Tambo’s Wilderness Way

Total Distance: 320 KILOMETRES

About This Drive


Duration: 1-2 days
Route: Tambo - Salvator Rosa National Park - Tambo (4WD loop)

Head out across the ‘rooftop of Queensland’ for a four-wheel drive adventure. Tambo’s Wilderness Way will lead you across an area of rugged natural beauty, traversing a landscape of deep gorges and vast chalk-coloured cliff lines. Enjoy vistas of tangled ranges where the wind and rain have created massive sandstone formations. The area provides habitat for some unique flora which is at its most spectacular in Spring. Tambo’s Wilderness Way is a 320 kilometre loop and you can take one to two days to complete, depending on the adventure you are after. The road is accessible by conventional vehicles, however, a four wheel drive is recommended. Pack a picnic, pack a tent, and pack your sense of adventure! Please call into the Visitor Information Centre for the latest road conditions or give them a call on +61 7 4654 6408 before leaving.

Section 1

Highlight: Bull Creek Vista

Park up your van in Tambo town and head east on a 4WD adventure.

Travel 43 km along the Alpha – Tambo Road, past the Qantas Crash site, town’s historic cemetery and through the town common.

Turning left you travel a further 86kms along the Tambo-Springsure Road, passing amazing vistas and rock formations until you reach the site where Major Thomas Mitchell passed on his way discovering the west back in the 1860s. Approximately half way, this is a great spot to pull up and have a picnic. The massive Bull Creek vista provides a magnificent backdrop to some of the region’s most productive grazing country on the eastern side the Great Dividing Range.

Section 2

Highlight: Salvator Rosa National Park

Take a side track into Salvator Rosa National Park, a great place to camp and get away from it all. Crystal clear springs add more than ten million litres of water a day to the peaceful Louisa Creek and Nogoa River as they meander beneath a backdrop of rocky sandstone crags and spires. Named by explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846, Salvator Rosa is at the western edge of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt.

A self-guided drive directs you to the park’s most outstanding features, including flowing springs and towering sandstone formations. The course-grained sandstones of area are very crumbly, erosion of the sandstone has left behind many interesting features that dominate the skyline, including Spyglass Peak and the Sentinel.

There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching, photography and bushwalks.
Salvator Rosa also offers three short walks to explore the fascinating natural wonders of the area. If considering off-track bushwalking in the park please ensure you have good navigational skills, plan your walk carefully and take a topographic map, compass and GPS.

Section 3

Highlight: Bush walking

Leaving the National Park, the final leg of the journey takes you back up the range, with views looking back down the deep gorge. Across the ranges, wildflowers add colour to the landscape in spring. Large white flannel flowers and bright red grevilleas (longifolia), sprays of yellow cassias and wattles contrast with clusters of pink flowers hanging from the shrubby calitrix. There are more than 300 plant species recorded in the park and at least ten are considered rare or threatened.

The dramatic wildflower displays and spectacular scenery eventually lead you out onto the open downs Mitchell grass country as you head back into Tambo.

The Wilderness Way drive presents self –sufficient travellers with the opportunity to really get away from it all in this beautiful remote part of Outback Queensland.

The road may become impassable in the wet, please check accessibility and road conditions at the Tambo Visitor Information Centre and it is best to carry sufficient water and fuel.

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