Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Eurimbula National Park
What's special?This beautiful stretch of coastline north of Agnes Water was the site of one of Cook’s first landings in Queensland during his discovery voyage in 1770. Botanist Joseph Banks collected plant specimens from the area. Bustard Head was named after a bustard or plains turkey was shot in the vicinity.
Eurimbula’s vegetation is special with species from the tropical north as well as southern species. The park has a variety of vegetation types from mangrove-fringed estuaries to freshwater paperbark swamps, lowland eucalypt woodlands with weeping cabbage palms, and tall rainforest with towering hoop pines.
The western part of this large park is rugged and inaccessible.
Exploring EurimbulaWalk along the wide, sandy beach. Explore Eurimbula Creek by boat or canoe at high tide. Go fishing. If you swim at Bustard Beach, remember the beach is unpatrolled and beware of marine stingers between October and May.
See wildflowers in spring. Go birdwatching. See cormorants and white-breasted sea-eagles along the shore and look for red-tailed black-cockatoos and brolgas in the woodlands.
Enjoy the view over swamps, heathlands and the parallel sand dunes from Ganoonga Noonga Lookout. On a clear day you can see from Round Hill Head to Rodd’s Peninsula.
Camp at Bustard Beach or Middle Creek. Bustard Beach has individual shady campsites, toilets and limited tank water. Middle Creek has no facilities. Pay your fees at the self-registration station. During holidays, book your Bustard Beach campsite in advance through the Bundaberg office. Take water and a fuel stove for cooking. Remove your rubbish. Take plenty of insect repellent.
Bush camping is allowed at Rodd’s Peninsula and Bustard Head. Access is by boat or walking only.
WalkingA 360m track leads from a carpark (3km from the park entrance along the Bustard Beach track) uphill to Ganoonga Noonga Lookout. From the lookout, you can see along the coast from Rodd’s Peninsula south to Agnes Water.
Getting thereEurimbula is about one hour north-east of Miriam Vale. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale and drive 46km towards Agnes Water. Turn left at the park sign into Eurimbula Road and travel 4km to the park entrance. A 10km bush track leads to Bustard Beach camping area at the mouth of Eurimbula Creek. Access is possible by conventional vehicles with high clearance in dry weather but four-wheel-drive is recommended after rain. Access is unsuitable for caravans. Middle Creek is 15km from the park boundary along a rough, four-wheel-drive track, accessible only in dry weather. The closest places for supplies are Town of 1770, 4km by boat, or Agnes Water 24km by road from Bustard Beach.
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