Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Minerva Hills National Park
What's special?Spectacular jagged peaks provide a scenic backdrop to Springsure in this park in central Queensland. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, Mt Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mt Zamia today dominate the landscape.
In the grassy open woodlands, mountain coolibah, silver-leaved ironbark and gum-topped bloodwood tower over macrozamias and grasstrees. Dry rainforest with figs, stinging trees, pittosporums and vines flourishes in sheltered gorges and at the base of the sheer cliffs. Spinifex grasslands dotted with wattles grow on the summit. The park also supports spotted gum forests and low-lying heath.
Minerva Hills is home to many unusual wildlife including the eastern pebble-mound mouse and fawn-footed melomys.
Stone scatters and rock art are evidence of Aboriginal occupation of this area. Early wagon teams camped near here en route to Rockhampton.
Exploring Minerva HillsHave a bush picnic with a view at Fredís Gorge. Bring wood for the barbecues. You can also picnic at Springsure Lookout and other sites. Take a fuel stove.
Go wildlife watching during the day. Take your camera and binoculars. See grazing kangaroos and wallabies. If you are lucky, you may spot a koala. Go spotlighting at night to see sugar gliders and greater gliders.
Enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding countryside from lookouts in the park.
WalkingA 2∑2km walking track leads to a lookout. Let someone reliable know your plans if you intend walking off-track.
Getting thereTravel 4km west of Springsure on the Tambo road then turn left into Dendleís Drive. Follow this short scenic drive to the park. This unsealed road provides conventional access in dry weather but is unsuitable for caravans.
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