Bladensburg National Park Outback Queensland

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Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is permitted at Bough Shed Hole camping area. A pit toilet is the only facility provided. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of accommodation available in and around Winton. See tourism information links for further information.

    Walking

    Take the time to explore some of Bladensburg’s natural and historical attractions on foot.

    When walking, wear sun protection and sturdy shoes, carry plenty of water, and follow other safety advice.

    Bladensburg homestead walk (allow 30–45mins) Grade: easy

    Explore the restored homestead and its original complex, consisting of staff quarters, meat house and store. Obtain a Bladensburg homestead walk guide brochure onsite and discover outback station life from a time when 11 miles to Winton was a long way.

    Driving

    Take a scenic drive through grasslands and channels then climb the jump-up to Scrammy Gorge for spectacular views. You could also skirt the scenic waterholes of Surprise Creek, vast claypans and sites of significance to the Koa People.

    Please practise low impact driving in Bladensburg National Park and never drive on claypans.

    Scrammy drive—40km return (allow 2–4hrs)

    Find out who Scrammy was and share his view over spectacular Bladensburg National Park. Starting at Bladensburg Homestead, Scrammy Drive takes you over black soil plains, through spectacular jump-up country to the walking track leading to Scrammy Lookout. Pick up a drive guide brochure at the old homestead before setting out. This drive can only be accessed by high clearance vehicles, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

    Route of the River Gum—72km return to Winton (allow half a day)

    Starting at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, the Route of the River Gum passes 15 places of interest in Winton Shire and through Bladensburg National Park. Pick up a drive guide brochure from the Waltzing Matilda Centre before you head off.

    Viewing wildlife

    Species lists are available from Wildlife Online.

    Animals

    Bladensburg is home to a wonderful diversity of birds, including emus, Australian bustards, Hall’s babblers, spotted bowerbirds and singing bushlarks.

    Although more typically found in greater numbers further to the north and west, you may still see painted firetails and rufous-crowned emu-wrens among the spinifex and rufous-throated honeyeaters along creek lines.

    Look for red kangaroos on the open Mitchell grasslands, eastern grey kangaroos in the lower creeks and wallaroos around mesa areas. During the day, dunnarts and planigales (native marsupial mice) will shelter from the sun in the clay soils’ deep cracks, but are active at night in the Mitchell grasslands.

    Plants

    The flat tops of mesas and plateaus support open woodlands of western bloodwood and mulga. The distinctive mineritchie or red mulga, with its characteristic curly red bark, lines some dry creek beds.

    Lancewood covers the steep slopes of sandstone ranges and escarpments, while spinifex and Normanton box are found in the broad valleys. Bladensburg forms the south-eastern boundary of soft spinifex’s (Triodia pungens) range.

    Much of the park’s northern half consists of vast cracking clay soils covered by Mitchell grass and scattered with small areas of gidgee woodlands.

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