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About Blackwood

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Getting there and getting around

Blackwood National Park is on the Gregory Developmental Road (Great Inland Way), 15 km north of Belyando Crossing and 180 km south of Charters Towers. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to find out about local road conditions. Vehicles are not permitted beyond the car park.

Wheelchair accessibility

Blackwood National Park has no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Park features

Blackwood National Park is named after the blackwood tree. Photo: Eleanor Collins, Queensland Government.

Blackwood National Park is named after the blackwood tree. Photo: Eleanor Collins, Queensland Government.

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.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted in the park.

Other accommodation

There is a caravan park and camping area at Belyando Crossing, 15 km south of the park. A range of other accommodation including hotels, camping and caravan parks can be found at Clermont and Charters Towers. For more information see, the tourism information links.

Things to do


There are two walking tracks in Blackwood National Park. The tracks are not regularly maintained and can be overgrown with vegetation.


Brigalow circuit (Grade: easy)

Distance: 1 km return
Time: allow 45 mins walking time
Details: enjoy this short circuit walk from the car park through brigalow and lancewood scrub and past small seasonal wetlands.

Creek walk (Grade: moderate–difficult)

Distance: 6 km return
Time: allow 2.5 hrs walking time
Details: from the car park, follow this level track for 2.4 km past small seasonal wetlands to the creek. During and after the wetter months the creek will hold water, but will be a dry bed for the rest of the year. From here, turn right and walk along the creek for 600 m to a series of rock holes. The track along the creek is not formed and walkers must return along the same route to the car park.

Mountain biking

Mountain bike on Blackwood National Park’s 17 km return boundary firebreak. The firebreak is not maintained and has steep and very rocky sections. Access is via a turnstile at the car park. Bikes will need to be lifted over or slid under the fence.

Mountain bikes are not permitted on either of the walking tracks.

For more information, see cycling.

Things to know before you go

Opening hours

Blackwood National Park is generally accessible all year round although may be closed during parts of the wet season. Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to find out about local road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for weather reports and forecasts.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Blackwood National Park.

Climate and weather

Days can be very hot between October and March, reaching an average temperature of 31 to 35 ºC and, at times, exceeding 40 ºC. Wet periods occur during this time and can often make access difficult to impossible. Visit in the cooler months, from April to September, when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 27 ºC. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and basic supplies are available at the roadhouse at Belyando Crossing, 15 km south of the park. Charters Towers (180 km north) has a wider range of supplies For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • Carry adequate drinking water. Treat all water before drinking.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days and try to walk in the cooler parts of the day.
  • Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
  • Stay well clear of wild dogs.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear, carry a first-aid kit and be realistic about your cycling abilities.
  • When cycling, slow down or stop when approaching other track users. 
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns.

Read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests for more information.

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 15 cm deep and 100 m 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, 1.9M).

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
12 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
Phone: (07) 4761 5300

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre
3 Clermont Street, Emerald QLD 4720
Phone: (07) 4982 4142

Flinders Discovery Centre
37 Gray Street, Hughenden QLD 4821
Phone: (07) 4741 2970

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

Further information

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Last updated
15 September 2016