Bulburin National Park encompasses the catchments for the Boyne and Kolan rivers and Baffle and Granite creeks. Subtropical rainforest and dense stands of dry rainforest with emerging hoop pines cover half of Bulburin—together, they form the largest rainforest remnant in central Queensland.
The rest of Bulburin contains open eucalypt forest, woodland and tall open forest with a rainforest understorey. Dry open forests with New England blackbutt, spotted gum and white mahogany grow on the more exposed western ridges and foothills. Mature hoop pine plantations in the adjoining State forest areas are being harvested for timber.
A variety of wildlife lives in the forest including wompoo pigeons, regent bowerbirds, red-necked and red-legged pademelons and red-eyed tree frogs. Rare and threatened species like the long-nosed potoroo have also been reported. Bulburin National Park protects the only known population of the endangered Bulburin nut tree Macadamia jansenii, which is so rare, less than 40 individuals exist.
Looking after the park
Help to care for the park and the wildlife that lives here by following these guidelines:
- Everything in national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
- Use a portable stove to reduce fire danger and eliminate the need for firewood.
- Bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood. Collecting wood in national parks is prohibited.
- Keep your campfire at least 2m clear of surrounding vegetation.
- Do not place inflammable materials in fires—penalties apply. These items can pose serious safety risks to subsequent campers.
- Avoid contaminating water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m away from waterways.
- Bury all toilet waste (and paper) 15cm deep at least 100m from waterways, tracks and camp sites.
- Take all rubbish home—never burn or bury it. There are no rubbish bins in the park.
- Do not feed native animals. Never bury scraps as animals may dig them up.
- Leave pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park.
- Check and clean mud and seeds from your shoes, tyres and tents before and after entering parks to help prevent the spread of weeds and the deadly chytrid fungus that kills frogs.
See the guidelines for caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Bulburin National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity. View the park’s management statement .
Tourism information links
Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
Gladstone Marina Ferry Terminal
72 Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone QLD 4680
Phone: (07) 4972 9000
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
- Parts of Bulburin National Park closed 7 March to 3 April 2023