This major park preserves a significant sample of the central
Queensland rainforests. Most of the park is rugged and inaccessible but
the southern portion is popular with campers and day visitors.
Eungella township is 80km west of Mackay. Follow the Pioneer Valley
road to where it winds steeply up the Clarke Range to Eungella
township. Caravans may have difficulty negotiating this section of the
road. On arriving at Eungella township, also known as 'Dalrymple
Heights', follow the road sweeping to the left to reach Broken River,
5km away. Along the way you will see signs indicating the starting
points of various walking tracks. The entrance to the first track, Pine
Grove, starts just past the Eungella Chalet. The ranger station,
campground, Kiosk and other facilities are located at Broken River.
Camping permits are required for campsites. The National camp ground is
only suitable for tents.
1. Pine Grove (1.5km one way) Start near the Eungella Chalet and
walk through rainforest past Eagle View Lookout.' After 700m take the
fork back to the road and Cedar Grove. It is only 250m back along the
road to your starting point.
2. Cedar Grove (3km one way) Red Cedar trees growing here give the
track its name. This gentle sloping path meanders through rainforest
for 3km to the roadside picnic area at Sky Windo. The return is then
back the same route or along the roadway.
3. Sky Window (300m circuit) This circuit starts and ends at the Sky
Window picnic ground. The track is wheelchair accessible and trackside
signs inform visitors about Aboriginal history and use of the area. 30
minutes will give you plenty of time to stop at the lookouts. At the
beginning of the loop track is a large lawn for picnicking, as well as
a sheltered table, a gas barbecue and toilet facilities. This is also
one end of the Cedar Grove track listed above.
4. Palm Walk (1.8km one way) Walk through tall Piccabeen and Alexandra
palm Groves. Palm Walk circuit starts 200m along the road from Sky
Window picnic ground. Take the right fork back to the road after 1.1km.
It is 500m back along the road to your starting point. The left fork
leads to starting point. The left fork leads to Broken River (see track
5. Clarke Range Track (6.5km one way) You can join this track from the
southern end of the Palm Walk Track. View the Pioneer Valley from
Surprise Lookout and cross the Clarke Range at Sunshine Corner AT the
Granite Bend you cross the Broken River and then join the Granite Bend
Circuit and Rain forest Discovery walk for the final 700m.
6. Rainforest Discovery Walk. (1km circuit) This is a short circuit
track with trackside information signs for those wishing to do a
self-guided walk in sub-tropical rainforest. The track starts and ends
in the Broken River picnic ground.
7. Granite Bend Circuit (2.1km circuit) This track is an extension of
the Rainforest Discovery Walk and takes you deeper into the rainforest.
The Crediton Creek Trail and Clarke Range track depart form this
8. Crediton Creek Trail (8.5km one way) This is a track for the
physically fit. It forks from the Rainforest Discovery walk and follows
Broken River upstream to Crediton Creek. Be sure to arrange a vehicle
pick - up at Crediton Creek or you will have to walk the 6.5km back
along the road.
9. Wishing Pool Circuit (1.5km circuit) At the end of the Crediton
Creek trail, a circuit track leads through rainforest past a waterhole
in Broken River.
10. Wheel of Fire and Araluen Falls (2.1km one way) This area features
low-land tropical rainforest, granite boulders and cascades. The track
begins at the picnic ground and extends 2.1km up Finch Hatton Gorge.
1.2km up this track turn left to Araluen Falls (400m) or continue ahead
900m on the Wheel of Fire track. The last 500m includes 260 steps. The
track terminates at a large pool. For your own safety, remain on the
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Eungella National Park is an ideal spot to go if you are seeking a
close encounter with the local wildlife. There are plenty of animals
around, even at places like the Broken River Mountain Resort - guests
often see brush turkeys and possums playing in the trees outside the
rooms. Their night time nature walk reveals wallabies, Tawny Frogmouth,
geckos, turtles and platypus. The resort is a few metres from a
Platypus viewing platform on Broken River where sightings are common.
Finch Hatton Gorge
The road to Finch Hatton Gorge leaves the main Pioneer Valley road
1km east of Finch Hatton Township. This narrow road is 10km long with
6km of gravel. Creek crossings flood periodically. A car park is sited
adjacent to the National Park picnic area with toilets, picnic tables
and gas BBQ's. There is no National Park camping in Finch Hatton Gorge.
At Finch Hatton Gorge, it is not unusual to see people hanging around
the rainforest, in fact, swinging through the trees. Forest Flying is
an eco-tourism experience set up to give you a unique view of the
rainforest. With a personal harness you can glide along the 350metres
of cable from 25metres above the ground, controlling your own speed and
taking in the beauty below you. Ph (07) 4958 3359.
For further information about the National Park, contact:
The Ranger, Eungella National Park C/- Post Office DALRYMPLE HEIGHTS. Phone: (07) 4958 4552 Fax: (07) 4958 4501