General Information


Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. 

It is important to help keep these places special by following these rules below:

Protect the flora and fauna

Remember, plants and animals are protected, so please do not trample plants when you are erecting your tent or walking.

Stay on the walking tracks.

Taking shortcuts causes erosion and damages vegetation.

Leave your campsite better than you found it.

Never feed or leave food for animals

You might be bitten or scratched.

Let animals find their own food.

Our foods can be harmful.

Be careful with fire

Use a fuel stove for cooking and use a fireplace where provided.

Put the fire out with water when you leave your camp site.

Don't collect firewood in the park.

Bring your own clean, milled wood.

Be sure to obey current fire restrictions.

Open fires are prohibited.

Leave no rubbish

Take your rubbish with you when you leave, don't bury it.

Pack strong rubbish bags for storing rubbish during your journey.

Carry a small container for cigarette butts.

Be considerate

People visit parks and forests to enjoy the sounds of nature, not noisy radios or generators.

Leave your pets at home

Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.

You will protect your pet and native wildlife by leaving them at home, and you will come across more animals on your walk.

Use toilets if provided

Carrying a shovel and toilet paper to use where there are no facilities.

Bury toilet waste at least 15cm below the ground and 100m from water.

Clip-seal bags are handy for carrying sanitary items to dispose of after your walk.

Protect creeks and lakes

Don't use soap, toothpaste or detergent in freshwater lakes or creeks, as they pollute the water.

Respect sacred sites

Rock art and other sites in parks and forests represent thousands of years of living culture with special significance to indigenous people.

These sites are easily damaged and are irreplaceable.

Look at them, enjoy them, but please do not touch or damage them.

Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) Offices

QGAP offices are authorised to take payments for camping permits in national parks.

The Isaac region has three QGAP offices located in Clermont, Middlemount and Moranbah.


Staying Safe

Parks and forests are wild places with hidden dangers for the unwary visitor. It is vital to pay close attention to signs that warn of local dangers. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger. Follow these tips to stay safe and have an enjoyable visit:

Be Prepared

Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them. Plan to complete your walk well before dark. Never walk alone - walk with family or friends. Make sure your camping equipment, vehicle and boat are in good working condition. Take a first aid kit and wet weather gear.

Take care near water

Swim with extreme caution. Creeks have hidden dangers and swift currents. National park beaches are not patrolled. People have been seriously injured or killed diving into pools, lakes, rivers and the sea. Supervise your children around water. Take care to avoid marine stingers in tropical waters. Do not enter water where crocodiles may live.

Stay on the track

You may get lost if you leave the road or walking track. Take a map if possible and follow markers and signs carefully. Let someone responsible know your plans in case you get lost.

Watch your step

Stay well back from cliff edges and waterfalls. Cliff edges may crumble and rocks near waterfalls may be slippery. Always stay behind safety fences to avoid tragedy. Carry extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.

Be wary of wild animals

Stay well back from goannas, crocodiles, snakes, dingoes, cassowaries, feral pigs, cattle, horses and buffaloes. People have been seriously injured or killed by wild animals. Be very careful about approaching any injured animal, such as kangaroos or possums. They are likely to bite and scratch if you attempt to touch or move them.

Avoid bites, stings and scratches

Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from stings, scratches and insect bites, especially bites from ticks. Detour around snakes; never provoke them.

Take care near fire

Supervise children near open fires. Always put the fire out with water, not sand. Sand retains heat and children have been severely burnt when fires have been covered with sand.

Beware of bushfires

If there is a bushfire, follow the track to the nearest road, beach, lake or creek for refuge. Large logs, a ditch or burnt ground can also provide protection in some situations. Avoid areas of heavy fuel, such as deep leaf litter or thick vegetation, and stay low to the ground where the air is coolest and contains the least smoke. In high fire danger conditions, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. It is essential for your safety to follow the instructions on signs in these conditions. If you see a bushfire, please alert a ranger or the police as soon as possible.

Be sun-smart

Wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen, even on overcast days, to avoid sunburn. Drink frequently to avoid dehydration.

Think before you drink

Even mountain streams can be contaminated by giardia and other organisms that cause diarrhoea. Take your own supply of water if possible. If you must use water from creeks or lakes, boil it for at least five minutes, filter it or treat it chemically before you drink.