Carnarvon National Park
Carnarvon National Park is located in the Southern Brigalow Belt bioregion in the Maranoa Region in Central Queensland, Australia. The park is 593 km northwest of Brisbane, it began life as a 26,304-hectare reserve gazetted in 1932 to protect Carnarvon Gorge for its outstanding scenic values, its indigenous and non-indigenous cultural heritage, its geological significance. Situated within the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt, straddling the Great Dividing Range, Carnarvon National Park preserves and presents significant elements of Queensland's geological history including two sedimentary basins, the Bowen and the Surat, the Buckland Volcanic Province; the youngest rocks in the area are the igneous basalt rocks of the Buckland volcanic Province, which were laid down between 35 and 27 million years ago. Since that time and wind have eroded the park's landscapes into a network of sandy plains and gorges separated by basalt-capped tablelands and ranges; the park is rich in numerous springs. The elevated areas protected within Carnarvon National Park have high value for above-ground catchments as well.
Five major river systems rise within the park's boundary: the Comet, Maranoa and Warrego. The Warrego and Maranoa lie inland of the Great Dividing Range on the northern boundary of the Murray-Darling Basin. Forty regional ecosystems are known to exist within the park and nine of them are listed as endangered, due to large-scale land clearing within the region. Twenty-three species of flora listed as rare and threatened have been found in the park, including the iconic Livistona nitida, Cadellia pentastylis, Stemmacantha australis. Several plants occur in disjunct populations, or reach the limits of their distribution, within the Park such as the isolated colony of Angiopteris evecta found in Wards Canyon, Carnarvon Gorge. Artesian springs in the Salvator Rosa section of the park are considered amongst the most biodiverse in the state. Over 210 bird species have been recorded within Carnarvon National Park, along with about 60 species of mammals; this park is rich in species of bats with at least twenty known to be there.
The Ornithorhyncus anatinus, the platypus, is at its western limit of habitation in Queensland within this National Park, along with most of the park's gliding possums. Carnarvon Gorge has commercial night tours that take visitors into the park in search of gliders and other nocturnal life. At least 90 species of reptiles call this park home, over half of which are either skinks or geckoes, 35 species have their State distributional limits here. Twenty-two species of amphibians have been found in the park, including isolated populations of Litoria fallax and Adelotus brevis. Over ten species of fish inhabit the park's waterways, the largest of, Anguilla reinhardtii; the park's invertebrate fauna is thought to be diverse, at least nine species are considered to be endemic to the Carnarvon Range, including two species of dragonfly, two species of stonefly, a dobson fly, four species of land snail. Feral animals are present within the National Park, the ones presenting the most serious problems being brumbies and pigs.
In 2007, culling of both species began by riflemen in airplanes. In 2008 the third phase of an aerial culling of Brumbies took place, by shooting 700 horses from a helicopter, in Carnarvon National Park; such aerial culling is a contentious issue to some members of the public. However, there is little doubt that both species cause considerable alteration to the values the park is designed to protect. Through their grazing and their repetitious patterns of movement, feral horses alter the composition of the ground cover, this can accelerate erosion through over-grazing and excessive hoof traffic. Feral pigs are thought to be responsible for the localised extinction of the Australian brush-turkey from some areas of this National Park. Carnarvon National Park has grown since its inception, Carnarvon Gorge is now but one of its seven sections. Goodlife Salvator Rosa Ka Ka Mundi Buckland Tableland Mount Moffatt Carnarvon Gorge MoolayemberIn expanding the National Park, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service have sought to enhance the reserves catchment value and increase the diversity of regional ecosystems protected within its boundaries.
The park's regional conservation importance is significant as its 298,000 hectares represents over half the total landmass of protected areas within the Southern Brigalow Belt bioregion. Carnarvon National Park is significant to Bidjara and Kara Kara people of Central Queensland; the park contains many reminders of indigenous cultural connection in rock art sites, burial places and occupation sites. Kenniff Cave, in the Mount Moffatt section, was the first Australian archaeological site to return carbon dates on occupational evidence that pushed human occupation of the continent into the Late Pleistocene at 19,500 years before present. Prior to D. J. Mulvaney's excavation of Kenniff Cave, it was thought that Australia had only been occupied during the Holocene, less than 10,000 years before present; the indigenous stencil artists of Central Queensland, such as those who created sites such as the Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave in Carnarvon Gorge, are regarded by some researchers as the best in the world.
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Mount Jim Crow National Park
Mount Jim Crow National Park is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 531 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. It lies just beside the main road between Yeppoon. Camping is not permitted in the park and there are no facilities; the main feature of the park is Mount Jim Crow, a trachyte plug, a remnant of an extinct volcano. The Darumbal people have traditionally regarded Mount Jim Crow as a significance place in their Dreamtime stories. Protected areas of Queensland
Crows Nest National Park
Crows Nest is a national park on the Darling Downs of southern Queensland, Australia. It is divided into a number of section which are located in both Crows Nest and Grapetree, 40 km west of Esk in the South East Queensland bioregion. A 236 ha national park was first declared in 1967; the park has been extended south along the Great Dividing Range and now covers 17.9 km2. The geology of the area is dominated by granites with domed outcrops; the vegetation in the park is open eucalypt forest. Species such as the hoop pine, weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and swamp mahogany can be found along creek banks; the main watercourse in the park is Crows Nest Creek, a tributary of Cressbrook Creek, itself a tributary of the Brisbane River. About 4% of the park is riverine wetlands. Crows Nest is known for its rugged landscape, a sparkling gorge called Valley of Diamonds; this valley is so-called because of the mineral felspar. Lookouts, wildflower heaths, wildlife observing and birdwatching are popular attractions for visitors.
