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Ka Ka Mundi Carnarvon National Park

What's special?

Across the undulating plains, Ka Ka Mundi’s sandstone cliffs dominate the clear blue skyline. This remote section of Carnarvon National Park contains more than 30km of escarpments and plateaus in the central highlands.

This section protects bonewood, softwood and brigalow scrubs on clay soils in central Queensland’s brigalow belt. Poplar box and silver-leaved ironbark forests and grassy downs grow on the richer black soils. Lush oases with rainforest scrub flourish around springs at the base of the cliffs and the creeks, attracting king parrots, wompoo fruit-doves and fig birds.

Aboriginal people have close ties with this place and there are many stories associated with Ka Ka Mundi. They believed harmful spirits lived in the caves around the Bunbuncundoo Springs but the springs had healing powers. Old cattle yards near the springs are a reminder of the early pastoral history. Ka Ka Mundi was grazed for more than a century before it became national park in 1974.

Exploring Ka Ka Mundi

Go wildlife watching. See red-necked and swamp wallabies and wallaroos.

Bush camp around Bunbuncundoo Springs. Get your camping permit from the self-registration station. Visitors must be totally self-sufficient. Take water, plenty of food and fuel, and a gas stove for cooking.

Visit in the cooler months. Winter mornings can be frosty and summer days are very hot.

Walking

There are no tracks in this section. Take a compass and the Sunmap 1:100,000 Cungelella map (no. 8348) if bushwalking.

Getting there

Ka Ka Mundi is 130km or two hours’ drive south-west of Springsure. Head west on the Springsure-Tambo Road for 50km then turn south into Buckland Road. Follow signed tracks to the park. Conventional access is possible in dry weather. The roads become impassable when wet. The nearest supplies are at Springsure or Tambo.

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