Eungella

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Eungella National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Eungella Falls.JPG
Araluen Falls in Eungella National Park
Eungella National Park is located in Queensland
Eungella National Park
Eungella National Park
State Queensland
Nearest town or city Mackay
Coordinates 20°51′41″S 148°39′52″E / 20.86139°S 148.66444°E / -20.86139; 148.66444Coordinates: 20°51′41″S 148°39′52″E / 20.86139°S 148.66444°E / -20.86139; 148.66444
Area 517 km2 (199.6 sq mi)
Established 1941
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Official site www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/eungella/
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Eungella (/ˈjʌŋɡɛlə/ YUNG-gel-ə; meaning "Land of the clouds") is a township nestled on the edge of the Clarke Range at the end of the Pioneer Valley 80 km west of Mackay, and 858 km northwest of Brisbane. Eungella is noted for the national park which surrounds it. It is considered to be the longest continual streach of sub-tropical rainforest in Australia. The original inhabitants are the Wirri people.[1] The park is covered by dense rainforest and is known for its platypuses.

The national park was established in 1941 and is situated on the Clarke Range.[2] To the north-east, Mount Dalrymple and Mount William are two separate peaks, which are the same height at 1,259 m. Eungella is the lowest part of the range and looks over the Pioneer Valley to the east.

The name comes from a local Aboriginal dialect which means "land in the cloud".[2]

Flora[edit]

The park contains 860 plant species.[3]

Fauna[edit]

More than 100 species of bird have been recorded in Eungella.[2] At night the ringtail possum is often seen and to a lesser extent the short-nosed bandicoot, bush rat, brushtail possum, koala, tawny frogmouth and boobook owl may also be observed.[2]

Climate[edit]

The average annual rainfall is in excess of 2,000 mm which mostly falls between the months of December and March.[2] Despite being tropical, snow has fallen at Eungella National Park twice in recorded history - 1964 and in 2005. It is quite common for the temperature around Eungella to drop below zero more than once a year.

Facilities[edit]

Camping is permitted at Fern Flat campground, which is accessible walking only.[4] The Broken River picnic area has facilities for day visitors.

There are more than 20 km of bushwalking tracks, some with scenic lookouts. A platform on the Broken River provides good viewing of platypus, eels and turtles.[4]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Birri Gubba Aboriginal Corporation (August 1996). Eungella Moranbah Water Pipeline" Cultural Impact Assessment Report. Mackay, Queensland: Mackay Highlands Study Area Historical Timeline DNR Forest Resources. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hema Maps (1997). Discover Australia's National Parks. Milsons Point, New South Wales: Random House Australia. pp. 170–171. ISBN 1-875992-47-2. 
  3. ^ "Eungella National Park: Things to do and see". Queensland Holidays. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "About Eungella". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

External links[edit]