Alwal National Park
|Alwal National Park|
|Nearest town or city||Laura|
|Area||42.510 km2 (16.4 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Alwal National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Queensland|
Protected within the park is a section of the Morehead River as well as escarpments, undulating low hills, seasonal wetlands and patches of vine-thicket. Alwal lies within the Cape York Peninsula bioregion and contains about 30 separate wetland ecosystems which cover just under 1% of the park. In the east sandstone escarpments and rocky slopes dominate the landscape.
Alwal National Park is home to some of last known populations of the Golden-shouldered parrot, one of Australia's most endangered bird species. The park also protects the habitat of the threatened Cape York rock-wallaby, red goshawk and black-necked stork.
Alwal National Park was officially opened in May 2010 by acting Minister for Environment Annastacia Palaszczuk. It is named after the Golden-shouldered parrot which has the name Alwal in the Kunjen language.
The traditional owners of the land are the Uw Olkola people. The park is managed under a new model between the state government and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation Land Trust. The property was previously known as Mulkay.
There is no vehicle access or visitor facilities.
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