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Deep red earths in the east of the park support soft mulga Acacia aneura communities—where mulga can reach up to 10 metres in height. Hard mulga communities grow on the ranges and skeletal soils in the western part of the park, where mulga rarely grows above four metres in height. Mulga forms communities with mountain yupunyah Eucalyptus thozetiana, Dawson gum E. cambageana, poplar box E. populnea and a number of wattles Acacia spp.
Mulga, along with other wattles, improves the low-nutrient soils of Mariala by making and returning nitrogen to the soil. Species of significance include a rare Hakea, which has only been recorded in the Adavale-Cheepie area of Queensland, and bowyakka Acacia microsperma, which is not well represented in other parks.
Help preserve this park’s natural and cultural values by following these few common sense rules:
- Leave everything as you find it. This includes plants, animals, rocks and artefacts.
- Firearms and other weapons must not be used in national parks.
- Leave your pets at home. Pets frighten wildlife, annoy other visitors, can become lost and are prohibited in the park.
- Take care with fire. Clear away any flammable material for a metre around campfires and ensure your fire is out before you leave.
- Bury toilet waste at least 15cm deep and 150m from any watercourse. Toilet paper is slow to break down in arid areas, so please burn toilet paper, if it is safe to do so.
- Use fuel stoves to reduce the need for firewood. Wood provides homes for wildlife and nutrients for the soil.
- Please remove your rubbish from the park and leave campsites clean and tidy.
- Do not contaminate water courses with detergents, soap, shampoo or human waste.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Mariala National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Mariala