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The ruins of Thrushton homestead and surrounding station buildings are a reminder of the area's previous 'life' as a sheep property. Thrushton house was originally part of the Dunkeld Inn and was moved to Thrushton on carts drawn by 40 horses in 1921.
A diverse collection of plants and animals thrive within Thrushton. At least 100 species of birds have been recorded here, while mammals such as koalas and echidnas frequent creek-lines. The rare and threatened yakka skink, Major Mitchell cockatoo, square-tailed kite, rough-collared frog and woma are found here. Other species, including belah Casuarina cristata subsp. pauper, the delicate mouse and the golden whistler are near the south-western limit of their range in this park, while some 'western' species, such as the skinks Ctenotus brachyonyx and C. schomburgkii, are here at the eastern-most limit of their distribution. Spring wildflowers are a special feature of this park.
Help preserve this park's exceptional natural and cultural values by following these few common-sense rules:
- Leave everything as you find it. This includes plants, animals, rocks, ruins and artefacts.
- 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, bore or lake. 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 lakes and rivers with detergents, soap, shampoos or human waste.
- Drive only on declared roads indicated on the map and always wear seatbelts.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manage Thrushton National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
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