Darymple National Park
The Dalrymple River National Park is located about half an hours drive north of Charters Towers on the Gregory Development Road. The turn off is imedietly past the Fletcher Creek camping reserve. Turn right and take the track east beside the Fletcher Creek toilet blocks. Its bout a ten min drive from there.
This place is for self sufficient campers only and vans will be hard pressed to get in to most of the area although no problems with camper trailers etc.
It only has a few camp sites but most are right on the banks of the Burdekin River. There are also a few non recognised campsites on the banks of Fletcher Creek if you take the time to look for them.
The National Park is on the old site of the town of Dalrymple which is part of north Queenslands very early development. The town was there before Townsville or Charters Towers were founded. A mighty flood washed the entire town away about the same time as gold was discovered at Charters Towers and as a result it was never rebuilt.
There are a few old gravestones in the bush here as well as some old building foundations and crumbled walls.
This place is usually very quiet as most people prefer to stop at the nearby Fletcher Creek camp grounds with it’s better facilities.
The Burdekin River is good for some fishing and swimming or just plain relaxing.