Set in mist-shrouded mountains west of Mackay, Eungella National Park is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks. Its 860 plant species include species from both subtropical and tropical rainforests. Much of the park is wilderness, dissected by rugged gorges. It is home to the Eungella honeyeater, one of five new Australian bird species discovered during the past 50 years.
Bushwalking is great at Eungella, with more than 20 kilometres of walking tracks, scenic lookouts and interesting plants and animals. From the viewing platform at Broken River visitors often see platypus diving to feed. Enjoy a bush picnic under huge swamp mahoganies and red gums. Go spotlighting to spy gently on many other forest residents.
An hour west of Mackay, in the rainforest-clad mountains lies Eungella National Park, at the head of the Pioneer Valley. Australia’s longest, oldest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, ranging over 51,700 hectares, the park draws its name from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Land of the Clouds’.
Thousands of years of isolation have allowed the rainforest to nurture an abundance of native life such as the Eungella Honeyeater, only one of five new bird species discovered in Australian in the past 50 years. 225 bird species have been recorded including the Wompoo Pigeon, Crimson Rosella, Regent Bower Birds and the endemic Eungella Honey Eater. It is also home to the Gastric Brooding Frog and the Orange-sided Skink plus many other rare natives such as the platypus, and is one of the very few places in Australia to spot this shy creature in its natural environment. Be at Broken River’s platypus viewing deck at sunrise and sunset for your opportunity to spot this furry creature.
22 kilometres of existing bushwalking tracks, plus the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, offer increasing access with varying degrees of difficulty and breathtaking views. Wheelchair access is provided at the Sky Window walking track.