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Coalstoun Lakes National Park

What's special?

Rising 200m above a broad cultivated valley, Mt Le Brun contains two large craters which occasionally fill with shallow lakes. The crater lakes are protected in Coalstoun Lakes National Park. Formed more than 600,000 years ago, the mountain is one of the youngest volcanic formations in Australia.

Melaleucas and blue gums fringe the lakes which are sometimes completely dry and covered in sedgelands. The vine scrub covering the crater sides is one of the few dry rainforest remnants in this area. Bottle trees, crows ash, leopard ash and other trees tower over the dense vine scrub. The heart-leaved bosistoa Bosistoa selwynii found in this forest is vulnerable to extinction.

The lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station.

Exploring Coalstoun Lakes

With no facilities, this is a park for birdwatching and nature study. Leave your car at the base of the mountain and walk up the steep outer side of the northern crater for a great view over the vine forest and crater. Continue down into the crater.

See the intact patch of brigalow scrub next door to the park as you head up the northern crater. Camping is not allowed in the park.

Walking

Wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid being scratched by prickly shrubs in the vine thicket.

Getting there

Turn off the Isis Highway 20km south of Biggenden or 4km north of Coalstoun Lakes into Crater Lakes Road. Follow the gravel track to the base of the northern crater.

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