The Capricorn Region: National Parks

A visit to Capricorn’s National Parks promises views of towering escarpments and gorges, ancient rainforests and crystal clear waterfalls.

  • The famous Carnarvon Gorge in Carnarvon National Park offers great geological appeal, rare and ancient indigenous rock art and delightful walking tracks.
  • Blackdown Tableland National Park boasts immense sandstone gorges and sweeping views of the endless plains around the park, a definite sight to behold.
  • Seek and you shall find the rare Byfield Fern, exclusively in the lush forests of Byfield National Park and the surrounding nature reserves.
  • For some stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Mount Boorambool or cliff fringed Mount Zamia at Minerva Hills National Park are your go to hot spots.
  • If city views are more your style, Mount Archer National Park provides spectacular views of Rockhampton city. You may also find some feathery friends in the form of the stunning glossy black cockatoos.
  • Did you know? Nuga Nuga National Park is adjacent to the largest natural body of water within the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt (Lake Nuga Nuga).

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Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park, has more than 30 kilometres of sandstone escarpments and plateaus, dry rainforest surrounding clear springs and brigalow scrubs on clay soil. Aboriginal people have close ties to the area.

Capricorn Coast National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Capricorn Coast National Park has four separate accessible sections that can be enjoyed in a 30 minute drive between Yeppoon and Emu Park. Mangroves, dry rainforest, tussock grassland and open eucalypt forest provide a wonderful contrast to the blue waters of Keppel Bay.

Capricornia Cays National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Capricornia Cays National Park protects eight coral cays which rise just a few metres above the high tide mark - Lady Musgrave, North West, Masthead, Wilson, Heron, Erskine and Tryon islands and Broomfield Cay.

Mount Etna Caves National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Mount Etna Caves National Park contains some of Australia's most cavernous limestone formations. Protected from fire by the limestone karst, dry rainforest thrives amongst sharp pinnacles and shady crevices.

Blackdown Tableland National Park

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Discover ancient Aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls in Blackdown Tableland National Park, traditional home of the Ghungalu Aboriginal people. Explore several walking tracks through the park and encounter the unusual plant communities that thrive in the cooler, elevated climate.

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
If you love fishing, you're going to love this holiday destination. Lake Maraboon is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, making it a popular spot for anglers. You'll also find a healthy population of red claw crayfish in the area.

Keppel Bay Islands National Park

The Keppels,
Free Entry
Keppel Bay Islands National Park, off Central Queensland's Capricorn Coast, protects 13 islands in the Keppel Group and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Byfield State Forest

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Byfield State Forest marks the start of the largest undeveloped area on the central Queensland coast. The endemic Byfield fern and Byfield grevillea thrive here. Ancient cycads survive among rugged mountains and beside pine plantations.

Virgin Rock

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Virgin Rock, which is situated four kilometres from Springsure is on the eastern side of Mount Zamia and has a naturally formed likeness to the Virgin Mary and Child. The spectacular cliffs are floodlit at night and can be viewed from the Lions Park.

Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo.
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