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Blackwood National Park

What's special?

In Queensland’s Brigalow Belt natural region, Blackwood National Park has a landscape of undulating hills, stony ridges and alluvial flats. Acacia woodlands of blackwood and lancewood trees, spinifex grass and pockets of dry rainforest grow on the stony ridges while box eucalypts and coolibah trees grow along the alluvial flats. The park conserves several plant communities which have been mostly cleared.

Blackwood National Park was named after the wattle known as Belyando blackwood, Acacia argyrodendron, a beautiful tree which grows up to 10m.

Exploring Blackwood

Self-reliant visitors can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in this remote, undeveloped park. No facilities are provided.

Go birdwatching. See squatter pigeons and speckled warblers. Look for black-necked storks around watercourses.

A private campground at Belyando Crossing has tent and caravan sites, picnic tables, a shelter shed, toilets, water, showers and a public phone. Food and general supplies are available here. The Plain Creek farmstay is located just north of the park at Plain Creek.

Walking

Fire trails around the park boundary help you explore the park and look for wildlife. Please stay on the trails to protect the park. Walk from the camping area to Wallaroo Gully (10km return). Wear a hat and sunscreen and take drinking water. Hikers planning to go beyond the fire trails must contact the QPWS office at Charters Towers and complete a remote bushwalking form.

Getting there

Blackwood is off the Gregory Development Road (Great Inland Way) and is 180km south of Charters Towers or 15km north of Belyando Crossing. The road inside the park is gravel but conventional access is possible. Access is restricted in the wet season.

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