Carnarvon Range

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Carnarvon Range.JPG
Length 160 km (99 mi)
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Central Queensland
Range coordinates 25°23.8′S 148°36.8′E / 25.3967°S 148.6133°E / -25.3967; 148.6133Coordinates: 25°23.8′S 148°36.8′E / 25.3967°S 148.6133°E / -25.3967; 148.6133
Parent range Great Dividing Range

The Carnarvon Range is a mountain range in Central Queensland, Australia. It is a plateau section of the Great Dividing Range. The Carnarvon Range is 160 km in length.[1] It was first explored by Ludwig Leichhardt but named by Thomas Mitchell after the 4th Earl of Carnarvon.[citation needed]

North eastern parts of the range have formed a plateau known as the Consuelo Tableland.[citation needed] The plateau contains rare Aboriginal paintings and impressive sandstone gorges, including the Carnarvon Gorge. Part of the range is protected within the Carnarvon National Park.

Rainforest in the Carnarvon Range, 1938

The range marks the northernmost limits of the Murray-Darling Basin and is the headwaters for a number of rivers including the Fitzroy River, Warrego River, Dawson River, Merivale River and the Nogoa River.

Aboriginal stencil art in Carnarvon Gorge

The cycad species Macrozamia moorei is a native plant species found naturally in the Carnarvon Range.

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  1. ^ "Carnarvon Range (plateau, Queensland, Australia)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-06-22.