Davenport Range National Park (proposed)
The proposed Davenport Range National Park encompasses 1120 sq. km of the Davenport Range, and is bordered by the pastoral leases of Elkedra, Kurundi, Murray Downs, and Singleton Stations and the Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust. It will be the first National Park in the Davenport and Murchison Ranges in the Barkly Tablelands.
The Davenport Ranges hold a quiet beauty, making them a relaxing and attractive place for intrepid visitors.
How to get there
At this time visitors may only visit Whistleduck Creek and the Old Police Station Waterhole.
The Old Police Station Waterhole is extensive and may be reached via Kurundi/ Epenara (high clearance vehicle required) or alternatively via the Taylor's Creek track (4WD vehicle required).
An alternative access to the Old Police Station Waterhole is via the 'Frew River Loop 4WD Track'; a demanding 17km track that should only be attempted by experienced 4WD drivers.
When to visit
The area is subject to frequent flooding during the hotter months (December to March). To find out about local road and weather conditions, phone the Police Station at Ali Curung on (08) 8964 1959.
What to see & do
Camping, nature lovers and 4WD enthusiasts will love the Davenport Range National Park.
There are only basic camping facilities in the Park so come well prepared.
There are two camping spots, and swimming is allowed at the Old Police Station Waterhole.
>>Keep to designated roads and tracks. Permission from the relevant landowner is required before deviating from the public road.
>>Pets are not permitted in this park.
>>Take care with fire and use firewood sparingly. Use fuel stoves where possible.
Facilities/activities within the Reserve include:
>>4 x 4 Driving
Scenic & cultural features
Aboriginal associations with the area are extensive and strong. The Davenport Ranges mark the boundary between the traditional lands of the Warumungu, Alyawarre and Kaytetye people. Artefacts relating to earlier occupancy remain and 'Dreamtime' or creation stories remain strong among Aboriginal people who retain traditional associations with the land.
Europeans settled the area in the early 1900s. The area has a diverse history concerning mineral exploration and mining, pastoral development, missionary work and the establishment of Government services such as a police station.
Plants & animals
The area is an important refuge for fauna, especially water birds due to the extensive network of waterholes.
At least seven species of fish are present in the many permanent waterholes which are isolated from any other river system, giving the area considerable ecological importance.
Ranger guided activities
>>When: Long weekends only: 14th April, 29th April, 10th June, 5th August 2006
>>Time: 7.30 pm for 45 minutes
>>Meet: Whistleduck Campground
Where the Desert meets the Tropics - discover the Davenport Ranges and learn about what plants and animals live in this important transition zone.
>>When: Long weekends only: 15th April, 30th April, 11th June, 6th August 2006
>>Time: 7.30pm for 45 minutes
>>Meet: Campground at Old Police Station Waterhole
Life in the Davenport Ranges - learn what it was like to live in the Davenport Ranges over 100 years ago and how the area is being managed today .
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Parks and Wildlife Service NT