Lochern National Park

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Lochern National Park
Queensland
IUCN category II (national park)
Lochern National Park is located in Queensland
Lochern National Park
Lochern National Park
Nearest town or city Longreach
Coordinates 24°14′14″S 143°19′33″E / 24.23722°S 143.32583°E / -24.23722; 143.32583Coordinates: 24°14′14″S 143°19′33″E / 24.23722°S 143.32583°E / -24.23722; 143.32583
Established 1994
Area 239.93 km2 (92.6 sq mi)
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Lochern is a national park in Central West Queensland, Australia, 1,047 km west of Brisbane. Eastern parts of the national park are interspersed with numerous channels of the Thomson River. The park is sprawled over an area of 24,300 hectares. This area forms important habitats for numerous species. Several lagoons and waterholes within the park provide important refuges for birds and other wildlife.[1]

History[edit]

The diverse climate of Lochern was a boon for the aboriginal people, who learned to utilize the dry and wet spells. They adapted to the seasonal transformation of land, reaping its bounties. Rainwater harvesting with the help of dams was done by pastoralists in the area.[1]

Camping[edit]

Camping facilities are available at the park. The park's camping site, which is located some five kilometers from the park's eastern limit, is surrounded by mulga and gidgee woodlands. The camping area is accessible on vehicles, although the dirt road can be sometimes hard to tackle for normal vehicles. Hence, 4WD are a better option. The park is notorious for abrupt weather changes. Minor showers can often lead to floods, irrespective of the time of year.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Lochern". The State of Queensland (Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing). Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Camping in Lochern National Park". Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. Retrieved 1 January 2014.