Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park Townsville

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About Cape Pallarenda

    Park features

    The park features the historic Quarantine Station—established in 1915, to quarantine passengers on incoming ships.

    During World War II the American and Australian armies used this area. Camps were set up on nearby beaches and the Quarantine Station was used as a hospital. Visitors can discover more about the station's history at the historic display.

    Set in a landscape of open woodland and rocky shores, the park protects a variety of animal and plant life and is a gateway to the recreational Cape Pallarenda Trails.

    Looking after the park

    • Stay on marked trails and formed roads to prevent damage to native vegetation, the spread of weed seeds and erosion.
    • Keep tracks in good condition and limit erosion by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.
    • Rubbish facilities are not provided in the park. Please take your rubbish with you.
    • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in the park.
    • Keep wild animals wild. Please do not feed them.

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

    Park management

    In 1986, 44 hectares of land encompassing the former quarantine station was gazetted as an environmental park managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). In 1990 and 1991, the remaining buildings were restored and became the then Regional Office of the department. It was regazetted as conservation park in 1994. As heritage listed buildings, their protection is ensured into the future.

    QPWS manages Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park for its natural and cultural values.

    Tourism information links

    Flinders Square Information Centre
    340 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
    ph: (07) 4721 3660 or 1800 801 902

    Townsville Visitor Information Centre – Elliot Springs
    Corner Elliot Springs Boulevard and Wadda Mooli Parkway
    Julago, Townsville Area Qld 4816
    ph: 1800 801 902

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