Within Blackbraes National Park are two resources reserves—Moonstone Hill and Kennedy Road Gravel. The park and two reserves cover about 52,000ha, and straddle two bioregions—the Einasleigh Uplands and Gulf Plains. Undulating hills and ranges surround basalt outcrops, black soil plains and seasonal swamps. The park and reserves are above 850m elevation providing a wetter and generally cooler climate compared with the surrounding country.
Moonstone Hill Resources Reserve—a volcanic vent—is popular for fossicking gem-quality feldspar called moonstone. Moonstone emits a silvery-white to blue colour when turned in certain directions. Fossicking in the reserve requires a licence.
- Do not enter private property without the owner’s permission and leave gates as you find them.
- Everything in the park is protected—leave everything as you find it.
- Leave pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
- Take rubbish home as bins are not provided.
- Toilets are not provided. Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from camping areas, fire trails and any water bodies to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
- Limit the spread of weeds and pathogens. Ensure clothes, footwear, gear and vehicles are clean and free of seeds and soil before arriving at the park and reserve. Remove, wrap and place seeds in your rubbish.
- Drive on formed roads as shown on map . Off-road driving damages the environment.
- Avoiding driving on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains. Don't get bogged! Unsealed roads and tracks may be overgrown with grasses adn too wet to drive on.
- The use of firearms is not permitted in national parks.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Formerly Blackbraes Pastoral Holding, Blackbraes National Park and the associated resources reserves—Moonstone Hill and Kennedy Road Gravel—were gazetted in 1998. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the protected area to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Blackbraes