The desert comes alive at dusk. Pic: queensland.com

Diamantina National Park is located in Queensland’s central west Channel Country and is almost 1,300km inland of Brisbane. Considering it’s remote location, you’d be forgiven for underestimating what a comparatively lush inland paradise the Diamantina is.

For a region girt by dusty dunes and gibber plains, the park is home to a series of gorgeous waterholes, as well as the ponderous Diamantina River.

The park’s relative isolation from major population centres and touring hotspots means that while it may require a little extra planning and effort to get out here; you’ll have a good to excellent chance of exploring the region in solitude and should have no trouble snapping up the best campsites.

You’ll need to factor in a week for a trip out here and the best time to visit is in the cooler months from May to September.


4WDING: High clearance 4WD vehicles are necessary for access to the parks unsealed and often heavily rutted roads and tracks. Several popular routes within the park can quickly become impassable after rain. Wet conditions are common during the summer months.

LAKE CONSTANCE AND HUNTER GORGE are important wetlands within the park that support breeding populations of a huge variety of birds. Definitely worth a visit to witness these lush oases set amongst the surrounding gibber plains.


LOCATION: 1,278km inland of Brisbane, access is via the Warrego Highway, the A2 and the Kennedy Developmental Road.

CAMPING is available within the park at the Hunters Gorge and Gum Hole camping areas. Both campsites are only equipped with pit toilets and require permits which can be booked online at www.npsr.qld.gov.au

FUEL is available at surrounding towns of Longreach, Winton and Windorah.

MORE INFO is available at www.npsr.qld.gov.au

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