Mariala National Park
Deep red earth contrasts with the silver-grey foliage and yellow flowers of mulga trees in this remote park. Mulga trees and shrubs grow alongside mountain yapunyah, Dawson gum, poplar box and wattles in the open woodlands.
Mariala National Park was the first park established to protect Queensland’s Mulga Lands. This former grazing property was used to breed horses for Cobb and Co. stagecoaches in the early 1900s.
A colony of threatened yellow-footed rock-wallabies has been established in the park. Other local wildlife include the threatened pink cockatoo and the rare square-tailed kite. More than 140 bird species live in the park.
Exploring Mariala: Bush camp in the park. Visitors must be totally self-sufficient as there is no ranger on the park, the local water supply is unreliable and unsuitable for drinking, and there are no facilities. Take a first aid kit and a fuel stove. Take extra food, water, fuel and spare parts for your vehicle. Remove your rubbish from the park.
Go birdwatching early morning. See or hear butcherbirds, spiny-cheeked honeyeaters, brightly coloured Australian ringnecks or Hall’s babblers. Look for emus, echidnas and wallaroos in the mulga shrublands.
Enjoy a view over the park from the main road through the park.
Visit in the cooler months. Summer days can be very hot and winter nights can be cold.
Getting there: Mariala is 128km north-west of Charleville on the main road to Adavale. All roads are unsealed and may become impassable when wet. Four-wheel-drive is recommended. Leave gates as you find them.
Park Street, Charleville
PO Box 149, Charleville QLD 4470
ph (07) 4654 1255
fax (07) 4654 1418