Mount Scoria Conservation Park Outback Queensland

Photo credit: © Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer

Photo credit: © Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer

About Mount Scoria

    Semi-evergreen vine thicket growing on the mountain’s rocky slopes.

    Semi-evergreen vine thicket growing on the mountain’s rocky slopes.

    Photo credit: © Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer

    Park features

    Rising 150m above the cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking local landmark protected in Mount Scoria Conservation Park. This dramatic pillar of rocks was formed by volcanic activity 20–26 million years ago. It is the remains of a volcanic plug that features mostly hexagonal basalt columns. Gangulu Nation People call the mountain Dangama Mungar—Talking Mountain.

    This small conservation park in Queensland's brigalow belt contains open woodlands with poplar box, Moreton Bay ash, forest red gums, silver-leaved ironbarks and small patches of brigalow. An open semi-evergreen vine thicket growing on rocky slopes towards the summit and around the base of the mountain is a relict of much wetter times. This vegetation is now uncommon in Central East Queensland.

    Looking after the park

    Mount Scoria Conservation Park and its unusual basalt columns are culturally significant to the Gangulu Nation People. Please help protect the mountain by observing the following guidelines.

    • Respect Gangulu Nation People’s culture. Indigenous sites represent thousands of years of living culture of special significance to the Gangulu Nation People. These sites are easily damaged and irreplaceable. Look at, enjoy, but do not touch them.
    • Stay on the walking track. Do not climb the mountain as it causes irreversible damage to the scree slopes and unique rock formations. Rocks and loose surfaces are unstable—entrapment, falls, and serious injuries have occurred on the mountain. Do not strike the basalt columns as this can cause substantial damage.
    • Protect the wildlife. Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected.
    • Use a fuel stove. Open fires are not permitted and collecting firewood from the park is illegal.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing Mount Scoria Conservation Park. The major management aims are to conserve the mountain's quality and integrity, and to maintain the park’s native vegetation.

    The regional park is managed in accordance with the Mount Scoria Conservation Park Management Plan (PDF, 1.4MB) . Future planning for Mount Scoria Conservation Park will be developed under the Values Based Management Framework.

    Tourism information links

    Biloela Visitor Information Centre
    Callide St, Biloela QLD
    ph (07) 4992 2405
    fax (07) 4992 2405

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.