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Getting there and getting around

Star trails over Lake Nuga Nuga. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

Star trails over Lake Nuga Nuga. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

From Roma on the Warrego Highway, turn onto Carnarvon Developmental Road and travel north 89 km to Injune. Continue north 37 km from Injune, then turn right onto Arcadia Valley Access Road. Travel 83 km on gravel road (some sections sealed) to the Lake Nuga Nuga Road turnoff.

From Rolleston, travel south-east on the Dawson Highway for 28 km and turn right at Arcadia Valley Access Road. Travel 58 km on gravel and turn right at the Lake Nuga Nuga turnoff.

Neither route is suited to wet weather travel. The last 7 km into the national park requires caution in wet weather. 4WD vehicles recommended.

Maps:

Park features

Nuga Nuga National park preserves remnants of endangered bonewood Macropteranthes leichhardtii scrub and the vulnerable ooline Cadellia pentastylis, which are significant values of the Southern Brigalow Belt.

Lake Nuga Nuga is the largest natural water body within the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt and provides valuable habitat for water birds in an otherwise arid sandstone landscape. Water lillies on the lake flower at certain times of the year and the lake is dappled with colour providing visitors with photographic opportunities. The lake completely dries up at certain times.

Camping and accommodation

Lake Nuga Nuga at dusk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

Lake Nuga Nuga at dusk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

Camping

A bush camping area with no facilities is located on the banks of Lake Nuga Nuga.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in and around Roma, Injune and Rolleston. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Photography can be a rewarding activity in Nuga Nuga National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

Photography can be a rewarding activity in Nuga Nuga National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Qld Govt.

Willy wagtails snatch insects feeding on water lillies at Lake Nuga Nuga. Photo: Gareth Graham, Qld Govt.

Willy wagtails snatch insects feeding on water lillies at Lake Nuga Nuga. Photo: Gareth Graham, Qld Govt.

Nuga Nuga National Park favours low-impact nature-based activities, such as nature observations, photography, bushwalking and canoeing or kayaking. Birdwatching can be rewarding, with more than 150 different birds recorded in the park and on Lake Nuga Nuga.

Nuga Nuga has no visitor facilities or formal walking tracks. Visitors need to be mindful of their safety in this remote park. Take a compass when exploring.

Boating and Fishing

You may canoe, kayak, swim or fish at Lake Nuga Nuga. Motorised boats and jet skis are not permitted.

Viewing wildlife

Large numbers of birds such as pelicans, black swans, magpie geese, brolgas and grey teal and many others use the lake. Lake Nuga Nuga is a great place for photography especially when the lillies are flowering. Read more about the wildlife in Nuga Nuga National Park in Nature, culture and history.

Things to know before you go

 Essentials to bring

Visitors must be self-sufficient as there are no facilities provided at Nuga Nuga National Park. Be prepared and use sound judgement while visiting and walking in this remote park.

  • Wear sturdy shoes, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
  • Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies.
  • Prepare for an extra four or five days in case you become stranded due to wet weather.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can be cool.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

Nuga Nuga National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Nuga Nuga National Park.

Climate and weather

Temperatures in this region vary widely. Summer days can exceed 35°C. In winter, heavy frosts can be experienced as temperatures sometimes fall below freezing. Rain mostly falls between December and March however storms can occur throughout the year.

Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies to Nuga Nuga National Park is at Rolleston, 75 km north-west of the park or Injune, 130 km south-west of the park.

Staying safe

Be aware of potential dangers and take care of yourself while exploring Nuga Nuga National Park. By following a few simple steps you can make your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

  • Plan your trip carefully—this is essential.
  • Roads may become impassable during and after rain, so ensure you take extra supplies.
  • Be prepared, even on short walks. Judge your ability and park conditions carefully before setting out. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger.
  • Stay with children at all times.
  • Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from all sources.
  • Protect yourself from the sun and insect bites. Wear sunscreen, at hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear sturdy footwear.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • When planning remote bushwalking leave a copy of your bushwalking plans with a friend, relative or other reliable adult. This person has the responsibility of contacting police if you are overdue. Your plan should include:
    • your name, address, number of people in you party, ages and any medical conditions;
    • vehicle registration, make, model, colour and parking location; and
    • the route you are taking, and expected times of departure and return.
  • Walk with one or more friends. At least one member of each party should be a competent map-reader and bushwalker.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive. Keep your food securely packed away when your campsite is not attended.
  • Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.

The nearest hospital to Nuga Nuga National Park is at Injune, 130 km south-west of the park. There is a full-time doctor present and access to flying doctor facilities.

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

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines.

  • Preferably use a fuel stove. Open fires are allowed in fire rings (only). Bring your own clean-milled firewood. Please observe any fire bans.
  • Leave domestic animals at home. Pets disturb native wildlife and other campers.
  • Leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
  • Ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper are properly buried (15 cm deep) well away from tracks, campsites, watercourses and drainage channels (at least 100 m away). Take disposable nappies and sanitary products out of the park and dispose of appropriately.
  • When washing cooking equipment, always wash at least 100 m from streams and lakes. Waterways should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, sunscreens and food scraps.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.

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

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Nuga Nuga National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

Injune Visitor Information Centre
www.visitmaranoa.com.au
Hutton Street, Injune Qld 4454
ph (07) 4626 0503
fax (07) 4626 0591
email injuneVIC@maranoa.qld.gov.au

Roma Visitor Information Centre
www.visitmaranoa.com.au
2 Riggers Road, Roma Qld 4455
ph (07) 4622 8676
fax (07) 4622 8687
email romainfo@westnet.com.au

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre Emerald
www.capricornholidays.com.au
3 Clemont Street, Emerald Qld 4720
ph (07) 4982 4142
email emerald@capricorntourism.com.au

For information on road conditions contact:

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

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Last updated
9 October 2013