Welford National Park
Striking red sand dunes contrast with green spinifex grass and white ghost gums in this large diverse park in arid south-western Queensland.
Welford National Park protects examples of three of the State’s natural arid regions, Mulga Lands, Channel Country and Mitchell Grass Downs. Some of Australia’s most easterly wind-blown sand dunes occur in the park, which is also the extreme western range for many plants, including mountain yapunyah, poplar box, bendo and lancewood. The giant grey spinifex Triodia longiceps which grows on the lower slopes of the park’s ranges is uncommon in the surrounding region.
Large permanent waterholes on the Barcoo River are a refuge for wildlife, especially birds. Yellow-footed rock-wallabies shelter in rocky outcrops in the park’s rugged northern and eastern sections.
Evidence of Aboriginal occupation is scattered throughout the park. Remnants include wells and stone arrangements. The rammed earth homestead built on the former grazing property in 1882–3 is on the Queensland Heritage Register. This is a rare and fairly intact example of this type of construction.
Exploring Welford: Bush camp at Little Boomerang Waterhole on the Barcoo River. Take drinking water and a fuel stove. Go fishing.
Go scenic driving along two tourist drives. Allow two hours for each drive from the campground. The mulga drive leads to a picturesque waterhole on Sawyers Creek. See the sand dunes on the desert drive.
Go wildlife watching. See pelicans, brolgas, black swans and whistling kites around the waterholes. Look for brushtail possums at night. See emus on the grassy plains and pink cockatoos, mallee ringnecks, red-winged parrots and mulga parrots in the mulga woodlands.
Getting there: Welford is 50km south-east of Jundah. Travel south-west from Blackall on the Yaraka Retreat Road or north-west from Quilpie on the Diamantina Developmental Road to the Jundah-Quilpie Road.
Turn off the Jundah-Quilpie Road at the park entrance, 40km from Jundah and drive a further 10km to the park office. Four-wheel-drive is recommended on the mainly unsealed roads which are impassable in wet weather.
PO Box 202 LONGREACH QLD 4730
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