The 13,800 hectares 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 and sinkholes formed when water percolated through 500 million year-old layers of soluble dolomite creating caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75 metres deep. Visitors should be extremely cautious around the edge of the sinkholes. The caves are not accessible to visitors.
How To Get There
The caves are not accessible to visitors.
By road, the park is 8 kilometres south of Camooweal. Take the Urandangi Road south of Camooweal and turn left into the park. From this boundary, the caves car park is 14 kilometres and the camping area 16 km. Access by conventional vehicle is possible in dry weather although some difficulties may be experienced at creek crossings or on rocky sections. The road is not suitable for conventional vehicles towing caravans and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Do not attempt to access the park during or after wet weather as the road can be impassable.
Camping fees apply.
This area has distinct wet and dry seasons, with unpredictable monsoonal rains falling between October and April. From May to September it is cooler and drier, making this the best time to visit the park. South-easterly winds at this time of the year help to make conditions more hospitable. Temperatures can be extremely high for the rest of the year, regularly exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in the summer.
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