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Camping in Bunya Mountains National Park

Buttress roots of the giant stinging tree. Photo Qld Govt.

Buttress roots of the giant stinging tree. Photo Qld Govt.

The park has three camping areas—Dandabah, Westcott and Burtons Well—catering for a range of camping experiences from small walk-in tent sites, to open areas suitable for larger groups and vehicles. All roads to the Bunya Mountains are steep, narrow and winding. The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises that all access roads are unsuitable for travel by long and/or heavy vehicles. Discretion is urged with respect to caravans, large motorhomes and large buses. No fuel is available on the mountain.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. You must obtain your permit before setting up camp. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. Permits are not available on site and must be booked prior to your visit. Bookings should be made up to 12 months in advance for school holidays, long weekends and large groups.

Park-specific conditions

The maximum length of stay is 14 nights.

Ticks are active all year in the Bunya Mountains and can cause serious illness or paralysis. Wear insect repellent and check yourself and children carefully for ticks.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

Dandabah camping area

Dandabah camping area is centrally located and close to walking tracks and other facilities. Photo: M O'Connor, Qld Govt.

Dandabah camping area is centrally located and close to walking tracks and other facilities. Photo: M O'Connor, Qld Govt.

Campground features: Large, open grassy area with vehicle access to sites. This is a popular, well-developed area close to private facilities; including a restaurant, small general store and holiday accommodation. A public phone is available nearby.

Location: Near the QPWS information centre at the southern entrance to the park.

Access: The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible for trailers, caravans and buses. All roads to the Bunya Mountains are steep, narrow and winding. The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises that all access roads are unsuitable for travel by long and/or heavy vehicles. Discretion is urged with respect to caravans, large motorhomes and large buses.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 70 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, camper trailers and large groups.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Picnic tables, shelter sheds, rubbish bins, flushing toilets, hot showers, water (treat before drinking), and coin-operated electric barbecues. Information is available from the QPWS information centre and staff on-site. There are walking tracks, self-guided walks and lookouts nearby.

Open fires: Prohibited.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Rubbish bags, insect repellent, 20c coins for barbecues. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Permits are not available on site.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Burtons Well camping area

Large grass trees are a feature of Burtons Well camping area - a quiet spot to picnic or to pitch a tent. Photo courtesy of R Ashdown.

Large grass trees are a feature of Burtons Well camping area - a quiet spot to picnic or to pitch a tent. Photo courtesy of R Ashdown.

Campground features: A large, well-grassed open area surrounded by forest. There are a number of ancient grasstrees scattered through the camping area.

Location: About 8.5 km north-west of the QPWS information centre.

Access: The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is not accessible for trailers, caravans or buses. Although the campground is accessible by car, it is not possible to drive onto the camp sites. Parking is available only a short distance from each camp site.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 50 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only; cars must remain in carparks nearby.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Water (treat before drinking), toilet (hybrid system), picnic tables, wood barbecues, firewood and cold showers. A donkey boiler is available nearby to heat water for showering—take care when using and follow the operational guidelines provided on site.

Open fires: In fireplaces only, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Please use the supplied firewood sparingly and make sure your fire is out before you leave it; extinguish with water, not sand or dirt. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Rubbish bags (no bins are provided) and insect repellent. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended. Bring buckets to carry warm water from the donkey boiler to the bush shower cubicle provided. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Permits are not available on site.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

Westcott camping area

Lookouts near the Westcott camping area give great views west across the Darling Downs. Photo Qld Govt.

Lookouts near the Westcott camping area give great views west across the Darling Downs. Photo Qld Govt.

Campground features: A small, semi-shaded grassy area suitable for tents only.

Location: About 4.2 km north-west of the QPWS information centre.

Access: The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is not accessible for trailers, caravans, motorhomes or buses. Although the campground is accessible by car, it is not possible to drive onto the camp sites—parking is available only a short distance from each camp site.

Number of sites: Open area without separately defined sites for up to 30 people.

Camp sites are suitable for: walk-in camping only.

Camp site surface: Grass.

Facilities: Picnic tables, water (treat before drinking), toilets (hybrid system), fireplaces and firewood. Please note: this camping area does not have showers.

Open fires: In fireplaces only, except when fire bans or prohibitions apply. Please use wood sparingly and ensure your fire is out before you leave it—extinguish with water, not sand or dirt. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended.

Generators: Not permitted.

Essentials to bring: Rubbish bags (no bins are provided) and insect repellent. Fuel or gas stoves are recommended. Read more about things to know before you go.

Bookings: Book online, over-the-counter or by phone. Permits are not avilable on site.

Mobile phone coverage: Poor.

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Last updated
29 November 2013