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Auburn River National Park

Auburn River National Park

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Auburn River National Park: Embracing Nature's Splendor in the North Burnett Region, Queensland

Situated in the picturesque North Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia, Auburn River National Park stands as a testament to the region's natural beauty. Nestled in the northeastern expanse of Hawkwood and reaching into southern Dykehead, this protected area is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape.

Geography

Located approximately 277 km northwest of Brisbane, Auburn River National Park is gracefully positioned along the Auburn River, a notable tributary of the Burnett River. Its geographical coordinates place it southwest of Mundubbera, contributing to the park's accessibility and appeal to visitors from various regions.

Established in 1964, the park spans a diverse landscape, characterized by a steep river gorge and lush hardwood forests. This rich terrain is not only a visual spectacle but also holds remnants of a brief yet intriguing gold rush from the late 19th century. Auburn River National Park's unique geological features and historical artifacts make it a fascinating destination for those eager to explore the intersection of nature and human history.

Biodiversity

The park boasts a vibrant ecosystem that supports a myriad of wildlife. Numerous species of birds, reptiles, and mammals find refuge in the diverse habitats along the riverbank. Among them is the vulnerable brush-tailed rock-wallaby, adding a touch of rarity and significance to the park's biodiversity.

Camping and Accommodation

For those captivated by the allure of Auburn River National Park, camping options provide an immersive experience. Camping is permitted on the northern banks of the river, where a designated campground offers basic facilities, allowing visitors to connect with nature without compromising comfort. Additionally, bush camping is an option for those seeking a more secluded and authentic outdoor experience.

Access and Routes

The park's accessibility is facilitated through Mundubbera-Durong Road, ensuring a convenient journey for travelers. Once within the park, a network of walking tracks beckons explorers to delve deeper into its wonders.

Walking Tracks

  1. Gorge Lookout Walk (Class 3)

    • Distance: 600m return
    • Time: Allow 15 minutes
    • Description: This relatively short walk takes you to a mesmerizing gorge lookout, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  2. Riverbed and Rockpools Trail (Class 4)

    • Distance: 1.5 km return
    • Time: Allow 1 hour
    • Description: Immerse yourself in nature as you traverse this trail, discovering the beauty of riverbeds and natural rockpools along the way.
  3. Gorge-top Walk (Class 3)

    • Distance: 3.2 km
    • Time: Allow 1.5 hours
    • Description: Embark on a longer journey to explore the gorge-top, experiencing the diverse flora and fauna that call this region home.

Auburn River National Park beckons with its natural splendor, beckoning all who venture here to uncover the hidden treasures within its boundaries. Whether camping under the stars or traversing its scenic trails, this park promises an unforgettable encounter with the untamed beauty of the Australian wilderness.

 

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