In this ancient land of the Channel Country and the Mitchell Grass Downs in the Outback of West Queensland Australia, the Bladensburg National Park protects the unique flora, animals and birds that live here as well as the thousands of flocks of migratory birds that come through here in their season.
Marked by rocky sandstone ridges with flat plateaus of treeless plains, there are occasional rivers and gorges that are often dry. Tall Red River Gums (Eucalypt Trees) line the waterways and flood plains, they can grow for hundreds of years and provide valuable shade in the sun drenched terrain of Bladensburg.
When it does rain, there are often floods which provides sustenance to the many different and unique animals, both rare and endangered, as well as diverse birdlife.
The area of the park was once a pastoralist station, before that, it was occupied by the Koa People, having lived here for thousands of years. The region where the park is today is still sparsely populated, although there are still vast pastoral ranches here.
Map showing the location of Channel Country, Birdsville and other towns and parks in the far south west of Queensland: South West Queensland Map - Outback Australia.
4WD are the only recommended vehicles for this region. You can get camping permits from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Phone 13 74 68 or visit Queensland Camping for more information.
You must be self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies. Phone 000 in emergency, there may be no park rangers where you are. However, mobile phone coverage is not good in all areas of the park. UHF, satellite phone and/or an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) are necessary. Bring plenty of drinking water as well as food, enough for a week, plenty of fuel and emergency repair kits in case of breakdown. More about survival in the Bush Travelling the Australian Outback.
There is also accommodation available in Winston and surrounds. Best time to visit is April to September, when the temperatures are more reasonable, while summer can bring heavy rains and temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius.
Fraser Island is also a stunning World Heritage Listed Site, just off the coast of Queensland. See more about: Fraser Island, Queensland.
The Australia Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world is also in Queensland: Great Barrier Reef.
See more about: World Heritage Sites in Australia
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Main Photo: Releasing Animals back into the Wild, Outback Queensland - Photographer: Maxime Coquard Tourism Australia
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