At the northern end of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Kalkajaka National Park (CYPAL) contains an imposing mountain range of black granite boulders. These formidable boulders, some the size of houses, stack precariously on one another—appearing to defy both gravity and logic.
The wet tropics and drier savanna/woodland regions meet in this park, making it a refuge for wildlife. The extraordinary combination of flora and geomorphology provides a habitat for an unusual range of wildlife, including species that are endemic (entirely confined) to this boulder-jumbled mountain.
Kalkajaka (meaning 'place of spear'), is an important meeting place for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. The mountain is also a feature of local non-Aboriginal folklore.
Read more about the nature, culture and history of Kalkajaka National Park (CYPAL).
Looking after the park
Please assist the Traditional Owners and rangers to look after this special place.
- Do not break, alter or deface the rocks.
- Leaves pets at home. Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Kalkajaka National Park (CYPAL) is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Wet Tropics Management Authority, to preserve and protect the area's natural condition and cultural resources and values.
Tourism information links
Nature’s Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre
Cooktown Botanic Gardens, Cooktown QLD 4895
ph (07) 4069 6004
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Kalkajaka
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