When is Talaroo open?
Talaroo generally opens from April to the end of September each year.
Our 2023 season finishes on Tuesday 3rd October, with final overnight stays on Monday 2nd for the Queensland long weekend & public holiday. Our 2024 season will run 28th March to 30th September 2024.
What are the average temperatures at Talaroo?
From April to October, daily average highs range from 28°C in June/July to 36° in October. Nightly lows range from 12° in July to 20° in October. In short, it’s perfect!
Is the tap water drinkable?
Yes the water at Talaroo is filtered and drinkable at the Camp Kitchen, café and to all powered sites.
Can we visit Talaroo in a conventional vehicle?
Yes. When you turn off the Gulf Development Road you will travel approximately 10km (12 mins) on an unsealed road but it is suitable for conventional vehicles and trailers.
Is Talaroo wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The facilities and amenities are accessible by wheelchair users. On the Hot Springs Discovery Tour, there are two short sets of stairs on the boardwalk so wheelchair users need to loop back at the steps and rejoin the tour on flat ground. Please talk to our friendly staff at reception if you require assistance or information or wish to arrange a vehicle transfer to the start of the Springs tour.
Does Talaroo have mobile phone coverage and/or WiFi?
Unfortunately there is no mobile coverage on the property but WiFi is available for all guests at the cafe, reception and amenities block.
Do you have a swimming pool?
Yes we do! Our new guest swimming pool is due to open early in our 2023 season but cannot be completed until summer rains finish. The pool is located in front of the cafe so guests can relax with a coffee and a snack close by. The pool is chlorinated and free for public use but it's not heated so can be a little chilly early in the season.
For naturally heated Spring waters, you can book one of our private soak pools or join our Guided Hot Springs Tours. The Springs pools are great for soaking away aches and pains and are a must for every visitor.
You can also swim in the refreshing waters of the Einasleigh River, just a short walk from the campground.
Can we fly a drone at Talaroo?
No. For the safety of our guests at our campground and at the hot springs, we don’t allow personal drones to be flown at Talaroo unless authorised by management.
Can we bring pets to Talaroo?
Pets are welcome at Talaroo but must be well supervised and declared when booking. Pets are not allowed on tours nor in the café/reception area. Pets should not be left unattended and must be on a leash at all times when not contained in your van or vehicle. You must pick up after your pet and take waste bags away with you when you leave. We reserve the right to ask you to leave without a refund if your pet is disturbing other guests.
Can we visit for the day if we’re not staying overnight?
Yes, absolutely! We have guided tours running throughout the day (bookings are essential as numbers are limited) and a café serving snacks and drinks. You can also walk to the Einasleigh River for a dip or fish, complete our new Talaroo Bike Trail or have a refreshing dip in our new swimming pool. (Please note the bike trail and swimming pool are due to open late April 2023 weather permitting).
What are the age group for kids?
Adults: 16 years and above / Child: 5 - 15 years / Infant: 4 and below
For age restrictions on specific activities (school holiday program etc), please check with our friendly staff.
Do I need to be vaccinated to visit Talaroo?
Travel and entry to tourism businesses in Queensland is no longer restricted so all visitors are welcome at Talaroo. We continue to operate with enhanced cleaning procedures and encourage social distancing in our outdoor setting. If you are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID 19 we ask that you reconsider your need to travel and re-book for a later date.
What size are the sites and what facilities do they have?
Powered sites are 12m deep and 5.2m wide and set back a minimum of 3m from the road. Each site has power and water and has a grass/dirt base.
Unpowered sites are 8m deep, 6m wide and 3m back from the road. Each site has a grass/dirt base.
Please note that rainfall is limited during the season so lush grass sites are not possible.
How many sites do you have?
There are 25 powered and 14 unpowered sites, with more planned for future years.
Do you have bigger sites/area for families or groups?
We do have a group camping area (unpowered) that can fit approximately 20 x 2-man tents. This has to be organised directly with us and cannot be booked online.
Can you organise sites to be next to each other for families and/or friends?
While we endeavour to organise sites be near each other for families and/or friends, we are unable to guarantee that, subject to availability. Please inform us at time of booking, or email us and we will try our best to adhere to your request.
Are your sites drive-through?
All sites are reverse-in, but they are angled for ease of parking.
Are individual campfires permitted on each site?
No. There are 4 firepit areas located around the Park and limited firewood is provided. We do ask that guests not remove any vegetation or take any wood from the property.
Can we use our own generator?
No. Generators are not allowed to be used at any time at Talaroo Hot Springs. If you need power, please book one of our powered sites.
What shared facilities are available?
The camp kitchen features four gas BBQs, kitchen cooktops, sinks, communal fridge and picnic tables. The campground amenities block includes toilets and showers with a dedicated wheelchair accessible bathroom. The amenities block have 1 washer (coin operated at $4 - gold coins only) but no dryer. Clothesline are available, please bring your own pegs.
Is there a dump point for RVs?
No, but there are dump points available locally at Mount Surprise, Georgetown & Forsayth so please plan accordingly.
Can we dispose of our rubbish at Talaroo?
There is no commercial rubbish removal at Talaroo so please bring garbage bags with you and take all your rubbish away when you leave. Please don't dump rubbish anywhere on the property as it is hazardous for our wildlife.
Is there shade at all sites?
All sites have some landscaping for privacy but because this is a new development we cannot guarantee shade.
Are there picnic tables available?
There are picnic tables in the Camp Kitchen.
Do you have cabins or accommodation for visitors who don’t camp?
Unfortunately we do not have cabins but do have our new additions - the Eco-tents. Each tent sleeps maximum 2 and are not ensuite.
Power and water is currently not available in the tents but the shared amenities block is only 150m away.
Can we camp along the Einasleigh River at Talaroo?
No, we don’t have any public campsites along the river. Guests staying at the Talaroo Hot Springs campgrounds are welcome to visit the river and we will provide a map on arrival showing you where you can explore.
Activities & bathing
Where can I bathe in the hot springs?
The water rising in the spring vents is too hot for bathing, but as it cools it is fed into our Springs Bathing Pool and Private Soaking Pools. A short soak in the Springs Bathing Pool is included in the Hot Springs Discovery Tour or you can book a Private Soaking Pool for 40 minutes for up to four people. The pools are not accessible without a booking, and soak times are limited to optimise health benefits.
Can I bathe in the hot springs if I’m pregnant?
We don’t recommend bathing in the hot spring pools during pregnancy. Immersing your body in the warm water will raise your body temperature which can be dangerous. If you’re on the Hot Springs Discovery Tour, you can still soak your feet during the bathing session so you won’t miss out completely.
Can I bathe if I have a medical condition or are undergoing treatment?
To ensure your health and safety we recommend that you seek medical advice before entering our hot springs pools. In particular, we do not recommend bathing for guests with any of the following:
Conditions with high fever
Malignant tumours and cancerous conditions
Liver, kidney and circulation disorders
Conditions presenting the high risk of haemorrhaging
Congestive heart failure, recent stroke or recent heart attack
Can I bring food and drink into the pools?
Talaroo’s bathing and soaking pools are places of wellness and cleansing. We therefore do not allow any food or alcohol into the bathing or soak pools as it may compromise the quality of the waters and affect the safety of bathers.
Will I be asked to sign a waiver before bathing?
We take our duty of care to our guests very seriously so we may ask you to sign a waiver form to make sure that you have understood and been given all relevant information before you bathe.