Dalrymple National Park
Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River are highlights here, along with the site of the former Dalrymple township, one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.
Dalrymple National Park features some of the more unique and contrasting features of the Charters Towers region including ancient lava flows and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland. In the dry season, its sandy edges provide a lovely setting for camping.
The summit of Mt Keelbottom can be viewed from a distance rising 130m above the surrounding plain.
Part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found within the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.
Exploring Dalrymple: Dalrymple National Park is remote and undeveloped. Rough trails follow the Burdekin River and Fletcher Creek. These peaceful walks allow visitors to explore the basalt flows on the park.
Longer hikes to Mt Keelbottom should only be undertaken by well-equipped, experienced bushwalkers. Walkers must be well prepared and responsible for their own safety.
The river banks provide excellent opportunities for viewing water birds and the variety of woodland plants makes the park an important refuge for native animals.
Getting there: The park is 42km north of Charters Towers. Access is via the Gregory Development Road (Lynd Highway). From the south, turn right on to an unsealed vehicle track at Fletcher Creek Crossing (camping area) and travel a further 2.5km along this track to the park entrance.
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