Cape Palmerston National Park

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Cape Palmerston National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Cape Palmerston National Park is located in Queensland
Cape Palmerston National Park
Cape Palmerston National Park
Nearest town or cityKoumala
Coordinates21°35′25″S 149°25′39″E / 21.59028°S 149.42750°E / -21.59028; 149.42750Coordinates: 21°35′25″S 149°25′39″E / 21.59028°S 149.42750°E / -21.59028; 149.42750
Area71.9 km2 (27.76 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCape Palmerston National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Cape Palmerston is a national park in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]


The park is 748 km northwest of Brisbane. It is located within the boundaries of Koumala, part of the Mackay Region local government area. It lies within the water catchment area of Plane Creek and the Central Mackay Coast bioregion.[1]

It contains a land area of 7,160 ha and has 28 km of coastline on each side of the Cape Palmerston—named by Captain James Cook in 1770 after Viscount Palmerston, a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty.[3] Within the park is the 344 m Mount Funnel.[4]

External video
Aerial view of Cape Creek Camping Ground

The park contains mangrove trees, dunes, woodlands, grass, and wetlands. It is home to the threatened water mouse species, and hosts numerous birds. Three other rare or threatened species have been identified in the park.[1]

Access is by four-wheel drive vehicle.[5] There are three camping areas. Permits are required and can be collected at a self-registration station.

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  1. ^ a b c "Cape Palmerston National Park". WetlandInfo. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Cape Palmerston National Park - Mackay Region (entry 6129)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ Beaglehole, J.C., ed. (1968). The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery, vol. I:The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768–1771. Cambridge University Press. pp. 334–335. OCLC 223185477.
  4. ^ Short, Andrew (2000), Beaches of the Queensland Coast: Cooktown to Coolangatta, Sydney University Press, p. 202, ISBN 0958650411.
  5. ^ Cape Palmerston National Park, Queensland Government: Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, 15 February 2012, retrieved 2013-02-14.