Blackwood National Park

Getting there and getting around

 

Blackwood is off the Gregory Development Road (Great Inland Way) and is 180km south of Charters Towers or 15km north of Belyando Crossing. The road inside the park is gravel but conventional vehicle access is possible.

 

Access is restricted in the wet season, between October and April. Check with RACQ for road conditions (see tourism information links for contact details) and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports. It is not advisable to enter the park during or after heavy rain.

 

Vehicles are not permitted beyond the carpark.

 

Wheelchair accessibility
Blackwood National Park has no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

 

Park features

 

Blackwood National Park is named after an acacia known as blackwood or black gidyea (Acacia argyrodendron). These beautiful trees can grow up to 10m high, and have a solid single trunk and dark furrowed bark. Narrow, slightly curved grey-green leaves form a distinctive crowned canopy.

 

The park features undulating hills intercepted by stony ridges and alluvial flats. Acacia woodlands, consisting of blackwood and lancewood trees, occur on the stony ridges along with clumps of spinifex and pockets of dry rainforest. Box eucalypts and scattered coolibah trees grow along the alluvial flats.

 

The park was gazetted in 1991 and was once part of Mt Hope Station. To date, 11 vegetation communities containing 137 plant species have been identified.

 

Camping and accommodation

 

Camping

 

Camping is not permitted in the park. The nearest camping area is the Belyando Crossing Caravan Park, which is 15km south of the park along the Gregory Development Road.

 

Other accommodation

 

A range of accommodation including hotels, camping and caravan parks can be found at Clermont and Charters Towers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

 

Things to do

 

Walking

 

No tracks are provided. Blackwood National Park is remote and undeveloped. Visitors must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety.

 

Picnic and day use areas

 

Self-reliant visitors can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in this remote, undeveloped park. No facilities exist in the park.

 

Viewing wildlife

 

Within the park 10 regional ecosystems occur. These ecosystems provide a diverse refuge for many animals including wallabies, wallaroos, arboreal leaf-tailed geckos and squatter pigeons. Black-necked storks can also be seen in and around the watercourses.

 

The closed bendee scrub provides habitat for bird species including the eastern yellow robin, speckled warbler, inland thornbill and Lewin's honeyeater. The speckled warbler is at the northern limit of its range.

 

Things to know before you go

 

Essentials to bring

 

>>A first aid kit.
>>Fresh water, as water is not provided.
>>A sealable container for rubbish. Bins are not provided. Please take your rubbish home with you.
>>A fuel stove and fuel, as fires and generators are not permitted.
>>A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
>>A shovel to bury all toilet waste.

 

Opening hours
Blackwood National Park is open 24 hours a day (camping is not permitted) and is generally accessible from May to September. During the wet season, between October and April, the road into the park may be inaccessible. Visitors should check with RACQ for road conditions (see tourism information links for contact details).

 

Climate and weather
Days can be very hot between October and March, reaching an average temperature of 31 to 35 degrees Celsius. At times, hot summer days exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Wet periods occur during this time and can often make access difficult to impossible. It is preferable to visit in the cooler months, from April to September, when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 27 degrees Celsius. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Staying safe
Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks.
Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

 

Further information
QPWS Reef and National Parks Information Centre
Old Quarantine Station, Pallarenda
PO Box 5391, Townsville QLD 4810
ph (07) 4722 5224
fax (07) 4722 5222

 

Open Monday—Friday 10am–4pm
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

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