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Moorrinya National Park

In the heart of the Desert Uplands, Moorrinya National Park protects 18 land types in the Lake Eyre Basin, one of Australia’s most important catchments.

Dry, flat plains are criss-crossed by watercourses in this remote park covered in open eucalypt, paperbark and acacia woodlands and grasslands. Moorrinya is a wildlife refuge protecting Australian icons like kangaroos, koalas, emus and dingoes as well as rare and threatened species such as the square-tailed kite, squatter pigeon and Julia Creek dunnart.

The former “Shirley Station”, a sheep grazing property, operated here. In the late 1970s, cattle replaced sheep and grazing continued until the park was established in 1992. Much of the sheep station infrastructure, dating back to the late 1940s, remains as a reminder of the spirit and hard work of the people who made a living in this remote part of Queensland.

Exploring Moorrinya

This low-key park is suitable for experienced bushwalkers and nature lovers. Go birdwatching or bushwalking, take photographs or paint, brush up on our grazing past, or simply enjoy the remoteness of Australia’s outback.

Camp near the old shearer’s quarters. Get your permit beforehand from the on-site ranger station or from the Charters Towers office. Toilets are provided. Take fresh water and a fuel stove for cooking. Remove your rubbish from the park.

Getting there

Moorrinya is about 90km south of Torrens Creek or 180km north of Aramac, on the Torrens Creek/Aramac Road. A “Ranger Station” sign marks the park turnoff. The unsealed Torrens Creek/Aramac access road to Moorrinya is easily accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles, except during wet weather. Conventional vehicles are not recommended. Check road conditions before travelling to the park.

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