Deepwater National Park


Deepwater National Park
Deepwater National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Track into Deepwater National Park from the north.
Coordinates 24°15′40″S 151°53′31″E / 24.26111°S 151.89194°E / -24.26111; 151.89194Coordinates: 24°15′40″S 151°53′31″E / 24.26111°S 151.89194°E / -24.26111; 151.89194
Area 43.90 km2 (16.95 sq mi)
Established 1988
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Official site Deepwater National Park

Deepwater is a coastal national park in Queensland, Australia, 375 km north of Brisbane. It protects an area of sand dunes and coastal heaths in the Deepwater Creek catchment. The area is one of the few remaining pristine freshwater catchments on Queensland's east coast.[1] Deepwater National Park was established in 1988 and covers 4,090 ha.[2]

The north of the park is dominated by a 70 m high sand dune which is covered in vegetation. There are some scattered rocky outcrops of volcanic origin including a number of rocky headlands along the park's 9 km of beach frontage.[1]

Contents

Flora and fauna

Vegetation in the park is varies between the seaward and landward side of the high dune. To the east are typical beach plants, on the exposed higher areas the plants appear wind-sheared and to the west in more protected area taller vegetation has formed up to three canopy levels of forest and woodlands.[1]

Beaches in the part are used for nesting by Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles.[1] Flatback and green turtles also nest on the park's beaches.[2] This location is the only mainland site where Leatherbacks repeatedly return to lay eggs.[1]

Rose-crowned Fruit Doves, Fairy Gerygones and Grey Fantails are commonly found in the canopies to the west.[1] Along the beaches Pied Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwits, Tatlers and Crested Terns are often seen.[1] Emus and brahminy kites can also be found in the park.

Queensland's largest cockroach Macro-panesthia sp. is found in the park.

Facilities

Camping facilities, pit toilets and picnic tables are located at Wreck Rock, 5.5 km north of the park's southern boundary. A second camp site is located further north at Middle Rock, however there are no facilities here. Picnic facilities for day visitors is provided at Flat Rock.[1]

No domestic animals or open fires are permitted in the park.[1]

Access

The park is accessible from the south through Wartburg. Conventional vehicle access possible in the dry season only. Alternative access is possible from the north through Agnes Water. A 4WD vehicle is recommended for this route due to sandy conditions and the slope.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Shilton, Peter (2005). Natural Areas of Queensland. Mount Gravatt, Queensland: Goldpress. pp. 120–123. ISBN 0-9758275-0-2. 
  2. ^ a b "Deepwater National Park: Nature, culture and history". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 26 October 2010. http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/deepwater/culture.html. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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