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Getting there and getting around

Homevale National Park is 70 km south-west of Mackay, near Nebo. From Nebo, drive back towards Mackay along the Peak Downs Highway for 6 km before turning left into Nebo-Glenden Road. Follow this road for 11.2 km and turn right into Turrawulla Road. From this intersection drive about 23 km, passing the Homevale-Mount Britton turnoff, to the signed right-hand turn into Moonlight Dam camping area. From this turnoff, it is 6 km to the camping area.

It is also possible to reach Homevale from the north via Eungella National Park. To reach Eungella from Mackay, drive 80 km west along the Mackay-Eungella Road to Eungella township. At the head of the valley, the road winds sharply and steeply up the Clarke Range—not recommended for caravans. When you reach Eungella township at the top of the range, follow the road sweeping left through Eungella National Park to Broken River. From Broken River, follow Eungella Dam Road for 24.5 km before turning left into Pipeline Road (also known as Lizzie Creek Road). Follow Pipeline Road for 17.3 km and turn left into Turrawulla Road. From this intersection, it is 36.1 km to the signed left-hand turn into Moonlight Dam camping area. From this turnoff, it is 6 km to the camping area.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Homevale National Park.

Park features

Cliffs, peaks and spires are prominent here. Thirty million years ago a series of eruptions covered older basalt rocks with lava, creating hard granite formations. Over time, basalt eroded away more easily leaving the spectacular Diamond Cliffs, Marling Spikes and Sydney Heads you see today.

Forming along the Bowen Basin, these volcanoes also produced gold deposits and fertile basalt soils now supporting diverse plant life. Plant communities growing in Homevale include open grassy woodlands, notophyll vine forests, dry softwood scrub, open eucalypt forests and brigalow-belah communities.

Important fossil localities are also present with fossils dating from the Permian period (280-225 million years ago).

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Moonlight Dam offers a basic camping area with water and toilets. In this dry environment, open fires are not permitted.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

Commercial cabin-style accommodation and motels are available in Eungella and Nebo. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Walking

See Mackay Highlands Great Walk and Eungella National Park for explanation of track numbers shown on maps

The 56 km Mackay Highlands Great Walk traverses Homevale National Park.

Mackay Highlands Great Walk—56 km one way (3-5 days) Grade: Moderate to difficult

The 3–5 day walk is only for skilled walkers with high fitness levels. Experience rainforest and palm groves, cliffs and peaks, and quiet roads and farming communities. Read more about the Mackay Highlands Great Walk.

Driving

Explore Homevale National Park by vehicle and take the opportunity to extend your trip beyond Homevale to link-in with the Eungella and Mackay Highlands drive from Pine Grove (Eungella National Park) to Mount Britton (Homevale Regional Park 1). A network of quiet gravel vehicle tracks will give you a different view of rainforest, open woodland and dry open country. It also provides access to the Mackay Highlands Great Walk and a series of short walks, should you wish to further explore this spectacular area on foot.

To find out where each drive starts and finishes, match the map references below to the Eungella and Mackay Highlands map (PDF, 217K).

Moonlight Dam to Mount Britton—15 km one way (20 minute drive)

  • Map reference: (11)–(12)

This is a gravel road suitable only for 4WD vehicles. Please watch for walkers on shared sections. From Moonlight Dam, retrace 6 km back to the turnoff and turn left into Turrawulla Road. Follow this road for about 2.5 km, turn left into Homevale Road and then drive another 5.5 km to reach Mount Britton. All buildings are gone but Nebo Shire Council has marked original streets and presented historical photographs to give you a glimpse of the town in the 1880s.

Denham Range to Moonlight Dam—about 100 km one way (2 hour drive)

  • Map reference: (10)–(11)

Gravel tracks are suitable only for 4WD vehicles. Please watch for walkers on shared roads. Retrace the rough gravels tracks and Cockies Creek Road, turn left into Eungella Dam Road, follow for 14.8 km then turn left into Lizzie Creek Road and follow this for 17.3 km. Turn left into Turrawulla Road. Drive 40 km to the signed left turn into Moonlight Dam. It is then a further 6 km.

For a shorter drive, about 88 km, follow Eungella Dam Road for 24.5 km, turn left into Lizzie Creek Road, from here follow the directions above.

Picnic and day-use areas

Visitors interested in a quiet picnic spot could try Moonlight Dam or nearby Mt Britton. Both provide information and toilets.

Viewing wildlife

Set in the heart of this dry landscape, Moonlight Dam is a wildlife haven. A regular water source for bush birds and stopover point for migratory birds, the dam is the perfect spot to observe Homevale's birdlife.

About 100 bird species, from honeyeaters to brolgas, are known to live or visit here. A wander around with your binoculars and bird guide will be rewarding.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • sufficient food and water
  • first-aid kit—and know how to use it
  • fuel stove and fuel—fires are not permitted
  • sturdy footwear
  • protective clothing
  • insect repellent
  • ground sheet
  • strong rubbish bags—bins are not provided.

Opening hours

Homevale National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park office in neighbouring Eungella National Park is open weekdays (park duties permitting).

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests.

Organised event permits are required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use.

Contact us for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Homevale National Park.

Climate and weather

The region's dry season occurs during winter (June to August), with average temperatures from 10°C to 20°C. Between October and March, high humidity, strong seasonal rainfall and average temperatures of 20°C to 30°C make walking less comfortable.

Much of the yearly rainfall falls between December and March with the driest months being August/September.

Walk only between April and September to avoid wet and dry weather extremes. Be prepared for track closures during periods of high fire danger.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mackay, Proserpine, Nebo and Eungella. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Consider your fitness, ability and weather conditions carefully before setting out. Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety—even on a short stroll. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger.

  • Never walk alone—walk with family or friends.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them. Plan to complete your walk well before dark.
  • Keep to tracks to avoid getting lost.
  • Carry extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear boots or strong shoes for a comfortable walk.
  • Dress for comfort, use insect repellent and protect yourself from sun and rain.
  • Carry a mobile phone and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (try 112 if this fails) but remember coverage is very limited. Otherwise, send the fittest members of your party to get help, leaving someone behind to care for the injured.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help keep these places special during your stay.

  • Stay on designated walking tracks and roads. Taking shortcuts causes erosion and damages vegetation.
  • Leave your pets at home—you will protect your pet and native wildlife, and come across more animals on your walk.
  • Never feed or leave food for animals—you might be bitten or scratched. Let animals find their own food. Our foods can be harmful.
  • Pack strong rubbish bags for storing rubbish during your journey. Take all rubbish home with you. Carry a small container for cigarette butts.
  • Always use a fuel stove to reduce fire danger.
  • Carry a trowel and toilet paper to use where there are no facilities. Bury toilet waste at least 15 cm below the ground and 100 m from water. Clip-seal bags are handy for carrying sanitary items to dispose of after your walk.

See the guidelines on caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Homevale National Park was first gazetted in 1995. It is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its natural and cultural values for all time. A management plan for this park will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

Mackay Visitor Information Centre
www.mackayregion.com
The Mill, 320 Nebo Road, Mackay Qld, 4740
ph (07) 4944 5888 or 1300 130 001
fax (07) 4952 2034
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
28 April 2017