Camooweal Caves National Park
Wide expanses of Mitchell grass plains and spinifex woodland are protected in this park on the Barkly Tableland, a peaceful stopover for travellers and ideal for seasonal birdwatching.
The 13,800ha of semi-arid Barkly Tablelands that make up Camooweal Caves National Park are characterised by open eucalypt woodland, spinifex, turpentine wattle shrubland and extensive areas of Mitchell grass plains. The park provides a stopover for weary travellers to camp and refresh in a remote bush setting. A variety of birds including waterbirds and woodland species can be seen in the park at different times of the year.
The caves are sinkholes in the ground. Here, water has percolated through 500 million year-old layers of soluble dolomite creating caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75m deep. Visitors should be extremely cautious around the edge of the sinkholes. The caves are not accessible to visitors.
The Caves Waterhole camping area is located 14km from the park entrance. Bush camping facilities include a pit toilet, picnic tables and a shelter shed. Drinking water is not provided. Bring adequate fresh water and a fuel stove.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. Obtain permits from the self-registration stand upon arrival. Please camp with minimum impact and take all rubbish with you when you leave.
There are no designated walking tracks at this park.
Picnic and day use areas
Picnic tables are provided at Caves Waterhole camping area. Facilities include a pit toilet and sheltered area.
Most animals inhabiting the park rest during the day to avoid the heat, making dawn and dusk the best times to look for wildlife. The ridge-tailed monitor can be seen among the rocky outcrops where it feeds on insects and small lizards.
The seasonal waterhole attracts waterbirds including spoonbills, cormorants, herons and ducks. A variety of woodland bird species can also be spotted.
Other animals are nocturnal. Within the protection of the caves, ghost bats and other insect-eating bats roost, emerging after dark. Owls also roost in these caves feeding on small nocturnal mammals like the long-haired rat.