Alwal National Park

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Alwal National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Alwal National Park is located in Queensland
Alwal National Park
Alwal National Park
Nearest town or cityLaura
Coordinates15°12′12″S 143°34′55″E / 15.20333°S 143.58194°E / -15.20333; 143.58194Coordinates: 15°12′12″S 143°34′55″E / 15.20333°S 143.58194°E / -15.20333; 143.58194
Area42.510 km2 (16.4 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteAlwal National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Alwal National Park is a national park in the Shire of Cook on the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia.[1]


Protected within the park is a section of the Morehead River as well as escarpments, undulating low hills, seasonal wetlands and patches of vine-thicket.[2] Alwal lies within the Cape York Peninsula bioregion and contains about 30 separate wetland ecosystems which cover just under 1% of the park.[3] In the east sandstone escarpments and rocky slopes dominate the landscape.[4]


Alwal National Park is home to some of last known populations of the Golden-shouldered parrot, one of Australia's most endangered bird species;[5] the park also protects the habitat of the threatened Cape York rock-wallaby, red goshawk and black-necked stork.[2]


Alwal National Park was officially opened in May 2010 by acting Minister for Environment Annastacia Palaszczuk,[6] it is named after the Golden-shouldered parrot which has the name Alwal in the Kunjen language.[5]

The traditional owners of the land are the Uw Olkola people;[4] the park is managed under a new model between the state government and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation Land Trust. The property was previously known as Mulkay.[5]


There is no vehicle access or visitor facilities.[2]

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  1. ^ "Alwal National Park (entry 49140)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Alwal National Park". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Alwal National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land)". Wetlandinfo. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Nature, culture and history". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "A new National Park for Cape York". The Wilderness Society Australia. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ "New national park named Alwal declared on Cape York Peninsula". News Limited. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

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