Mount Archer National Park
Spectacular views of Rockhampton city, deeply incised valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and feasting cockatoos feature strongly in a visit to Mount Archer National Park.
Getting there and getting around
Mount Archer National Park lies on Rockhampton's north-eastern outskirts. It has two entrances and both are accessible via sealed roads suitable for conventional vehicles.
>>Follow Dean Street north and turn right at the roundabout into Frenchville Road. Follow this road for 3km and turn right into Pilbeam Drive, a steep 5km drive featuring lookouts with easy roadside access. This road will lead you to Mount Archer's summit.
>>The park's lower entrance is off Old Norman Road and German Street and not easily seen. There is no designated carpark and you are advised not to commence the steep Zamia Walk from this entrance.
Mount Archer National Park protects bushland remnants in the Berserker Ranges, a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton. At 604m above sea level, Mount Archer is the highest peak and provides spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges. The park covers 4250ha of open forest and woodland communities dominated by eucalypts, with a large pocket of dry rainforest in the deeply incised Moores Creek valley. The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value and include several plant species with restricted distributions.
Things to do
>>Picnic and day use areas
Mount Archer National Park provides an opportunity for you to encounter the Rockhampton region's wildlife. However, the park also has some harmful species and can present some danger to the unwary visitor.
When bushwalking please:
>>Wear sturdy footwear and carry plenty of water.
>>Tell someone responsible your plans, and advise them of your safe return.
>>Be prepared to encounter wildlife such as snakes and know how to respond.
>>Ensure you have enough daylight as light levels fade rapidly before sunset and you could get disorientated.
>>Do not rely on mobile phones. There is occasional mobile phone coverage from the ridgelines only.
>>Cyclones are common along Queensland's tropical coastline. Never go bushwalking if a cyclone is imminent and be prepared for an emergency.
Looking after the park
Help protect Mount Archer National Park for generations to come, by observing the following guidelines.
>>Leave pets at home. They disturb wildlife and may become lost or injured.
>>Take your rubbish with you. It is unsightly and can harm wildlife.
>>Let animals find their own food. Feeding animals encourages them to be aggressive towards people.
>>Leave mountain bikes, trail bikes and all-terrain-vehicles outside the park. They erode tracks, damage vegetation and put other visitors at risk.
>>Avoid damaging plants or disturbing wildlife. All things, living and dead, are protected in the national park.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for Mount Archer National Park. Rockhampton City Council manages Fraser Park, on Mount Archer's summit.
The Berserker Wilderness Land Management Advisory Committee, comprised of various stakeholders including QPWS, has prepared a Pest Management Plan, Fire Strategy and Community Action Plan. The plans allow for the managed use of Mount Archer National Park and the surrounding areas.
61 Yeppoon Rd, Parkhurst
PO Box 3130, North Rockhampton QLD 4701
ph (07) 4936 0511
fax (07) 4936 2212
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