Rockhampton national parks and parks

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    THE ROCKHAMPTON BOTANIC GARDENS IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE BEST PROVINCIAL GARDENS IN AUSTRALIA: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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National parksRockhampton national parks and parks

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

This is regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. Recently heritage-listed, the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are 130 years old.

Spencer Street
Rockhampton, Queensland

Mount Archer National Park

Mount Archer National Park protects bushland remnants in the Berserker Ranges, a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton. At 604 metres above sea level, Mount Archer is the highest peak and provides spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges.

The park covers 4250 hectares of open forest and woodland communities dominated by eucalypts, with a large pocket of dry rainforest in the deeply incised Moores Creek valley.

The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value and include several plant species with restricted distributions.

Activities

Bushwalking (hiking), viewing wildlife.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located approximately 9 km north-east of Rockhampton's city centre.


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Mount Etna Caves National Park

Limestone outcrops and dense, decorated caves are protected in Mount Etna Caves National Park. Mount Etna is the roosting site for more than 80 per cent of Australia's breeding population of little bent-wing bats. It is also one of the few places in Australia supporting a colony of the endangered ghost bat.

Activities

Bushwalking (hiking), viewing wildlife, caving.

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located approximately 26 km north of Rockhampton.


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Mount Jim Crow National Park

The park protects the impressive Mount Jim Crow, a prominent feature towering over the landscape and obvious to commuters and travellers who pass by on the road below.

The mountain itself is a 221 metres high trachyte plug - an internal remnant of a long extinct volcano. It was formed over 70 million years ago when basaltic lava solidified under a volcano. Over time, erosion has worn away the volcano's upper parts, leaving behind the resistant trachyte as a rugged peak.

Mount Jim Crow is part of a group of about 12 volcanic plugs in the area, known collectively as the Mount Hedlow trachyte. These plugs are unique as they are the only trachyte plugs in Australia to support hoop pine communities.

The 144 hectare park's south-west boundary adjoins Hedlow Creek, which has several permanent lagoons covered with waterlillies. These lagoons provide the best opportunity to see much of the park's wildlife. At dusk noisy friarbirds, striated pardalotes, squawking rainbow lorikeets and Lewin's honeyeaters can be seen drinking.

Mount Jim Crow National Park has a unique history of human use and exploitation. The park was once used for stone quarrying and was also a storage area for United States Army supplies during World War II.

The mountain holds particular significance to the Darumbal Aboriginal people - a Dreaming legend tells the story of its creation by the rainbow serpent.

Activities

Bushwalking (hiking).

Camping

There is no camping available in the park.

Location

Located about halfway along the Rockhampton - Yeppoon Road.


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