Currawinya National Park is set amongst this arid, red, harsh landscape, a fresh water lake appeared as if almost a mirage in the tar-melting heat.
An aqua blue water oasis hugged by white sand and bordered with red dirt welcomed my sun kissed skin and burnt feet with a cool and refreshing embrace.
Although the lake was definitely the highlight of the weekend camping trip, we also explored the old wool sheds and stopped by the Royal Mail Hotel in Hungerford for a steak ‘sanga’. With no phone reception and no other campers, this trip was definitely a welcomed opportunity to disconnect from the world for two days.
Currawinya National Park camping by the Ourimperee waterhole near the Woolshed was a picturesque view to wake up to each morning.
Although the flies and the heat made cooking, eating, and pretty much any activity quite irritating, it was good motivation to get up early and get moving!
The old heritage Woolshed was the first site we visited, and although it offers historical and culture significance, it only really required a brief look around. After poking around the Woolshed and reading about the bilby fence, we hit the red dirt road and made tracks to Hungerford.
Hungerford is a sleepy little town with not a whole lot, but a whole lot of character. The Royal Mail Hotel provided me with enough quirks, such as a vintage double decker bus, signs and trinkets, to keep me intrigued. After getting over my food envy of all the surprisingly fresh and delectable steak sandwiches that came out, I devoured my also delightful ham, cheese and tomato toastie.
After bidding farewell to the remarkably friendly pub staff, we all piled into our cars and made the journey to the highly anticipated, fresh water lake, Numalla. Now that the sun was scorching, the flies were fierce and the heat nearly unbearable this lake was definitely a well-deserved retreat from the unforgiving environment.
After parking our cars, and walking an easy 5 minutes on the path, I was confronted with a giant body of light blue water. It was spectacular. I was not sure what exactly to expect so I’m pleased to say I was quite impressed. The sand quickly turned to mud between my toes as I waded deeper into the water but the temperature rapidly dropped from a hot bath to icy cold the deeper I swam.
A few hours breezed by and we once again packed up the cars and took off back to the campsite. After another night at our campsite by the waterhole, we packed up and left the following morning.
All in all it was a lovely weekend at Currawinya National Park and one I look forward to doing again before winter.
Although I missed the salt water lake, Wyara, and The Granites, I figured we should save some experiences for later in the year as this is a trip I will definitely be taking again!
Currawinya National Park how to get there
If you’re coming from Cunnamulla, pretty much jump straight onto Adventure Way/Bullloo Development Rd for 71.5km then turn left onto Hungerford Rd. Stay on this road from 101km then turn right onto Thargomindah Hungerford Rd for 9.5km. Keep your eyes out for the Ourimperee/Woolshed sign. The road was red dirt almost the entire journey, I was in a 2WD Ute and although we made it in and out successfully, it was much more pleasant riding in the 4WD cars.
Currawinya National Park What you can do on the way!
If travelling to Currawinya National Park from Cunnamulla you have to travel through a beautiful little town called Eulo which is 45minute drive heading west from Cunnamulla.
One of Outback Queensland’s leading attractions is in Eulo and should be on every travel bucket list! The Artesian Mud Baths are an amazing experience for both body an soul so make sure you plan and book a mud bath in advance of your arrival! You will thank us and your body will thank you!
Currawinya National Park Camping
We stayed at Ourimperee waterhole behind the Woolshed and there were shower and toilet facilities nearby. The showers were dripping with personality, with old rusted tin surrounds and a big piece of swinging material as a door, it was a typical outback Australian shower.
Just make sure you have a shower at the time of day which offers the temperature you enjoy to shower in! As we went in summer, using the showers at 5pm when the sun was still up and had been all day, meant that the water was too scorching hot to even touch!
You need to be completely self-sufficient (meaning prepared and organised, which I was not!). Collect all firewood before entering the national park, bring all your food, water and cooking utensils.
It costs $5.75 per person per night or $23.00 per family group per night, however it is extremely easy to miss the payment area, and there were no details when we went to pay.
So I would suggest paying online beforehand. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/currawinya/camping.html
As there is absolutely no mobile phone reception in the national park, I would definitely suggest having a UHF radio set up in your car.
Getting to Hungerford & the Lakes
4WD cars were recommended, however if there has not been any rain the past few weeks (and it isn’t forecasted) then a 2WD would be sufficient.
You’ll come to a unique rock formation with the title ‘Currawinya National Park’ on the major road facing rock. Turn off here and follow the track to get to the lakes.