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About Eurimbula, Joseph Banks

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Getting there and getting around

Eurimbula National Park is located on the coast, east of Miriam Vale. Photo: Queensland Government

Eurimbula National Park is located on the coast, east of Miriam Vale. Photo: Queensland Government

Eurimbula National Park

From the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale, follow the road signs towards Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Look out for and turn left at the Eurimbula National Park sign, which is 10km before the town of Agnes Water. Then travel 4km to the park entrance.

From the park entrance, the sand road leads a few kilometres to a junction where the road to the right leads to Eurimbula camping area (9km) and the road on the left leads to Middle Creek camping area (13.5km).

As the road approaches Eurimbula Creek camping area it becomes a narrow sand track through low coastal rainforest.

The nearest boat ramps for accessing the boat accessible camping areas at Rodds Peninsular and Bustard Head are at Seventeen Seventy and Turkey Beach.

Is your vehicle and camper trailer suitable for sand road driving conditions?

  • 4WD vehicle required.
  • Camper trailers and small boat trailers are permitted.
  • Roads are not suitable for caravans.

Be aware! Watch for cattle on the road.

Also see: QPWS park alerts just before you go and check for road conditions.

Joseph Banks Regional Park

The regional park is located at Seventeen Seventy. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale and follow the signs to Agnes Water and on to Seventeen Seventy. The park office is at the edge of the park, 5km north of Agnes Water and 1.5km south of the rock monument.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks at Eurimbula National Park or Joseph Banks Regional Park.

Park features

Looking north towards Bustard Bay. Photo: Queensland Government

Looking north towards Bustard Bay. Photo: Queensland Government

Eurimbula National Park features a transition of vegetation and landform that is unique in Central Queensland. Look for the marked changes in plant communities from mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps and coastal lowland eucalypt forests with weeping cabbage palms to tall rainforest with elegant hoop pines.

Joseph Banks Regional Park's rocky headland is bounded by ocean on the east and estuary to the west and provides magnificent views north across Eurimbula National Park to Bustard Head and Rodds Peninsula.

Also see: Nature, culture and history

Camping and accommodation

Camping in Eurimbula National Park

Vehicle-based camping and boat-based camping are permitted at Eurimbula National Park. Two camping areas are accessible by 4WD only and another two camping areas are available for visitors arriving by boat.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Also see: Things to know before you go

Camping is not available in Joseph Banks Regional Park.

Other accommodation

Hotel, bed and breakfast and caravan park accommodation is available at Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Miriam Vale and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Walking

There is one formed walking track in Eurimbula National Park and there are two in Joseph Banks Regional Park. They are all Grade 3 walking tracks and relatively short. See descriptions below.

Key to track standards

Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

Class 3 walking track Grade 3 track
  • Well-defined, distinct tracks, variable in width. Muddy sections, steep grades and steps may be encountered. Some exposed roots and rocks.
  • All junctions signposted and may include interpretive signs.
  • May be partially overgrown; hazards such as fallen trees and rockfalls may be present.
  • Cliff edges and lookouts generally not fenced; appropriate caution required.
  • Reasonable level of fitness required and ankle-supporting footwear recommended.

Eurimbula National Park walking track

 Ganoonga Noonga lookout

Distance: 360m one way

Time: Allow about 20mins

Details: From the junction of the Middle Creek and Eurimbula Creek camping area access roads, travel approximately 1km along the Eurimbula Creek camping area access track to the lookout car park. A 360m walking track rises steeply to the lookout. From this vantage point you can view the low grounds (Ganoonga Noonga)—swamps and heaths—covering the parallel dunes that have built up over the last 6000 years. This walking track also provides panoramic views of the park. To the west is the Munro Range, to the north are Bray Hills and to the east lies Bustard Head and Bustard Bay.

Joseph Banks Regional Park walking tracks

Enjoy the natural beauty of this picturesque coastal park with spectacular views of the coast and hinterland from two lookouts located on the headland. To make your walk longer, begin at Captain Cook Drive and stop briefly at the rock cairn monument, then continue 1km to the car park and walking tracks at Round Hill Head.

 Wave lookout

Distance: 90m one way

Time: Allow about 10mins

Distance: Enjoy a short stroll across the headland to a viewing platform overlooking a small rocky bay. South easterly winds often whip waves into the bay and force a rich array of plants to creep low around the headland.

