Forty Mile Scrub National Park
On the McBride Plateau, where ancient and recent volcanic flows occur side by side, a dry rainforest remnant, open grassy woodland, and the headwaters of Lynd, Barwon and Cleanskin Creeks are protected in Forty Mile Scrub National Park.
Bottle trees, white cedars, fig trees and forest red gums grow in the semi-evergreen vine thicket known as Forty Mile Scrub, one of the few inland dry rainforest remnants in north Queensland. This mountain rainforest vegetation was once quite extensive and is now considered nationally significant. Cypress pine, paperbarks, ironbarks, spotted gum and poplar gum grow in the park’s open woodland.
At 900 metres above sea level, Forty Mile Scrub experiences chilly tropical evenings in winter. The heavy dew may be the reason so many native animals visit and live in the forests, feeding on the variety of foods in nature’s garden.
Exploring Forty Mile Scrub
Stop for a walk or picnic. Toilets and sheltered picnic tables are provided in the day use area beside Kennedy Highway.
Information signs along the walking trail helps visitors understand the vegetation types and typical wildlife found in the vine scrub. The leaf litter is home to the giant cockroach which burrows into the moist soil looking for food. See black-striped wallabies sheltering in the vine thicket during the day.
Explore the unique stunted forest on a 10-minute, flat circuit walk. Signs guide you from the day-use area to the start of the track.
The picnic facilities, toilets and track are wheelchair-accessible.
Forty Mile Scrub straddles part of the narrow Kennedy Highway 65km south-west of Mt Garnet and 108km south-west of Ravenshoe.
QPWS Cairns Information Centre
5B Sheridan Street, Cairns
PO Box 2066 CAIRNS QLD 4870
ph (07) 4046 6600
fax (07) 4046 6751
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service