For serious bush campers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts, Thrushton National Park is nature at its best. The national park is located 40km north-east of Bollon. It is accessible only in dry weather.
Situated in the heart of the mulga lands, Thrushton National Park conserves a remnant of original vegetation within an area of extensive clearing.
National Park Features
The park features the Thrushton Homestead ruins and surrounding station buildings. These serve as a reminder of the area’s history as a sheep property. The homestead was originally part of the Dunkeld Inn, near Thallon and was relocated in 1921 via 40 horse-drawn carts.
The park is home to a diverse range of thriving plants and animals, including over 100 bird species. Mammals such as koalas and echidnas frequent creek-lines. During spring, the wildflowers often bloom, becoming a special feature of this national park. There are no formal walking tracks. Visitors are cautioned to be mindful of their safety and use a compass for navigation.
Bush camping is permitted at the Thrushton Homestead and Thrushton Woolshed bush camping areas. Visitors must also be self-sufficient in food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies. Additionally, take a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite. Book a camping permit here.
From St George, drive 51km west along the Balonne Highway towards Bollon. Once you reach the Boolba tennis courts, take the next right. Follow the road for 36.3km (becomes Cypress Tank Road) until you reach the Rutherglen Road turnoff. Then, follow Rutherglen Road for 14.5km until you reach the eastern corner of the park.
If travelling from Bollon, drive 14km east along the Balonne Highway towards St George. Then, turn left at Mourilyan Road and travel 17km north to reach the southern boundary of the park.
Please leave station gates as you find them.
Four-wheel drives are recommended.