Southwood National Park
Brigalow-belah forest remnants are conserved in this park on the western Darling Downs. Few intact examples of this vegetation type remain on the Downs. Cypress pine, poplar box, wilga bush, false sandalwood, western teatree and other plant species common throughout the semi-arid lands also grow in the park.
Southwood’s scrubby forests are a refuge for wildlife. More than 92 species of birds have been seen in the park. The wonga pigeon is close to the inland limit of its range here. Large depressions known as gilgais are scattered through the park. These form by constant wetting and drying of the heavy clay soils.
This is the traditional land of the Bigambul people. Explorers Allan Cunningham and Thomas Mitchell passed this way but the surrounding area was slow to attract settlers. Formerly known as “Wild Horse Paradise”, Southwood became a national park in 1970.
Break your journey between Toowoomba and Quilpie at Southwood. Have a bush picnic in the peaceful natural surroundings. Take drinking water. Remove your rubbish. Be careful with open fires.
Take your binoculars and go birdwatching. Glossy black-cockatoos feed on the seed-filled cones of the belah trees. Go spotlighting at night to see sugar or feathertail gliders. Camping is not allowed.
The park has no walking tracks but you can explore the forest along the roads with care.
Southwood is about four hours’ drive west of Brisbane or 130km south-west of Dalby on the Moonie Highway. Four-wheel-drive is recommended on Fabians Road which dissects the park. Roads become boggy when wet.
QPWS Toowoomba (for Queen Mary Falls)
158 Hume Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350
PO Box 731 TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
ph (07) 4699 4355
fax (07) 4699 4399
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service