Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Photo: Adam Creed © Qld Govt

About Edmund Kennedy

    Park features

    The Edmund Kennedy section of Girramay National Park boasts natural beauty combined with a diverse range of landscapes. The low-lying area has a wonderful variety of vegetation including lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests that include most of the mangrove species found in Australia.

    During the wet season a deluge of rain flows from adjacent ranges to flood the creeks and swamps. As the floodwaters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the tea-trees. During cooler, drier months the swamps dry out.

    This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and provides valuable habitat for the vulnerable estuarine crocodile as well as the endangered mahogany glider and southern cassowary.

    Read more about the nature and history of Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park.

    Looking after the park

    Whenever you explore, minimise your impact. Terrestrial and marine plants and animals depend on us to keep land, ocean and estuarine areas clean.

    • Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
    • Stay on the walking tracks.
    • 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.

    Park management

    The Edmund Kennedy section of Girramay National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is managed to preserve the area's natural, cultural and scenic values while providing nature-based recreational opportunities for visitors.

    Girramay National Park was gazetted on 20 July 2007. Edmund Kennedy National Park became part of Girramay National Park on 5 June 2009. This followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the department and the Girramay Aboriginal people.

    Girramay National Park is managed by  Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Girramay Aboriginal people.

    Tourism information links

    Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre
    www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au
    334A Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
    ph (07) 4726 2700
    email flinders@tel.com.au

    Cassowary Coast Council Information Centre
    www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au
    53 Victoria Street, Cardwell QLD 4849
    ph (07) 4066 2412
    email cardwelltourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au

    Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre
    www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au
    Bruce Highway, Tully QLD 4854
    ph (07) 4068 2288
    email tullytourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au

    Tyto Information and Wetlands Centre
    www.tyto.com.au
    Bruce Highway, Ingham QLD 4850
    ph (07) 4776 4792
    email council@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

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