Blackwood National Park Townsville

Blackwood National Park. Photos: Eleanor Collins, Queensland Government.

About Blackwood

    Park features

    Blackwood National Park is named after an acacia known as blackwood or black gidyea Acacia argyrodendron. These beautiful trees grow to 10 m high and have a solid single trunk and dark furrowed bark. Narrow, slightly curved grey-green leaves form a distinctive crowned canopy.

    Blackwood National Park has diverse plant communities typical of the Brigalow Belt. The park features undulating hills intercepted by stony ridges and alluvial flats of sandy clays and black soils. Vegetation is dominated by acacia and eucalypt communities with diverse native grassland understoreys. Blackwood and lancewood woodlands occur on stony ridges along with clumps of spinifex and pockets of dry rainforest. Box eucalypts and scattered coolibah trees grow along the alluvial flats.

    The diversity of habitats in the park supports a variety of animals and is an important refuge and corridor for native animals. Almost 80 species of birds have been recorded in the park.

    Read more about the natural environment of Blackwood National Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Take rubbish home as bins are not provided.
    • Everything in the park is protected.
    • Leave pets at home–domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Toilets are not provided. Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from the car park, fire trails and any water bodies to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
    • Avoid the spread of weeds. Regularly check your footwear, bikes and clothing for seeds. Remove, wrap and place seeds in your rubbish. Parthenium has been found in Blackwood National Park. Contact us to report sightings of this weed.
    • The use of firearms is not permitted in national parks.
    • Vehicles are not allowed beyond the car park.
    • Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, breaking branches, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages the environment.
    • Keep tracks in good condition and limit erosion by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Blackwood National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in accordance with the Blackwood National Park Management Plan (PDF, 1.9MB) .

    Once part of Mount Hope Station, the 1648 hectare Blackwood National Park was gazetted in 1991 to conserve the diverse plant and animal communities in the area.

    Tourism information links

    Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
    www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au
    12 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
    Phone: (07) 4761 5300
    Email: mail@charterstowers.qld.gov.au

    Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
    www.capricornholidays.com.au
    3 Clermont Street, Emerald QLD 4720
    Phone: (07) 4982 4142
    Email: emerald@capricornholidays.com.au

    Flinders Discovery Centre
    www.flinders.qld.gov.au
    37 Gray Street, Hughenden QLD 4821
    Phone: (07) 4741 2970
    Email: info@flinders.qld.gov.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.