 Bustard Bay lookout

Distance: 300m one way

Time: Allow about 15mins

Details: This track begins at the northern end of the car park. The lookout walk passes through tussock grasslands, vine thicket and coastal woodland to a lookout at the tip of the headland.

Caution—please stay on the track:

  • Uneven and crumbling cliff edges can be dangerous.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • The sealed tracks are suitable for strollers but too steep for wheelchairs.

Intending to bushwalk away from the formed tracks?

  • Obtain a topographic map.
  • Ask for advice before setting off.
  • Never walk alone.
  • Ensure you carry enough drinking water.

Keep an eye on the time!

Allow 15–20mins to walk 1km*.

* Estimated walking time for people of average fitness and bushwalking experience, and who are wearing correct footwear. Allow more time to include rests and if you are walking with small children or inexperienced bushwalkers.

Picnic and day-use areas

Picnic facilities and toilets are provided just outside Joseph Banks Regional Park on the foreshore at Seventeen Seventy.

Boating

The coastal waters adjacent to Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Regional Park are within the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park.

  • Please ensure you are aware of the marine park zones and their restrictions before you go boating.
  • Explore Eurimbula Creek by boat or canoe at high tide.
  • Care must be taken as the creek has a flat sandy bottom with a broadly meandering channel not navigable at low tide.
  • Boat ramps are located at the Seventeen Seventy marina on Round Hill Creek.

Fishing

Coastal areas bordering the park are part of the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef marine parks—make sure you know the zones.

Viewing wildlife and wildflowers

At Eurimbula:

  • Photograph wildflowers in spring.
  • Bring your binoculars and a bird field guide to help you identify Eurimbula's diverse bird life.
  • See cormorants and white-bellied sea-eagles along the shore.
  • Look for red-tailed black-cockatoos and brolgas in the woodlands.

Enjoy views:

  • Over swamps, heathlands and the parallel sand dunes from Ganoonga Noonga lookout.
  • Watch for marine turtles and dolphins in the clear aquamarine waters below the lookout.
  • See the occasional migrating humpback whale offshore.

Explore Joseph Banks Regional Park's:

  • Wind-swept tussock grasslands
  • Small patches of dry vine forest
  • Low woodlands with she-oaks, pandanus, acacias, banksias and eucalypts.

Also see: description of the park's natural environment for more details about the region's diverse wildlife.

Other things to do

Swimming is not recommended.

If you choose to swim at Bustard Beach, be aware!

  • Bustard Beach is unpatrolled.
  • There may be rips—strong currents—and sharks.
  • Tragedies have occurred in the unpatrolled waters.
  • Marine stingers are in the waters between October and May.
  • Medical help or rescue can be hours away.
  • Safety is our concern, but always your responsibility.

Things to know before you go

Driving:

  • Access into Eurimbula National Park is by four-wheel-drive vehicle only.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.
  • The roads into Eurimbula are very narrow with no turn-around areas.
  • Do not take caravans into Eurimbula as they will get stuck and damaged by the roadside vegetation.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information about conditions in Eurimbula National Park, particularly after wet weather, as road conditions can change quickly.

Essentials to bring:

  • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know how to use it, as medical assistance may be hours away.
  • Bring heavy-duty bags or containers to store your rubbish in. No bins are provided in the parks; please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking and test it before you leave home.
  • Bring your own clean-cut firewood if intending to have a campfire. Collection of firewood and the use of chainsaws are prohibited.
  • Bring your own drinking water; some untreated rainwater is available. 
  • Ensure you pack insect repellent, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid bites, stings and sunburn.
  • A torch, preferably with a red filter to protect animals' eyes, is useful for spotlighting at night.
  • Binoculars are great for viewing wildlife from a distance and a camera is handy to capture moments of your holiday in these parks.

Opening hours

Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Regional Park are open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

  • A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
  • Book your camp site online.
  • Print off your camping tag after online booking and take it with you to display at your camp site.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.

Be aware!

  • Camping fees must be paid before camping overnight.
  • If you wish to extend your stay, you must make another booking.
  • Phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if amending or extending your stay; mobile phone charges may apply.
  • Best chance of good mobile phone reception is on the beach out from the Eurimbula Creek camping area and the headland up from Middle Creek camping area.
  • Mobile phone reception is generally not available elsewhere in the park.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Eurimbula National Park or Joseph Banks Regional Park.

