The national park was formerly two parks, the Rokeby and the Archer Bend National
Parks, encompassing the Archer Bend area which covered the lands south of the Archer
River and the drier woodlands, whilst the Rokeby section included the
rainforest slopes of the McIlwariath Range and the former Rokeby Station which
was purchased in 1981 to ensure the conservation of the pristine Archer River
floodplain. The parks were amalgamated in 1994 and named after the two
Aboriginal Traditional Owners whose name for this country Mungkan (on the western side) and Kandju (to
The national park has a significant history for the aboriginal groups in the
area who have lived in the area for many thousands of years. The Wik Mungan, Ayapathu, and Kaanju have a long association with this
land and have many culturally significant and ceremonial sites within the park.
The Wik Mungkan, Kaanju and Ayapathu Aboriginal peoples, the Traditional Owners
of the park, welcome you to their land and ask that you respect their culture
and country during your visit.
Access to the park can be
difficult and should only be attempted in the dry season with a 4WD. Spare
parts, medical supplies and fuel will be required as the park is isolated there
are no petrol or water stops out here. No camping sites have been established
within the park however camping is permitted at some locations. Camping near
waterholes can be dangerous due to the large numbers of crocodiles inhabiting
Contact the local Parks and
Wildlife Service or visit the
QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.