Lake Murphy Conservation Park

A patch of paradise, Lake Murphy Conservation Park is teaming with wildlife.

Waders and other migrating and native waterbirds busy themselves along the banks, while in the wooded parts you’ll find Koalas and on the plains, emus, grey and red necked wallabies grazing on the grasslands and resting in the shade.

Little has changed since explorer Dr Ludwig Leichhardt and his party passed through in 1844.

The perched lake sits beneath Murphy’s Range and is constantly topped up with overflow from Robinson Creek. Drought can affect water levels and in prolonged periods of aridity the lake does dry.

A 300 m easy track from the camping ground takes you to the lake where the walking circuit traces the southern end of the shore before meeting Robinson Creek and the red gum forest that leads back to camp.

Take your time. Stop, sit for a while and you’ll be well rewarded with the sights and sounds of wildlife and beauty of the undisturbed surroundings.

Park features

  • A diversity of wildlife including koalas, wallabies, emus, and native and migrating waterbirds.
  • Lake Murphy 4 km walking circuit and rimming red gum forests

How do I get to Lake Murphy?

In dry conditions the road to the lake is suitable for all vehicle types.

Drive 18 km north of Taroom along the Leichhardt Way then turn west into the Fitzroy Developmental Road. Travel
2 km to the Glenhaughton Road turnoff. Turn left and drive 11 km to the park.

Can I camp at Lake Murphy?

Yes. Visit the Lake Murphy camping page.

Enjoy social camping areas with basic facilities provided and nothing but nature for company. Remember to bring everything you need for your style of trip, including extra food, fuel and emergency supplies and communications.

Sites: 5 large sites
Maximum persons: 30
Camping fees: Yes
Bookings: Online via
Toilets: Yes
Hot showers: No
Pets: No
Water availability: Non-potable water is available
Camp fires: Permitted in the campground fire rings only.  Please bring your own firewood.
Barbeques: Yes, wood-fired.
Picnic tables: Yes
Swimming: No
Fishing: No
Horse riding: No
Canoeing/Kayaking: No

Before you set out, you need to book your camp site and obtain a camping permit.

  • Book online at
  • Phone 13QGOV (13 74 68). Charges may apply.
  • Please check the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service website for park alerts and updates on Lake Murphy Conservation Park.

Is Lake Murphy suitable to Caravans and Camper Trailers?

Small caravans and camper trailers are able to camp at Lake Murphy. Not recommended for large caravans.

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