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WHERE CONONDALE Na­tional Park is lo­cated 130km north­west of Bris­bane. The park cov­ers more than 350km² of rain­for­est and tim­bered ar­eas. With stun­ning views, crys­tal clear wa­ter­ways and a huge ar­ray of fauna, this an­cient area has a spe­cial feel.

CAMP­ING THERE are two main camp­ing ar­eas within the park. The Char­lie More­land area, lo­cated in the north­ern end of the park, has been set up for cars. Booloumba Creek camp­ground has been di­vided into four ar­eas, but they’re only ac­ces­si­ble by 4WD as you have up to three river cross­ings, de­pend­ing on your camp­site. You must pre­book be­fore ar­rival at camp and dis­play your tag.

SUP­PLIES AND FA­CIL­I­TIES THERE are fire pits, pit toi­lets and some shel­ters in the camp­ing ar­eas. The day use area has gas bar­be­cues. Fire­wood can’t be gath­ered in the park and bagged wood is sold at road­side stalls out­side the park. There is phone re­cep­tion at the look­out and fire tower. If col­lect­ing wa­ter from the creeks or taps, boil it be­fore use. To de­ter feral an­i­mals, there are no bins within the park. Ke­nil­worth has ba­sic sup­plies and fuel.

MAPS AND GUIDES THE QDNP web­site has all rel­e­vant camp­ing, walk­ing and state for­est maps: www.nprsr.

FUR­THER INFO BE well pre­pared on the longer hikes, as they cover rough terrain in re­mote ar­eas. Try to avoid hol­i­day times and week­ends – be­ing close to Bris­bane and the Sun­shine Coast, Conondale gets very busy. Moun­tain bike and horse rid­ing is en­cour­aged within the park, so stay alert. Up-to-date info can be had from the Ke­nil­worth In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on (07) 5446 0122.

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