Welford National Park is part of the Cooper Creek catchment. To help you plan your visit to this remote area, go to the Parks of Central West Queensland web page.
Welford National Park’s northern boundary is 30km south-east of Jundah and the park has a northern and southern entrance. Lying on the Barcoo River, this 124,000ha park can be accessed from either Jundah, Windorah, Blackall or Quilpie.
Access roads are unsealed and a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.
Even small amounts of rain can make roads impassable so always be prepared and have at least a week’s worth of extra supplies in case of stranding. Check with Queensland Transport or local council offices for current road conditions before your trip.
Southern entrance—accessible via Blackall, Quilpie or Windorah
From Blackall, travel south-west on the Yaraka-Retreat Road for 255km to the Jundah-Quilpie Road, turn right and travel 3km to the park’s entrance.
From Quilpie, travel north-west for 195km along the Diamantina Developmental Road towards Windorah. Turn right onto the Jundah-Quilpie Road, and travel 60km to the park entrance.
From Windorah, head south-east towards Quilpie for 50km, then turn left onto the Jundah-Quilpie Road and head north-east for 60km, to the park’s entrance.
Once you’ve reached the park’s southern boundary, travel 500m north and turn right to the park office, Trafalgar Waterhole and the Mulga Drive, or travel a further 500m north and turn left to access Little Boomerang Waterhole, the River Drive and the Desert Drive.
Visiting is recommended from April to September as summer temperatures reach over 40°C during the day, and summer rains often cause flooding. Rain can fall at any time of year and flooding can occur up to two weeks after rain elsewhere in the catchment, resulting in unexpected creek rises and road closures.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meterology.
Fuel and supplies
The nearest fuel and supplies are at Jundah (55 km) and Windorah (110 km).
This park is remote and rangers may not be on park to help you. You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies.
Bush camping is permitted at Little Boomerang Waterhole, on the Barcoo River. A toilet is provided.
Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Find out more about camping in Welford National Park.