The Mount Moffatt’s traditional owners are the Bidjara First Nation People who have lived here for at least 19,000 years (source: Entrance Sign to park).
There’s also reminders of what later settlers did to graze this land from 1859 (source:des.qld.gov.au) with fences and buildings left behind on the grassy plains and tucked away in the woodland.
As the roads within the park are a combination of sandy, gravel and rocky a high-clearance vehicle is the order of the day with my recommendation being that you have a four-wheel drive.
Winter is the best time to visit – but the nights are cold. We had the mornings drop down to -2.5 Celsius when we visited in July (Australia’s Winter).
Temperatures in Summer are too prohibitive to make this a comfortable trip and the rains will most likely shut the park with flooded roads.
Mount Moffat National Park is located in the Central Highlands of Queensland some 250 kilometres north of Mitchell – that’s about a 3 hour drive with the northern third of it on unsealed gravel road with the occasional washout in the floodways to catch you by surprise.
Naturally, that 250 kilometre drive in is also a 250 kilometre drive back out – plus the drives within the national park itself. So, you may need to consider your refuelling strategy.
For me, towing a Stoney Creek Camper, I knew that I had a 500 kilometre range and I covered this aplenty by carrying a couple of 20 litre jerry cans to give me an extra 250 kilometres or so.
However, if you travel in, and out, via Injune (an hour north of Roma and take the Womblebank Gap Road west to join the Mount Moffatt Road) you can shave about 200 kilometres off the return trip when refuelling at Injune (travelling via Womblebank Gap Road and crossing the Great Dividing Range at approx 620 metres above sea level).
For the Brisbane based traveller, the total trip out to Mount Moffatt is approximately 700 kilometres. This makes it a big day’s drive that, in my books, needs to be broken up. Naturally, its also a big drive home after a busy trip away.
For me, I’d have no problems taking a break for the night at Archers Crossing, Chinchilla; Dogwood Creek Rest Area, Miles; Judds Lagoon, Yuleba; the Showgrounds at Wallumbilla (if you’re self-contained; somewhere in Roma; or the Showgrounds or Rodeo Grounds at Injune. Naturally, the closer you get on your first day makes a shorter drive the next and more time in the National Park – but don’t drive tired.
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My hot tip however, is to come into Mount Moffatt National Park later in the afternoon so that you can get a glimpse of Cathedral Rock (at the entrance to the park) reflecting the sunset off its rugged sandstone cliff face. Don’t make it too late though, because you’ve still got another half-hour or so until you get to the closest campgrounds.