About Forty Mile Scrub
On the McBride Plateau, where ancient and recent volcanic flows occurred side by side, Forty Mile Scrub National Park protects a dry rainforest remnant, open grassy woodland, and the headwaters of Lynd, Barwon and Cleanskin creeks.
Bottle, white cedar, fig and white bean trees grow in the semi-evergreen vine-thicket, one of the few inland dry rainforest remnants in North Queensland. This rainforest vegetation was once quite extensive and is now considered nationally significant.
Serving as a refuge and providing a variety of foods, Forty Mile Scrub National Park attracts a range of animals. Some are permanent inhabitants while others, such as the koala, are seasonal visitors. Possums, skinks, butterflies and numerous birds inhabit the dry rainforest and eucalypt woodland of this park. Burrows below the ground are home to the world's largest cockroach.
Forty Mile Scrub National Park is part of the extensive Einasleigh Uplands biogeographic region.
- Read more about the nature and history of Forty Mile Scrub National Park.
- Take care if driving at night—wildlife may be encountered on the highway.
- Stay on the walking track at all times—this reduces the risk of injury, prevents disturbance to native vegetation and reduces erosion.
- Take your rubbish with you—litter is unsightly and harmful to wildlife. Remember that cigarette butts are rubbish too.
- Feeding of wildlife is not permitted—it can affect the health of animals and alter their behaviour.
- Leave domestic animals at home—they are not permitted in national parks.
- Everything in the park, living or dead, is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Forty Mile Scrub National Park covers about 6330ha and is managed with the purpose of protecting the natural and cultural values of the area while allowing the public to continue to enjoy recreational activities.
A combined management plan for Undara Volcanic National Park and Forty Mile Scrub National Park has been prepared and implemented.
Lantana camara, a weed of national significance, is being strategically treated within the park. This management practice is important in order to reduce seasonal wildfires which have intensified due to the presence of introduced grass species.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Forty Mile Scrub
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.