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Southwood National Park

Spotted gum and cypress pine after a storm, Southwood National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland GovernmentSpotted gum and cypress pine after a storm, Southwood National Park. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government

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Location

Located 140km south-west of Dalby along the Moonie Highway.

What's special

Brigalow-belah forest remnants are conserved in this park on the western Darling Downs. Few intact examples of this vegetation type remain on the Downs. Cypress pine, poplar box, wilga bush, false sandalwood, western teatree and other plant species common throughout the semi-arid lands are all found in the park.

Southwood’s scrubby forests are a refuge for wildlife. More than 92 species of birds have been seen in the park, with the wonga pigeon close to the inland limit of its range here. Large depressions known as gilgais are scattered through the park. These are formed by constant wetting and drying of the heavy clay soils.

This is the traditional land of the Bigambul People. Explorers Allan Cunningham and Thomas Mitchell passed this way but the surrounding area was slow to attract settlers. Formerly known as ‘Wild Horse Paradise’, Southwood became a national park in 1970.

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Last updated
8 February 2019