Eungella National Park
This major park preserves a significant sample of the central Queensland rainforests. Most of the park is rugged and inaccessible but the southern portion is popular with campers and day visitors.
Eungella township is 80km west of Mackay. Follow the Pioneer Valley road to where it winds steeply up the Clarke Range to Eungella township. Caravans may have difficulty negotiating this section of the road.
On arriving at Eungella township, also known as 'Dalrymple Heights', follow the road sweeping to the left to reach Broken River, 5km away. Along the way you will see signs indicating the starting points of various walking tracks. The entrance to the first track, Pine Grove, starts just past the Eungella Chalet.
The ranger station, campground, Kiosk and other facilities are located at Broken river. Camping permits are required for campsites. The National camp ground is only suitable for tents.
1. Pine Grove (1.5km one way) Start near the Eungella Chalet and walk through rainforest past Eagle View Lookout.' After 700m take the fork back to the road and Cedar Grove. It is only 250m back along the road to your starting point.
2. Cedar Grove (3km one way) Red Cedar trees growing here give the track its name. This gentle sloping path meanders through rainforest for 3km to the roadside picnic area at Sky Windo. The return is then back the same route or along the roadway.
3. Sky Window (300m circuit) This circuit starts and ends at the Sky Window picnic ground. The track is wheelchair accessible and trackside signs inform visitors about Aboriginal history and use of the area. 30 minutes will give you plenty of time to stop at the lookouts. At the beginning of the loop track is a large lawn for picnicking, as well as a sheltered table, a gas barbecue and toilet facilities. This is also one end of the Cedar Grove track listed above.
4. Palm Walk (1.8km one way) Walk through tall Piccabeen and Alexandra palm Groves. Palm Walk circuit starts 200m along the road from Sky Window picnic ground. Take the right fork back to the road after 1.1km. It is 500m back along the road to your starting point. The left fork leads to starting point. The left fork leads to Broken River (see track 5 below).
5. Clarke Range Track (6.5km one way) You can join this track from the southern end of the Palm Walk Track. View the Pioneer Valley from Surprise Lookout and cross the Clarke Range at Sunshine Corner AT the Granite Bend you cross the Broken River and then join the Granite Bend Circuit and Rain forest Discovery walk for the final 700m.
6. Rainforest Discovery Walk. (1km circuit) This is a short circuit track with trackside information signs for those wishing to do a self-guided walk in sub-tropical rainforest. The track starts and ends in the Broken River picnic ground.
7. Granite Bend Circuit (2.1km circuit) This track is an extension of the Rainforest Discovery Walk and takes you deeper into the rainforest. The Crediton Creek Trail and Clarke Range track depart form this circuit.
8. Crediton Creek Trail (8.5km one way) This is a track for the physically fit. It forks from the Rainforest Discovery walk and follows Broken River upstream to Crediton Creek. Be sure to arrange a vehicle pick - up at Crediton Creek or you will have to walk the 6.5km back along the road.
9. Wishing Pool Circuit (1.5km circuit) At the end of the Crediton Creek trail, a circuit track leads through rainforest past a waterhole in Broken River.
Finch Hatton Gorge The road to Finch Hatton Gorge leaves the main Pioneer Valley road 1km east of Finch Hatton Township. This narrow road is 10km long with 6km of gravel. Creek crossings flood periodically.
A car park is sited adjacent to the National Park picnic area with toilets, picnic tables and gas BBQ's. There is no National Park camping in Finch Hatton Gorge.
10. Wheel of Fire and Araluen Falls (2.1km one way) This area features low-land tropical rainforest, granite boulders and cascades. The track begins at the picnic ground and extends 2.1km up Finch Hatton Gorge. 1.2km up this track turn left to Araluen Falls (400m) or continue ahead 900m on the Wheel of Fire track. The last 500m includes 260 steps. The track terminates at a large pool. For your own safety, remain on the track.
For further information contact:
Eungella National Park C/- Post Office DALRYMPLE HEIGHTS
Phone: (07) 4958 4552 Fax: (07) 4958 4501
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Mackay District Office Crn River and Wood Sts MACKAY QLD 4740
Phone: (07) 4944 7800