Horsetailer Waterhole


4.1 from 7 users


Oyala Thumotang National Park, Archer River, Queensland

13 74 68


All camping in Oyala Thumotang National Park (CYPAL) must be booked in advance. Campers must purchase an e-permit before arriving at the camping area-self-registration is not available and there is no mobile phone coverage on site. To obtain an e-permit, you can: book online visit an over-the-counter camping permit booking office or self-service kiosk phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68)-mobile phone charges may apply. Camp sites can be reached by four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road camper trailers only. Horsetailer Waterhole is located n the bank of the Archer River and has good shade. There are no facilities. Oyala Thumotang National Park (CYPAL) is closed throughout the wet season every year from 1 December to 19 June (inclusive)-roads into and on the park become impassable for extended periods and are closed to public access. These dates may vary depending on weather and road conditions, and roads may also be closed after heavy rain. Total self-sufficiency in food, water, equipment for treating water, fuel and vehicle spare parts is essential. It is recommended that visitors travel with another vehicle and have suitable vehicle recovery equipment on hand. Minimise your use of fresh water. Bury human waste (15cm deep) well away from waterholes. Fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply) in existing fireplaces only. Do not collect firewood from the national park. Generators that operate at a noise level less than 65dB(A) at 7m are permitted. Domestic animals are not permitted in Oyala Thumotang National Park

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Lat: -13.409614 Lng: 142.313253

User Reviews



Bit more difficult to get into with a camper trailer than other Oyala Thumotang camp sites but worth the effort. Flat, shaded & sandy spot on steep banks above a large waterhole. Afternoon solar on riverbank. At least two crocs. Lots of birds. Saw 6 Sarus cranes on drive in from Governors Waterhole.


Sean Killen

Spectacular, shady, rich with birdlife. A long drive in but well worth it.



Due to cultural reasons Horsetailer Waterhole camping area will be closed from Sunday 9 September to Friday 14 September 2018. An alternative camp site in this section of the park is Governors Waterhole. For further details please contact the Coen Ranger Base on (07) 4060 1137.


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