Moorrinya National Park

Remote park with flat plains criss-crossed by watercourses. Grasslands and open eucalypt, acacia and melaleuca woodlands.


Park features


In the heart of the Desert Uplands, Moorrinya National Park protects 18 land types in the Lake Eyre Basin, one of Australia's most important catchments.


This remote park has dry, flat plains criss-crossed by watercourses and covered in open eucalypt, paperbark and acacia woodlands and grasslands. Moorrinya is a wildlife refuge, protecting Australian icons such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and dingoes, as well as rare and threatened species such as the square-tailed kite, squatter pigeon and Julia Creek dunnart.


Moorrinya National Park was initially established as the sheep grazing property, Shirley Station. In the late 1970s, cattle replaced sheep and grazing continued until the park was established in 1993. Much of the sheep station infrastructure, dating back to the late 1940s, remains as a reminder of the spirit and hard work of the people who lived in this remote part of Queensland.



Moorrinya National Park is remote and undeveloped. Visitors must be well prepared and self-sufficient.




There are no walking tracks in this remote park.


Picnic and day-use areas


Visitors can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in this remote, undeveloped park. Toilets are the only facilities here.


Viewing wildlife


The park conserves 32,607ha of flat grassy plains and open eucalypt and acacia woodlands with a network of shallow creeks. Twelve of the 15 regional ecosystems found in the Prairie-Torrens Creek Alluvial Province of the Desert Uplands occur on Moorrinya and include over 300 plant species.


The park protects a wide range of desert animals including 165 species of birds, 40 reptiles, 17 mammals, nine frogs and seven fish. The rare ground cuckoo-shrike and square-tailed kite can be found at the park.


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



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