Dulcie Ranges National Park

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Dulcie Ranges National Park
Northern Territory
IUCN category II (national park)
Dulcie Ranges National Park map.svg
Dulcie Ranges National Park N.T.
Nearest town or city Alice Springs
Established 1 March 1991 (1991-03-01)[1]
Area 191.12 km2 (73.8 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
See also Protected areas of the Northern Territory

Dulcie Ranges is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia), 220 km north-east of Alice Springs and 1235 km southeast of Darwin.[2] The park lies along the south-western edge of Dulcie Range. It was first gazetted in 1991, and again in July 2012.[3] A draft Plan of Management was published by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory in May 2001.

History[edit]

The first recorded European visitor to the area was Charles Winnecke in 1878. In 1916 the chief surveyor of the Northern Territory, T. E. Day surveyed the range and named it Dulcie after one of his daughters. Around 1920 an early pastoral lease was taken out at Old Huckitta station, the remains of which are within the southern boundary of the park. There was an established population of traditional aboriginal Akarre Arrernte people, evidenced by numerous rock art sites in the Dulcie Ranges. A plentiful supply of food resources and water supported the clans.[4]

Description[edit]

The Range is a sandstone plateau standing from 50 to 150 metres above the surrounding plain in the Georgina Basin. Typical of the plains flora are mulga shrub-lands, mallee eucalypt, open woodland and spinifex. The plateau comprises steep sided cliffs, gorges and scree of the predominant Dulcie Sandstone, with numerous watercourses. Recorded in the park are 105 species of bird, 32 of reptiles, 2 of frogs and 3 of fish.[4] The Huckitta (meteorite) was found about 30 km north-east of the park on what is now Arapunya Station, and the Boxhole meteorite crater is on Dneiper station 35 km west.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CAPAD 2012 Northern Territory Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Hema Maps (2005). Australia’s Great Desert Tracks NE Sheet (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland. ISBN 978-1-86500-160-0.
  3. ^ NT Government gazette:no.S37
  4. ^ a b Dulcie Range Plan of Management (updated 4 Jan 2013)