Sundown National Park, is a rugged wilderness area with spectacular steep-sided gorges, sharp ridges and peaks of over 1,000m that rise above the Severn River. The vegetation is mainly woodland consisting of box, ironbark and cypress trees, river red gums and river oaks along the river, stringybark and yellow box trees dominate forest in some high eastern areas and pockets of dry vine scrub are found in sheltered gorges. More than 150 species of birds have been recorded in the park, making it the perfect location for birdwatching enthusiasts.
The Sundown area has a history of early selection and subdivision in the late 1800s, followed by extensive clearing for grazing and fine wool production. Tin, copper and arsenic were also mined in the area from the 1870s. Pastoral relics and old surface diggings remain.
Sundown is a great place to get away from it all. Visitors must be self-sufficient as few facilities are provided.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Sundown National Park.
Looking after the park
- Stay on designated roads and tracks and obey all warning signs.
- Preferably use fuel or gas stoves. If you do wish to use the barbecues provided, please bring your own clean, milled timber. Never collect wood from the bush. Take care with fire, and make sure your fire is out before you leave it, especially during hot or windy conditions.
- Remove all rubbish.
- Secure supplies and rubbish from goannas and currawongs.
- Protect streams from pollution. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m away from water bodies.
- See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Sundown National Park, to conserve natural and cultural resources, to present these resources and their values, and to ensure that use of these resources is nature-based and ecologically sustainable.
Tourism information links
Contact the information centre below for more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region.
Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre
28 Leslie Parade,
STANTHORPE QLD 4380
Phone: (07) 4681 2057
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
Frequently asked questions about Sundown
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Sundown
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.