A total of 10 rare or threatened species have been identified in Crows Nest National Park. The park has lookouts, camping, to which fees apply. Protected areas of Queensland
Blackdown Tableland National Park
Blackdown Tableland is a national park in the Central Highlands Region, Australia. The park is in Central Queensland, 576 km northwest of Brisbane; the mountainous terrain of the tablelands provides a unique landscape featuring gorges and diverse vegetation. It is the traditional home of the Ghungalu people; the Blackdown Tableland is a 900 m sandstone plateau rising abruptly from the plains below. Many creeks on the Tableland have developed gorges and waterfalls along their courses, the most notable of which drains in to the spectacular Rainbow Falls over a 40 m drop; some of the creeks on the Tableland are catchment fed by rain and dry up, some are spring fed and always flow just a small amount. The national park is located in the north east of the central Queensland sandstone belt; the tablelands are positioned at the junction of the Shotover and Dawson Ranges. Evidence of folding is shown in the depressions amongst the ranges. Camping is available on Mimosa Creek in the Tableland, camping fees apply.
The plateau has a more temperate, local climate than the surrounding plains, supporting open forests, ferns, a variety of plants and animals, several of which are not found anywhere else. Parts of the eastern tablelands have an average rainfall of 1,500 mm per year. Dense fog may shroud the plateau. Camping is permitted at Munall campground. There are walking tracks leading to heritage sites and creeks. Picnic facilities are available at Yaddamen Dhina lookout. Access to the area was limited until a road was constructed in 1969 by the Queensland Forest Department. Entrance to the park is via a turn-off 11 km west of Dingo along the Capricorn Highway. Protected areas of Queensland Blackdown Tableland National Park Queensland Holidays: Blackdown Tableland National Park Photo Gallery
Main Range National Park
The Main Range is a mountain range and national park in Queensland, located predominantly in Tregony, Southern Downs Region, 85 kilometres southwest of Brisbane. It is part of the World Heritage Site Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, it protects the western part of a semicircle of mountains in South East Queensland known as the Scenic Rim. This includes the largest area of rainforest in South East Queensland; the park is part of the Scenic Rim Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance in the conservation of several species of threatened birds. The park extends from Kangaroo Mountain, near Frazerview, south to Wilsons Peak on the New South Wales border and includes Mount Superbus, South East Queensland’s highest peak. Bare Rock, Mount Cordeaux, Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak, Mount Huntley, Mount Asplenium, Mount Steamer, The Steamer Range, Lizard Point, Mount Roberts, Mount Mistake and Mount Superbus all lie within the Main Range National Park.
In total, there are more than 40 peaks higher than 1,000 m. There are walking tracks, camping areas and picnic facilities at a number of places such as Spicers Gap, Cunninghams Gap and Queen Mary Falls; the Main Range shield volcano erupted between 22 million years ago in the Tertiary period. Rather than forming a central peak, the volcano erupted through numerous basalt dykes that created horizontal lava flows; these flows now form the bulk of the Main Range, Little Liverpool Range and Mistake Range, once covered a much wider area that includes both the Lockyer Valley and Fassifern Valley. The steeper slopes have avoided any land clearing; the most predominant vegetation types on the range is sub-tropical rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest. The park’s forests and montane heath provide habitat for many animals, including the eastern bristlebird, Coxen's fig parrot, the black-breasted buttonquail, all of which are threatened by extinction; the vulnerable and rare red goshawk may be seen. The giant barred frog, Fleay's barred frog, spotted-tailed quoll and the Hastings River mouse are listed as endangered species, once more found in the Goomburra section of the park.
Spicers Gap is believed to be a traditional pathway for Indigenous Australians travelling between the inland and the coast. In 1828, Allan Cunningham'officially' discovered the route through the mountains now called Cunninghams Gap, however it can be seen from Brisbane. Stockman Henry Alphen discovered Spicers Gap in 1847; the Spicers Gap Road, used to carry supplies to and from the Darling Downs, is the best remaining example of sophisticated 19th century engineering in Queensland. In 1840, George Elphinstone Dalrymple settled in the Goomburra Valley. Dalrymple Creek was named after this early settler. By 1847, a new road through Spicers Gap was opening areas for settlers. In 1909, the area surrounding Cunninghams Gap was declared a national park. In 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee extended the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia to include Goomburra Forest Reserve within Main Range National Park. In 2007, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia was added to the Australian National Heritage List.
In 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee extended the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia to include Goomburra Forest Reserve within Main Range National Park. In 2007, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia was added to the Australian National Heritage List. Main Range National Park has a number of heritage-listed sites, including Spicers Gap Road now within the Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park McPherson Range Protected areas of Queensland Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park About Main Range, Queen Mary Falls
Curtis Island National Park
Curtis Island National Park is on Curtis Island, Gladstone Region, Australia, 474 kilometres northwest of Brisbane and 40 km southeast of Rockhampton. The island features littoral rainforest, sand dunes and beach ridges and salt flats; the national park encompasses. No facilities are provided for campers. Bush camping is permitted in three camp grounds. Curtis Island has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Sea Hill Point: Sea Hill Light Port of Gladstone Protected areas of Queensland