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Camping in Sundown National Park

Rats Castle is a 6 km return walk from Burrows Waterhole. Photo: Peter Haselgrove, NPRSR.

Rats Castle is a 6 km return walk from Burrows Waterhole. Photo: Peter Haselgrove, NPRSR.

Sundown provides a variety of camping experiences. Camping areas at The Broadwater and Nundubbermere Falls can be accessed by conventional vehicles, while a rough 4WD track leads to camping areas at Red Rock Gorge, Reedy Waterhole and Burrows Waterhole. All camping areas, except Red Rock Gorge, are on the Severn River.

Bush camping is permitted in all areas of the park. For your safety consult rangers about your proposed trip and to learn of park conditions or special operations such as planned burns.

Please note: camping permits are required for all nights spent in the park.

Grass and kangaroo ticks are present in the warmer months. While annoying, they normally present no serious danger. Insect repellent may assist.

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

Park-specific conditions:

  • The maximum length of stay is 21 nights.

See frequently asked questions for more information to help you plan your camping.

Read more about staying safe and looking after the park.

The Broadwater camping area

Features Individual sites on the bank of the Severn River. Read about the park’s vegetation, geology and bushwalking at the information shelter.
Location About 1 km east of the park headquarters.
Access The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle via a narrow track. Caravans longer than 4 m will not fit across the small bridge leading to the campground.
Number of sites
  • The Broadwater east: seven numbered sites of varying size.
  • The Broadwater west: eight numbered sites of varying size.
  • The Broadwater large group area: large open area. For groups of 15–30 people only.
Suitable for Tent camping beside your car; caravans (less than 4 m); camper trailers; small motorhomes; large groups. Note: site sizes and entrance widths vary.
Surface Earth/grass.
Facilities Small barbecues, pit toilets, bush showers with donkey heater (boil your own water), water at headquarters. Rubbish bins are not provided—remove all your rubbish. There are no powered sites.
Open fires Not permitted.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags (no bins are provided), insect repellent, container to carry water from headquarters (treat before drinking), fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding. Bring your own clean, milled firewood if you want to use the barbecues as firewood is not provided. Never collect wood from the bush. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings
  • The Broadwater east (Sites 1–7)—advance bookings are required at all times for these sites. Self-registration camping does not apply. Book online or by phone.
  • The Broadwater west (Sites 8–15)—for long weekends advance bookings are essential. Book online or by phone. In off-peak periods self-register before you set up camp.
  • The Broadwater large group area (Site 16)—advance bookings are required at all times. Book by phone.
  • Broadwater camping area map (PDF, 177K)* 
Mobile phone coverage Limited.

Red Rock Gorge camping area

Features A small, open area surrounded by forest. A 250 m track leads from the camping area to a lookout at Red Rock Gorge.
Location Access is via a rough 4WD track from the north-eastern entrance of the park. It takes about 40 minutes to drive the 7 km to the camping area.
Access The camping area can be reached by 4WD vehicle only.
Number of sites Open area without separately defined sites. This area has a maximum capacity of 10 people. The maximum group size is six people.
Suitable for Tent camping beside your vehicle; walk-in camping.
Surface Earth.
Facilities Pit toilet.
Open fires Fuel/gas stoves recommended.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags (no bins are provided), insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding, firewood. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings Camping is not permitted on Queensland long weekends. For all other periods, bookings can be made online, by phone or at the self-registration station at the park entrance.
Mobile phone coverage Limited.

Burrows Waterhole camping area

Features A large, open grassy area on the Severn River surrounded by woodland. Undeveloped and accessible only by 4WD. The river water is not suitable for drinking without purification.
Location About 20 km from the north-eastern entrance of the park. It takes 2 hours to drive to the camping area along a rough 4WD track.
Access The camping area can be reached by 4WD vehicle only.
Number of sites Open area without separately defined sites. This area has a maximum capacity of 60 people. The maximum group size is six people.
Suitable for Tent camping beside your vehicle; walk-in camping; large groups.
Surface Earth/grass.
Facilities Pit toilets.
Open fires Fuel or gas stoves recommended.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding, firewood. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings Advance bookings are essential for all Queensland long weekends. Book online, by phone or at the self-registration station at the park entrance. No self-registration is available on long weekends.
Mobile phone coverage Not available.

Reedy Waterhole camping area

Features A large open area with some shady spots.
Location Accessible from the north-eastern entrance to the park. It takes about 1 hr 50 mins to drive the 18 km along the rough 4WD track to the camping area.
Access The camping area can be reached by 4WD vehicles only.
Number of sites Open area without separately defined sites. This area has a maximum capacity of 36 people. The maximum group size is six people.
Suitable for Tent camping beside your vehicle; walk-in camping.
Surface Earth/grass.
Facilities No facilities.
Open fires Fuel or gas stoves recommended.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding, firewood. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings Advance bookings are essential for all Queensland long weekends. Book online, by phone or at the self-registration station at the park entrance. No self-registration is available on long weekends.
Mobile phone coverage Not available.

Nundubbermere Falls camping area

Features A small, semi-shaded grassy area suitable for tents only.
Location At the northern end of the park off Nundubbermere Road.
Access The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle.
Number of sites Open area without separately defined sites.
Suitable for Tent camping beside your car.
Surface Earth/grass.
Facilities No facilities.
Open fires Fuel or gas stoves recommended.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags, insect repellent, fuel or gas stove, warm clothing and warm bedding, firewood. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings Book online or by phone or at the self-registration station at the park entrance. Advance bookings are essential for all Queensland long weekends. No self-registration is available on long weekends.
Mobile phone coverage Not available.

Bush camping

Location Throughout the park.
Access Walk-in only.
Number of sites No allocated sites. Maximum group size is eight people.
Suitable for Tent camping only.
Campsite surface Earth/grass.
Facilities No facilities.
Open fires Allowed (except when fire bans apply) but fuel or gas stoves recommended.
Generators Not permitted.
Essentials to bring Drinking water, rubbish bags (no bins provided), fuel or gas stove, insect repellent, warm clothing and bedding, first-aid kit, compass and topographic map. Read more about Things to know before you go.
Bookings Advance bookings are required at all times for these sites. Self-registration camping does not apply. Book online or by phone.
Mobile phone coverage Limited.

Please note: bushwalkers should leave their route details with the ranger but should also advise a friend or family member of their whereabouts and expected return time.

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Last updated
5 December 2012