Dawes National Park Bundaberg | Gladstone

Heritage-listed Glassford Creek Smelter site. Photo credit: Peter Pickering © Queensland Government

About Dawes National Park

    Park features

    There are three sections to Dawes National Park with Glassford section being the main accessible area of the park. Dawes protects open forest and woodlands, including the endangered regional ecosystem Eucalyptus tereticornis and the endangered cycad Cycas megacarpa. Other significant plant communities within the park include semi-evergreen vine thicket on metamorphic rock, and gully vine forest.

    These plant communities provide habitat for many species including the endangered spotted-tailed quoll and koala; the vulnerable black-breasted button quail, tusked frog, glossy black-cockatoo, grey-headed flying-fox, and plumed frogmouth; and the near threatened black-chinned honeyeater.

    Queensland Heritage Registered historic mining sites also feature within this park. The Glassford Creek Smelter site, which was established in the early 1900s, is well preserved for its age and type, and valued for its connection to the mining and mineral processing past.

    Looking after the park

    You can help protect the park so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:

    • Everything in the park (living or dead) is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, heritage-listed structures, soil or rocks.
    • Keep your vehicle on the tracks; shortcutting and venturing off the track creates impacts such as erosion and soil compaction.
    • When bush toileting, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried at least 15cm deep and 100m from tracks, heritage sites and waterways. Bag and carry out disposable nappies, wipes and sanitary products.
    • Take your rubbish home for appropriate disposal. Never bury or leave rubbish in the park.
    • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.

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

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Dawes National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its important natural and cultural values in perpetuity. For more information about the management of Dawes National Park, please refer to the Dawes National Park Management Statement (PDF, 722.5KB) .

    Tourism information links

    Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
    Marina Ferry Terminal
    72 Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone QLD 4680
    Phone: (07) 4972 9000
    Email: gladstonevic@gapdl.com.au

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

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.