Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area. Mount Keelbottom rises 130 metres above the surrounding plain and part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia and has links with the discovery of gold in the area in the mid-1800s. Parts of the township are privately owned. Please respect private property signs.... more
In the dry season, bush camp along the sandy edges of the Burdekin River. Explore the undeveloped walking trails that follow the river and Fletcher Creek, and discover basalt flows and a peaceful riverside setting. Longer hikes to Mount Keelbottom should only be undertaken by well-equipped and experienced walkers. Watch waterbirds from the river's edge. Ride trail-bikes and mountain bikes on the internal roads through the park.... less
How To Get There
The park is 42 kilometres north of Charters Towers. Access is via the Gregory Developmental Road (Lynd Highway). From the south, turn right on to an unsealed vehicle track at Fletcher Creek Crossing (camping area) and travel a further 2.5 kilometres along this track to the park entrance. The access road is unsealed and when dry, is accessible to all vehicle types with care. The road is closed during wet periods, which may occur between November and March. Certain areas of the former Dalrymple township are privately owned. Public access is not allowed in these areas. Please observe and respect 'private property' signs.
Camping fees apply.
Days can be very hot from October to March, reaching an average 32-36 degrees Celsius. Hot summer days at times exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Wet periods occur during this time that can make access difficult to impossible. It's best to visit in the cooler months from April to September when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 28 degrees Celsius.
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