Nature, culture and history
The Darumbal and Barada Kabalbara Yetimarala people have ongoing and strong connections to the landscape of Goodedulla. In the Darumbal language Goodedulla means ‘eagle flying overhead’.
Formerly part of the Boomer and Rookwood pastoral holdings, remnants of the pastoral history are scattered throughout the park including cattle yards, a tin hut, a well and fencing. The Queensland Forest Service once managed timber harvesting throughout the area.
Goodedulla National Park is the key conservation area for the Boomer Range province of the central Brigalow Belt. This province comprises mostly hilly to mountainous areas (to 480 m) formed on Permian volcanics and sediments and Devonian-Carboniferous sediments.
The park is home to koalas, squirrel and greater gliders, black-striped wallabies and dingoes.
Birdwatching is particularly good with more than 80 bird species having been recorded here.
Plant species of note include Eucalyptus raveretiana (black ironbox) and Livistonia sp., both along Melaleuca Creek and Guettardella putaminosa and Teucrium sp. both in the vine forest.
The rich microphyll vine forest communities have a number of plant species at their northern most limit of distribution. These include scrub ironbark, velvet cassia and Grevillea helmsiae.