Climate and weather

Eurimbula and Joseph Banks parks have a mild subtropical climate.

  • Summer can be hot and humid even in the evenings; temperature range 15°–33°C.
  • Winters are pleasantly mild; temperature range 7°–26°C.
  • Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The closest fuel and supplies are available from Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Miriam Vale and Bundaberg. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Driving and boating

  • Make sure your vehicle is suitable for the driving conditions. Access into Eurimbula National Park is by four-wheel-drive only.
  • Drive safely and watch out for the unexpected—slow down to allow time to react to changed road conditions and other park users.
  • Make sure your vehicle, boating and camping equipment is in good order.
  • Abide by warning, advisory and park closure notices.
  • Access to protected areas may not be permitted in wet weather.
  • Check park alerts for Eurimbula National Park.

Around water

  • Always supervise children.
  • The only patrolled swimming beach is the main beach at Agnes Water.
  • Other coastal and estuarine waters in this area can be treacherous and people have drowned.
  • Strong currents and sharks occur particularly around Eurimbula's creek systems and in Round Hill Creek at Seventeen Seventy.
  • Beware of marine stingers between October and May.
  • Stonefish are common in the creeks.

Around campfires

  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Stay with children and don't let them sit too close.
  • Don't let a campfire turn into a wildfire!—keep campfires small.
  • Whenever you leave, douse campfires with water not sand*.

* Embers can stay extremely hot for up to 15hrs when covered only with sand. Serious burn injuries have occurred on the soles of children's feet, who have walked bare-footed over old campfires that have only been covered with sand.

Picnics, camping and walking

  • Do not feed or leave food for animals, as your food can harm wildlife, cause them to rely on hand-outs and make them aggressive as they try to bully you or other visitors for more food.
  • Keep your food packed away when your camp site is not attended.
  • Always carry drinking water.
  • If you intend to walk off-track, obtain a topographic map and ask for advice before setting off. Before you leave, tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Hot sand hurts! When you first arrive, check your camp site for any leftover embers or hot spots of sand from previous campfire sites.
  • Keep shoes on your feet in all the camp sites.
  • If you intend on having a campfire, set it up in the fire rings provided.

Car security:

Thefts have occurred in this area.

  • Lock your car.
  • Remove your keys.
  • Remove all valuables—this includes garage remotes.

In an emergency

In case of accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000) (try 112 if this fails).
  • Advise the location and nature of the emergency.
  • Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

The nearest hospitals are in Bundaberg and Gladstone.

Some users may get mobile phone coverage in Joseph Banks Regional Park. Coverage in Eurimbula National Park is patchy and unreliable.

Also see: Safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

You can help protect the park and forest by observing these guidelines:

  • Please leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
  • Ensure campfires are put out properly with water not sand, before retiring for the night or leaving your camp site.
  • Keep your vehicle on the tracks; shortcutting and venturing off the track creates impacts such as erosion and soil compaction.
  • Vehicles are not permitted on beaches.
  • Use toilets if available.
  • If bush toileting is necessary, bury toilet waste and the used toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 50m from tracks, camps and waterways.
  • Carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products; never bury or burn them and bin them appropriately.
  • When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes.
  • Waterways should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.

Also see: Caring for parks.

Park management

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manage Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Regional Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present their important natural and cultural values in perpetuity.

Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks (Round Hill Head) Regional Park will be managed in accordance with the "Protected areas in the Agnes Water/1770 area Management Plan" currently in review.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism
West Visitor Information Centre

www.bundabergregion.org
271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
ph (07) 4153 8888
fax (07) 4153 8880
email info@bundabergregion.org

Agnes Water Visitor Information Centre
71 Springs Road, Agnes Water, QLD 4677
ph (07) 4902 1533
fax (07) 4902 1588
email agneswatervic@gapdl.com.au 

Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
www.gladstoneregion.org.au 
Marina Ferry Terminal, Bryan Jordan Drive
ph (07) 4972 9000
fax (07) 4972 5006
email gapdl@gladstoneregion.org.au

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

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Last updated
27 May 2014