National Parks in the Capricorn and Rockhampton Region

A visit to Capricorn’s National Parks promises views of towering escarpments and gorges, ancient rainforests and crystal clear waterfalls. Let nature guide you and immerse yourself in the rugged natural beauty of the Capricorn and Rockhampton region.

Discover the rare flora and fauna of the rugged Sandstone Wilderness, and walk through towering rock formations to look for ancient art in the Carnarvon National Park. Go deep beneath the surface at the Capricorn Caves and try your luck fossicking for sapphires or other sparkling gems.

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.

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Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
You’ll need at least a week to fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of this park, set deep in the Central Highlands. Walk, drive, hike and camp in the park's four sections and be captivated by the diverse landscapes and rich wildlife of the Sandstone Wilderness.

Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Protecting bushland remnants in the Berserker Ranges, this scenic national park is the dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. At 604 metres above sea level, Mount Archer is the highest peak and has spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges from its peak.

Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk Mount Archer

Nerimbera, Rockhampton Area
Mount Archer has always been a natural beauty of the region, but now even more so with the newly constructed Nurim Circuit Elevated Board Walk. The first stage of this circuit has been completed and allows you to take in breathtaking views of the region.

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.

Minerva Hills National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Spectacular jagged peaks provide a scenic backdrop to this Central Queensland national park. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, Mount Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mount Zamia dominate the landscape today.

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
The sandstone cliffs of the Great Dividing Range dominate the clear blue skyline to the south as you drive across the open, undulating country towards Ka Ka Mundi. This remote section of Carnarvon National Park features more than 30km of sandstone escarpments and plateaus.

Capricornia Cays National Park

Capricorn Coast,
Free Entry
Capricornia Cays’ stunning white beaches and coral reefs will leave a lasting impression. Their exceptional beauty and biological diversity make them internationally significant. 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.

Nuga Nuga National Park

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Spend time amongst a rare woodland communities next to one of the largest natural lakes in the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt. Conserving endangered bonewood scrub and vulnerable ooline tree, the park is an island of unique and varied vegetation in a heavily cleared landscape.

Mount Etna Caves National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Limestone outcrops and dense, decorated caves are roosting sites for more than 80% of Australia's breeding population of little bent-wing bats. The park is also one of the few places in Australia that supports a colony of vulnerable ghost bats.

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.
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