The Palmerston (Doongan) section of Wooroonooran National Park is included in the traditional lands of the Ma:Mu Aboriginal people. Located at the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, it is a place of very high biodiversity, due to the high rainfall and fertile soils derived from basalt rocks. More than 500 rainforest tree species grow here, including black bean, milky pine, water gum and red tulip oak. The area also has many epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants without harming them) including ferns, mosses and basket ferns. This intermingling of plant species creates a haven for wildlife, such as the little musky rat-kangaroo, the double-eyed fig-parrot and the endemic chowchilla.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Palmerston (Doongan) section, Wooroonooran National Park.
- Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Stay on walking tracks—taking short cuts leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
- Respect Indigenous culture and protect places of special significance to Aboriginal people. Never disturb any historic sites or remove artefacts.
- Protect native wildlife by leaving your pets at home. You will be more likely to see and hear native animals.
- Keep wildlife wild. Never chase, scare or feed native animals—you might get bitten or scratched. Let animals find their own food—human foods may be harmful.
- Avoid the use of soaps and detergents near water, as the health of frogs and other aquatic life can be seriously affected. Sand is a wonderful scourer.
See the general guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks
Wooroonooran National Park forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It is managed for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Palmerston
- Temporary road closure: Misty Mountains, Palmerston section, Wooroonooran National Park 11 May to 23 August 2021