White Mountains National Park

Spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, brilliant wildflowers and exceptionally diverse habitats, ranging from lancewood forests to sand dunes, make this outback park truly unique.


Park features


Covering an area of 108,000ha, this rugged wilderness park features spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, and diverse plants and animals. A further 12,000ha are contained in resources reserve on the eastern side of the park.


The park protects a total of 14 different ecosystems within the Desert Uplands Bioregion, making it one of inland Queensland's most botanically diverse parks. Lancewood forests, open woodlands, laterite pastures, heathlands and spinifex grasslands are found around the white sandstone outcrops, while sand dunes and sandy flats occur in the Canns Camp area. Brilliant wildflowers and a host of animals can be spotted throughout the park.


A vast arid landscape for most of the year, the park is transformed in the wet season, when streams come alive with the deluge of rainwater. The park contains the headwaters of streams flowing into three major catchment areas. Waters flow through several smaller streams into the Burdekin River and then to the east coast. The Flinders River flows north into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Water also flows through the channel country of western Queensland, eventually feeding into Lake Eyre in South Australia. White Mountains National Park is a major infill area for the Great Artesian Basin.



The Canns Camp Creek campground is approximately 11km west of the Burra Range lookout or 19km east of Torrens Creek. This is the only camping area in the national park. Access to Canns Camp Creek campground is recommended for 4WD vehicles only. During the wet season, between October and April, the road can be closed.


Eight campsites are provided in a peaceful open woodland setting. The campground is relatively undeveloped, although a basic toilet is provided. Visitors wishing to camp need to be self-sufficient and bring water and gas stoves. Fires are not permitted within the national park and the creek rarely flows. The campground is unsuitable for caravans or motorhomes.




No tracks are provided. White Mountains National Park is very remote and undeveloped and is only suitable for well-equipped, experienced bushwalkers. Walkers must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety.


Further information


QPWS Reef and National Parks Information Centre
Old Quarantine Station, Pallarenda
PO Box 5391, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4722 5224
fax (07) 4722 5222



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