- 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
Mount Archer National Park lies on Rockhampton's north-eastern outskirts. It has two entrances and both are accessible via sealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles.
- Follow Dean Street north and turn right at the roundabout into Frenchville Road. Follow this road for 3 km and turn right into Pilbeam Drive, a steep 5 km drive featuring lookouts with easy roadside access. This road will lead you to Mount Archer's summit.
- The park's lower entrance is off Old Norman Road and German Street and not easily seen. There is no designated car park and you are advised not to commence the steep Zamia Walk from this entrance. See Things to do for more information on walking in Mount Archer National Park.
Rockhampton Regional Council manages Fraser Park, on Mount Archer's summit. It has a 500 m wheelchair-accessible circuit past two lookouts. Wheelchair-accessible toilets and picnic tables are also provided.
Mount Archer National Park protects bushland remnants in the Berserker Ranges, a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton. At 604 m above sea level, Mount Archer is the highest peak and provides spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges. The park covers 4250 ha of open forest and woodland communities dominated by eucalypts, with a large pocket of dry rainforest in the deeply incised Moores Creek valley. The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value and include several plant species with restricted distributions.
- Read more about the area's nature, culture and history.
Camping is not permitted in Mount Archer National Park.
There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Rockhampton. For more information see the tourism information links below.
You can explore Mount Archer's summit on two short walks within the council-managed Fraser Park, starting from the picnic area.
Walks within Fraser Park
Walking Track Circuit (Grade: Easy, wheelchair-accessible)
Distance: 500 m circuit
Time: Allow 20 minutes
Details: Enjoy spectacular views from two lookouts. From one you can look west over Rockhampton and the Fitzroy River, and from the other you can look east as far as the coast. The track starts near the toilets.
Bracken Fern Way (Grade: Easy)
Distance: 1.4 km return
Time: Allow 45 minutes
Details: From the lower end of the picnic area, you can walk to Grasstree Lookout to see the three peaks of Mounts Badger, Sleipner and Berserker.
Walks within the national park
Sleipner Lookout Walk (Grade: Moderate)
Distance: 2.4 km return
Time: Allow 1 hour
Details: Enjoy the first section of the Zamia Walk to Sleipner Lookout to see the distinct pointy peak of Mount Sleipner and its spectacular surrounds. The return walk is uphill and can be challenging.
Zamia Walk (Grade: Difficult)
Distance: 14 km one-way
Time: Allow up to 5 hours
Details: The full Zamia Walk is a long descent from the top of Mount Archer, through the national park to the park's lower entrance. It is best to walk this track from top to bottom and arrange to be picked up at the lower exit at German Street (refer to map).
Picnic and day use areas
Enjoy a picnic at Fraser Park, on Mount Archer's summit. Rockhampton Regional Council manages this park and day use area. Picnic tables, barbecues and wood, drinking water and toilets are provided.
Mount Archer is home to a variety of woodland birds including vulnerable powerful owls. Glossy black-cockatoos can also be seen feeding on she-oak seeds. If you wait quietly, you may see unadorned rock-wallabies come to drink from Moores Creek in the early morning and late afternoon. Keep alert and remain quiet—you might be surprised by what you find at Mount Archer.
- Read more about the area's nature, culture and history.
Essentials to bring
Enjoy your visit to Mount Archer by remembering to bring:
- first-aid kit
- insect repellent
- sun protection.
Mount Archer National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round; however, extreme conditions may cause temporary closures.
Permits and fees
Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken in Mount Archer National Park. Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us for further information.
Rockhampton Regional Council permits dogs in Fraser Park, but they should remain on a leash at all times. Pets are not permitted in the adjacent Mount Archer National Park.
Climate and weather
The Rockhampton region has a tropical climate, with average summer temperatures about 32°C. However summer daytime temperatures can exceed 40°C. Rockhampton winters are mild and often dry, with average temperatures around 20°C. The cooler months are the best time to visit.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Rockhampton. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Mount Archer National Park provides an opportunity for you to encounter the Rockhampton region's wildlife. However, the park also has some harmful species and can present some danger to the unwary visitor.
When bushwalking please:
- Wear sturdy footwear and carry plenty of water.
- Tell someone responsible your plans, and advise them of your safe return.
- Be prepared to encounter wildlife such as snakes and know how to respond.
- Ensure you have enough daylight as light levels fade rapidly before sunset and you could get disorientated.
- Do not rely on mobile phones. There is occasional mobile phone coverage from the ridge lines only.
- Cyclones are common along Queensland's tropical coastline. Never go bushwalking if a cyclone is imminent and be prepared for an emergency.
In an emergency
In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000) (if this fails dial 112).
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Help protect Mount Archer National Park for generations to come, by observing the following guidelines.
- Leave pets at home. They disturb wildlife and may become lost or injured.
- Take your rubbish with you. It is unsightly and can harm wildlife.
- Let animals find their own food. Feeding animals encourages them to be aggressive towards people.
- Leave mountain bikes, trail bikes and all-terrain-vehicles outside the park. They erode tracks, damage vegetation and put other visitors at risk.
- Avoid damaging plants or disturbing wildlife. All things, living and dead, are protected in the national park.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) is responsible for Mount Archer National Park. Rockhampton Regional Council manages Fraser Park, on Mount Archer's summit.
The Berserker Wilderness Land Management Advisory Committee, comprised of various stakeholders including NPSR, has prepared a Pest Management Plan, Fire Strategy and Community Action Plan. The plans allow for the managed use of Mount Archer National Park and the surrounding areas.
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ph (07) 4939 4888 or 1800 675 785
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