Dularcha National Park Sunshine Coast

Photo credit: © Lise Pedersen

About Dularcha

    Park features

    Dularcha National Park’s historic railway tunnel, built in 1891, is one of only two tunnels built along the old North Coast Line between Brisbane and Gympie. Today this 93.5m long curved tunnel provides a dark and suitably protected site for seasonal roosting by a variety of small bats, including large-footed myotis.

    The first section of this park was declared in 1921 to ensure steam train passengers would have beautiful views of Queensland’s majestic forest. Eucalypt forests and riparian areas with flooded gums, cabbage tree palms and rainforest provide habitats for wildlife. Birdwatchers will enjoy the diversity of birds along the tracks early and late in the day.

    Shared tracks enable walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders to explore the park's natural and historic features.

    Looking after the park

    Protect the natural environment and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here, by following these guidelines.

    • Everything within national parks and forests is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
    • Care for roosting bats—avoid disturbing them and walk quietly through the tunnel.
    • Check and clean mud and seeds from shoes and tyres before and after entering the park to help prevent the spread of weeds and the deadly chytrid fungus that kills frogs.
    • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
    • Stay on the track. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.
    • Take rubbish home with you.
    • Obey signs and safety notices.

    Horse riders—help reduce your impact by:

    • Riding only on formed roads and tracks designated for horse riding.
    • Not allowing horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses. Cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points only.
    • Not allowing horses to graze on vegetation.
    • Tethering horses at hitching sites or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
    • Ensuring horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before entering the park to avoid spreading weeds.

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

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

    For more information about park management read the Dularcha National Park Management Plan (PDF, 100.5KB) . Future planning for Dularcha National Park will be developed under the Values Based Management Framework.

    Tourism information links

    Visit Sunshine Coast
    Phone: 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
    Email: visit@visitsunshinecoast.com

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

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.