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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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.

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.

Byfield National Park, Conservation Park and State Forest

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Outstanding coastal scenery, massive sand dunes, rugged pinnacles and remote camping opportunities are highlights of a visit to Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park. In Byfield State Forest, picturesque recreation areas are surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads.

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.

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.

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.

Capricornia Cays National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
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.

Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton,
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.

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.
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