- Getting there and getting around
- Park features
- Camping and accommodation
- Things to do
- Things to know before you go
- Staying safe
- Looking after the park
- Park management
- Tourism information links
- Further information
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, head towards Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy along Fingerboard Road. Keep following the signs to Agnes Water. 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 this point an 11km bush track (4WD only) leads to Bustard Beach and the Eurimbula Creek camping area at the mouth of Eurimbula Creek.
- 4WD access only.
- Camper trailers and small boat trailers are permitted.
- Roads are not suitable for caravans.
- Watch for cattle on the road.
Also see: QPWS park alerts just before you go and check for road conditions.
Joseph Banks Conservation Park
The conservation 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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks at Eurimbula National Park or Joseph Banks Conservation Park.
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 Conservation 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 in Eurimbula National Park
Vehicle-based camping, boat camping and bush camping are permitted at Eurimbula National Park. Two camping areas are accessible by 4WD only and another 2 camping areas are available for visitors arriving by boat.
Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Find out more about camping in Eurimbula National Park.
- Book your camp site online.
- A camping tag—printable after booking online—with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Also see: Things to know before you go
Camping is not available in Joseph Banks Conservation Park
Camping is not permitted in Joseph Banks Conservation Park. There are no facilities except walking tracks and lookouts.
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.
There is 1 formed walking track in Eurimbula National Park and there are 2 in Joseph Banks Conservation Park. They are all Class 3 walking tracks and relatively short. See descriptions below.
Key to track standards
The classification system is based on Australian 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 track (Australian Standards)
- 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.
Walking track in Eurimbula National Park
Ganoonga Noonga lookout (Class 3)
Distance: 360m one way
Time: Allow about 20mins
Details: The lookout car park is 3km from the park entrance along the Eurimbula Creek track. 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.
Walking tracks in Joseph Banks Conservation Park
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 (Class 3)
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 (Class 3)
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.
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 Conservation Park on the foreshore at Seventeen Seventy.
The coastal waters adjacent to Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Conservation 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.
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.
- For detailed zoning maps and information visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website.
- Crabbing is not permitted in Eurimbula Creek. For details visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestries website.
- In camping areas, treat all refuse from fish cleaning as rubbish and remove it from the park.
- On the beach, all refuse from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 30cm deep, below the high tide line.
Viewing wildlife and wildflowers
- 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.
- over swamps, heathlands and the parallel sand dunes from Ganoonga Noonga lookout.
- of marine turtles and dolphins in the clear aquamarine waters below the lookout.
- out to sea and perhaps spot a passing humpback whale offshore on its annual migration.
Explore Joseph Banks Conservation 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. Tragedies have occurred in the unpatrolled waters.
If you choose to swim at Bustard Beach, be aware!
- Bustard Beach is unpatrolled.
- There may be rips—strong currents—and sharks.
- 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.
- Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know how to use it, as medical assistance may be hours away.
- A 4WD vehicle is needed for all roads into Eurimbula—no 2WDs.
- 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.
- 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 firewood if intending to have a campfire.
- 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.
Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Conservation 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.
- 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.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Eurimbula National Park or Joseph Banks Conservation 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.
Driving and boating
- Access into Eurimbula National Park is by 4WD 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 a sensible place in your camp site—away from your tent or trailer—or better still, use an existing one.
Help stop car crime
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 Conservation Park. Coverage in Eurimbula National Park is patchy and unreliable.
Also see: Safety in parks and forests.
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.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manage Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Conservation 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) Conservation Park will be managed in accordance with the Protected areas in the Agnes Water/1770 area Management Plan currently in review.
Agnes Water Visitor Information Centre
71 Springs Road, Agnes Water, QLD 4677
ph (07) 4902 1533
fax (07) 4902 1588
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.