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About White Mountains
Covering 112,000 ha, this rugged wilderness features spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, and diverse plants and animals. A further 12,000 ha are contained in a regional park on the eastern boundary of the park.
The park protects 14 different ecosystems in the Desert Uplands bioregion, making it one of inland Queensland's most botanically diverse parks. Lancewood forests, open woodlands, laterite pastures, heathlands and spinifex grasslands are spotted around the white sandstone outcrops, sand dunes and sandy flats in the Canns Camp area. Brilliant wildflowers and a host of animals are found throughout the park.
The park is a vast arid landscape for most of the year. When season conditions are favourable however, it comes alive in winter with a colourful display of wildflowers. The headwaters of three major catchments exist within the park. Water flows through several smaller streams into the Burdekin River and then to the east coast. The Flinders River flows north into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Water also flows through the channel country of western Queensland, eventually feeding into Lake Eyre in South Australia. White Mountains National Park is a major infill area for the Great Artesian Basin.
Read more about the natural environment of White Mountains National Park.
Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines:
- Access to private property, adjacent to the park and reserves, is prohibited.
- Use a fuel stove only—campfires are not permitted.
- Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park—they disturb native wildlife.
- Everything in the park is protected—leave everything as you found it.
- Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
- Camp softly. Leave your camp site better than you found it.
- Use toilet facilities.
- Protect water quality. Don't use soap, toothpaste or detergent in freshwater creeks and waterholes. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50 m from fresh water.
- Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
- Limit the spread of weeds by ensuring clothes, shoes, gear, bikes and vehicles are clean and free of seeds before arriving at the park. Remove, wrap and place seeds in your rubbish.
- Ride and drive on formed roads as shown on map . Riding over vegetation, breaking branches, taking shortcuts and forming new tracks damages the environment.
- Unlicensed trail-bike riders and drivers are not allowed in parks and reserves. Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be fully registered.
- Motocross is not permitted in parks or reserves.
- Avoiding driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
- Respect park neighbours and visitors—ensure the noise and dust from your riding and driving doesn’t upset others. Do not enter private property without the owner’s permission and leave gates as you found them.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
White Mountains National Park was gazetted in stages from 1990. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages the protected area to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.
Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers Qld 4820
Phone (07) 4761 5533
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of White Mountains