Idalia National Park Camping Guide

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this area and their connection to Country, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Although perhaps not the typical picture we have of the Australian Outback, Idalia National Park is well and truly in the Queensland Outback. It’s a long way from the east coast (about 1,200km), and not a hugely popular place.

But with a few walks and views on offer, and plenty of solitude, it’s a neat place to camp for a couple of days. Idalia was gazetted in 1990 and the first stop on our road trip around the Queensland Outback a few years back.

Entrance to Idalia National Park


Idalia is about 130km west of Blackall in Central Queensland.

If you’re on your way to Longreach, you could just do a day trip to Idalia and camp along the Barcoo River at Blackall for the night. It’ll be hard to see everything at Idalia within a day but it’s doable provided you don’t mind an early start.

We chose to camp at Idalia as we wanted a couple of days to explore the park.


There is only one camping area at Idalia, Monks Tank, and it’s not the most picturesque campground. There are no views as the camping area is nestled into mulga bush beside a fenced-off dam (= tank).

It’s a bit of a drive from the entrance of the national park to the camping area (~30km), which actually gives you a nice introduction to the park’s vegetation. The road is passable for 2WD vehicles in the dry but there are some sandy bits so go slowly.

Even though the camping area doesn’t offer amazing views, it’s a nice little spot in a central location for exploring Idalia. There are no walks or sights (beyond the elevated, fenced-off Monks Tank) so there’s not much to do at this camping area beyond relaxing.

Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.

Camping area at Idalia National Park

Campsites are unmarked but you can easily make out some sites. There are a couple of slightly more private campsites but we ended up in a fairly open camping spot with direct views of the toilet. It’s so quiet out here that we didn’t really care too much. It was shady, what can I say.

The whole camping area is set up for about 20 people but we only saw one other couple (plus a caravan in another site but we didn’t even see the people).

The sites are all mostly dirt/sand, and you should be able to find a relatively flat spot for a tent.

There’s a newish pit toilet but no water or rubbish bins (obviously). Remember to camp responsibly and take your rubbish with you when you leave.

As with all camping in Queensland’s national parks, you need to make a booking online or by phone before arriving. Keep in mind that there is no mobile coverage at all at Idalia, and you will need to almost go back to Blackall to get a signal.


PROS: Quiet bush setting; new and very clean (pit) toilet; centrally located for exploring the park
CONS: Some mulga trees and shrubs but not a huge amount of shade available; no views; relatively little privacy (open sites) but it’s very quiet so not a big deal; a fair few flies; no walks nearby
COST: $7.25 pp/pn (2023); pre-bookings only

Not sure what the tents and mozzies mean? Check out my tents and mozzies guides.


For more details on Idalia, including how to make a booking, check out Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Idalia camping.


We explored Idalia National Park as part of a 10-day trip around southwest Central Queensland. Here’s my guide to Idalia if you want to see more photos and know what you can do there. And here’s our complete trip itinerary that’ll give you a taste of the Queensland Outback.

Our next stop was Welford National Park, which felt a bit like camping in the desert in contrast to Currawinya National Park (our last stop), which was akin to camping in mud flats.

Camping at Idalia National Park, Queensland Outback

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