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About White Blow

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Getting there and getting around

Turn off the Flinders Highway at Mingela, 87 km south-west of Townsville. Travel south for 35 km and turn left at the Ravenswood/Ayr road, approximately 5 km from the township of Ravenswood. From here, follow the signs to the park.

During the wet season (December to April) contact Department of Transport and Main Roads to enquire about local road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for updated weather reports.

Wheelchair accessibility

White Blow Regional Park has no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Park features

The park, covering almost 2 ha, was gazetted in 1974 to conserve its unique quartz outcrop. The White Blow is the largest of several irregular masses of quartz (silicon dioxide) in the area. Standing 15 m high with a diameter of 45 m, it is an outstanding and unusual geological formation.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in White Blow Regional Park.

Other accommodation

Accommodation is available at Ravenswood, approximately 5 km south-west of the park. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Walking

There are no designated walking tracks, but visitors are welcome to explore the quartz outcrop. Take care when exploring. Remember—leave only footprints, and only take photographs—everything on the park (including rocks) are protected.

Picnic and day-use areas

Although no facilities are provided, visitors are welcome to stop for a picnic. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Viewing wildlife

White Blow Regional Park is home to an array of plants and animals. The open woodland, dominated by ironbark and bloodwood, has a grassy understorey. Mammals, reptiles and birds find refuge in this habitat.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit make sure you bring:

  • a first aid kit
  • fresh water, as water facilities are not provided
  • a fuel stove and fuel, as fires are not permitted
  • a sealable container for rubbish—bins are not provided
  • a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • a shovel to bury all toilet waste.

Opening hours

White Blow Regional Park is open 24 hours a day (camping is not permitted). During the wet season, December to April, visitors should check with Department of Transport and Main Roads for road conditions.

Permits and fees

Special permits are required for commercial or organised events within the park.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in White Blow Regional Park.

Climate and weather

Day time temperatures and humidity can be high at any time of the year and nights can be very cool. Please carry suitable clothing to accommodate all extremes. July to October is generally the driest period and the best time to visit. In the wet season (December to April) local flooding may close roads to the park. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and basic supplies are available at Ravenswood, 5 km south-west of the park. For a complete range of supplies, travel 88 km north-west of the park to Charters Towers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Carry adequate drinking water.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
  • Never feed or provoke wild animals.
  • Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help to look after this park by following these guidelines.

  • Remember plants and animals are protected.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave. This includes cigarette butts, which do not decompose.
  • Toilets are not provided. Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15 cm deep and 100 m from the car park to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
  • Use a fuel stove—fires are not permitted.
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
  • Vehicles are not allowed beyond the car park.

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

Park management

White Blow Regional Park was gazetted in 1974. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the protected area to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

A management plan for White Blow Regional Park (PDF, 881K) has been prepared and implemented.

Tourism information links

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au
74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
phone (07) 4761 5533
email

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

Further information

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Last updated
15 September 2016