Deepwater National Park
On sandy soils to the west of the track grows a mosaic of paperbark forests, low shrubland dominated by wallum banksia and open heathlands. These taper into swamplands close to Deepwater Creek.
The creek water is stained brown by tannins and substances leached from surrounding heath plants. The creek is fringed by tall forests of swamp mahogany, paperbark and cabbage palms, and is broken in places by shallow sections of reed bed and paperbark forest. In these areas water only flows during the wet season.
Behind the beach, frontal dunes are vulnerable to erosion Stunted, twisted shrubs and creepers help keep sand from being blown away. Wind sheared thickets on the higher parts of the dune show the strength and direction of the prevailing wind.
In the lee of the dunes are patches of vine forest with banksias, weeping cabbage palms, Burdekin plums and rainforest species festooned with vines. Further inland are beautiful open forests of wattle, banksia, Moreton Bay ash and range of other trees and shrubs. Near the park's southern boundary is an area of rainforest.
Camping permits are required for all protected areas and can be obtained from the self-registration stand at the campgrounds or from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service office in the Town of 1770. Bookings are accepted three months in advance for the holiday periods.
Camping permits must be completed prior to setting up camp and displayed at your site.
For general enquiries, bookings and camping permits contact;
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
46 Quay Street PO Box 1735 Bundaberg QLD 4670
Tel (07) 4131 1600 Fax (07) 4131 1620
From the north (4WD Access) At Agnes Water, reached from the Bruce Highway via Miriam Vale, turn right into Springs Road. Follow this for 4km, then turn left. Follow an unsealed road for 1km then turn right down a sandy track. After 2.5km you will reach the park's northern boundary. The Wreck Rock campground is a further 6.8km.
From the south: (4WD Access recommended) From Bundaberg, take the Lowmead Road approximately 58km to Berajondo into Hills Road Proceed along this for 19.2km to a T-junction. Turn right into Coast Road and follow for 5.6km. Just before Wartburg, turn left into Fernfield road. Travel 7.5km along this then turn left into Deepwater Road. Follow the road 10.5km, cross the concrete ford, swing right and then turn immediately left into Wreck Rock camping area turnoff 5.5km. To continue north, the road through the park is sandy and unformed and unsuitable for conventional vehicles or cravans.
A campground and day visitor picnic area are situated at Wreck Rock. Defined camp sites, picnic tables, on cold shower and self-composting toilets, rainwater and bore-water are provided. Please follow instructions for toilet use carefully. Primitive camping without facilities is permissible at Middle Rock. A day use area is provided at Flat Rock.
Things to do
Many people come to Deepwater to enjoy the beach and fishing in a quiet unspoilt area. Swim only on beach patrolled by lifesavers. Walking along the beach or road gives you a chance to look closely at Deepwater's plants and animals and to absorb its peaceful atmosphere. For experienced bushwalkers, a walk from the beach west to the creek system is very interesting but the dense heath vegetation can be difficult to cross.
Birdwatching can be enjoyed by anyone, but it is especially good it you can walk around to different types of heath and forest to see the range of habitats the park has to offer. Emus strolling across the plains, red-tailed black cockatoos screeching through the trees, honeyeaters feeding in golden banksia flowers, brahminy kites soaring above the beaches and waterbirds among the swamps are common sites at Deepwater. Binoculars and a field bird guide are helpful.
From January to April, turtle hatchlings emerge from the nests, usually at night. Their emergence is a fascinating sight, but please watch quietly without handling the hatchlings. Their species is struggling to survive and handling the hatchlings may cause them to die. Avoid standing on the nest as you may push sand onto turtles still below the surface and suffocate them.
>> The beaches are free of vehicles to allow people to walk and fish in safety, to protect erodable dunes and to prevent the death of many turtle eggs. Please do not drive your vehicle onto the beach or the frontal dune and be aware of the impact on the vegetation wherever you drive.
>> Domestic animals, including dogs, are not allowed on all protected areas (National Parks, Conservation Parks, Resources Reserves).
>> Please remove all your rubbish.
>> Do not bury anything as it may be dug up by animals.
>> Stay to defined tracks.
>> Chainsaws and generator may not be used on the park.
>> Fires are no longer permitted in the national park. Please use a gas or fuel stove for cooking.
>> Look after yourself
>> Be careful not to become bogged on soft tracks or run out of fuel.
If you intend to bush walk, obtain a topographic map and ask for advice before departing. Carry adequate drinking water.
For local information contact:
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 280 Agnes Water QLD 4677
Tel (07) 4974 9350 Fax (07) 4974 9400