Windswept rocky headlands, mangroves, swamps, rainforest and sand
dunes are part of Cape Palmerston National Park's rugged beauty. Open
eucalypt woodland with ironbark and poplar gum grows on the ridges
while paperbarks grow in the gullies. The distinctive 344m Mt Funnel
towers over the park.
Midden heaps are a reminder of the special connection Aboriginal people
have with this place. Named by Cook in 1770, Cape Palmerston is one of
the few remaining areas of natural coastline in the Mackay area.
The false water-rat lives in the park's mangroves while beach
stone-curlews frequent the beaches. Both are considered vulnerable to
extinction. Pied imperial-pigeons which visit late winter and spring
are close to the southern limit of their range.
Things to do
Relax and enjoy nature in this undeveloped, remote park. Take insect repellent, especially in summer.
Go birdwatching. See ospreys and sea eagles soaring overhead or
white-breasted woodswallows in the flowering grasstrees. Look for birds
around the swamp on the road into the camping areas.
Try your luck at fishing but beware of estuarine crocodiles. Swimming
is dangerous when box jellyfish are present in the sea from October to
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Cape Palmerston is 115km south-east of Mackay. Access is by
four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Ilbilbie
and drive east towards Greenhill. The park is a further 6.5km. Allow 45
minutes to reach the Cape Creek camping area from the park boundary.
Take care driving in soft sand along the beach and beware of the
extreme tidal range.
Further information: QPWS
DPI Building, 30 Tennyson Street, Brisbane. PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 4944 7800. fax (07) 4944 7811