Errk Oykangand National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

About Errk Oykangand National Park (CYPAL)

    Park features

    Errk Oykangand National Park (CYPAL) is a living, cultural landscape, rich in traditional significance for the Uw Oykangand people (the language group of the ‘people of the outside waterholes’). It is a landscape with bountiful resources, important to the Aboriginal people for hunting and fishing. Today the park is integral in passing on the Uw Oykangand peoples' traditions to future generations.

    Nestled between the Alice and Mitchell rivers, Errk Oykangand National Park (CYPAL) is a landscape full of contrasts. Tall, elegant gum trees, milky pines and cabbage tree palms line the fertile banks of the Mitchell River while bloodwoods, Cooktown ironwoods and ti-trees thrive in the whitish coloured sands and clays bordering the Alice River. In between the rivers lies savanna country—the ground, hard and cracked during the dry months, often becomes an inland sea during the wetter months.

    Looking after the park

    Please help the Uw Oykangand people and rangers protect the park.

    • Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Never feed wildlife as it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.
    • Lighting of fires is not allowed. Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking.
    • Check your clothing and shoes regularly for seeds and place in your rubbish to avoid the spread of weeds.
    • Please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
    • The use of firearms and chainsaws is prohibited in national parks.
    • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Keep to formed roads and tracks.
    • Do not collect souvenirs or interfere with cultural sites.

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

    Park management

    Gazetted as Mitchell-Alice Rivers National Park in 1977, the park was renamed Errk Oykangand National Park (CYPAL) in October 2009.

    Today, the park is jointly managed by the Errk Oykangand National Park Land Trust and the Queensland Government in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement and other land management arrangements. Read more about joint management of Cape York Peninsula national parks.

    Tourism information links

    Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre
    Cooktown Botanic Gardens, Cooktown QLD 4895
    ph (07) 4069 6004

    Kowanyama River Guest House
    Lot 9 Chapman Road, Kowanyama QLD 4892
    ph 1300 183 566

    For public camping bookings:

    Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resources Management Office
    31 Chapman Road, Kowanyama QLD 4892
    ph (07) 4083 7154

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

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.