About Mount Walsh
Mount Walsh is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area. Steep forested slopes, sheltered gullies, rugged ridge lines and mountain areas with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs support an amazing diversity of vegetation.
This includes dry rainforest and vine thickets in sheltered pockets, scrubland and heath on rock pavements and open eucalypt forest and woodland.
Common rainforest trees include tuckeroo, python tree, canary beech and the native witch hazel with its white perfumed flowers. The park is also home to the vulnerable heart-leaved bosistoa Bosistoa selwynii.
The park is a wildlife refuge for a large variety of wildlife including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds including the vulnerable powerful owl Ninox strenua and the grey goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae. Look for peregrine falcons soaring overhead, lace monitors sunning on rocks and saw-shelled tortoises in the creeks.
Help protect the park so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:
- Everything in the park (living or dead) is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
- Use a fuel stove—fires are not permitted in the park.
- Taking your rubbish home for appropriate disposal. Never bury or leave rubbish in the park.
- Use toilets if available or bring a portable toilet. If bush toileting, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried at least 50cm deep and 100m from tracks, camp sites and waterways. Bag and carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
- When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways should be kept free of pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
- Avoid driving on fire trails and lesser tracks in wet conditions as this can cause considerable damage to them.
- Limit the spread of weeds by ensuring clothes, shoes, walking and camping gear, and vehicles are clean and free of seeds before arriving at the park.
- Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive. Store food in lockable boxes or containers.
- Contact the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline to report wildlife incidents in protected areas.
See the guidelines on caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Mount Walsh National Park was first gazetted in July 1947 and is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
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