High, remote and rough, Sundown National Park (south west of Stanthorpe) entices both self-sufficient campers and experienced bushwalkers to explore its rugged ridges and gorges. Camp at one of five camping areas (three accessible by four-wheel-drive only) or hike in to a secluded bush camp. From Broadwater campground, enjoy the short graded walk to Permanent Waterhole. More experienced walkers can explore the Severn River or the upper reaches of Ooline Creek. Look for king orchids, woodland birds and waterbirds, or try your luck throwing a lure in one of waterholes (line fishing allowed).... more
From the park's north-eastern boundary, experienced walkers can enjoy a two-day circuit taking in Mount Lofty and Red Rock Gorge, while four wheel drives can continue to campsites along the Severn River. A short (500 metre return) graded track leads to a lookout giving views over Red Rock Gorge and beyond.... less
Children are welcome. Supervise children closely, especially near cliffs and watercourses.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. Bookings in advance by phoning or online.
How To Get There
Broadwater camping area is 80 kilometres south-west of Stanthorpe or 62 kilometres west of Wallangarra (on the Queensland-New South Wales border). Burrows camping area is 34 kilometres west of Ballandean, including 20 kilometres of rough four wheel driving track.
Walkers into remote areas need to be experienced and well-prepared. Topographic maps and sturdy footwear are essential.
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