Bladensburg National Park - QLD

 

Position

DEG: -22.649731 143.061737
DMS: 22º 38' 59.03" S 143º 03' 42.25" E
UTM: 54 K 7493786mN 711864mE
Altitude: 230.05m

Description

Place Type

Reserves - National Parks,Reserves

Location

746.97kms South of Daintree

Address & Contact

Bladensburg National Park
Queensland
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A

Information

Bladensburg National Park is 17 km south-west of Winton and one of nine parks around Longreach and part of the Diamantina catchment area. Access is south of Winton via the Winton-Jundah Road. See http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/bladensburg/about.html for more details, fact sheet and maps. Use of a high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended at all times as even a small amount of rain can make roads impassable.

There are several walks and scenic drives available. See the above parks website link for further details.

Bladensburg National Park conserves 84 900 hectares of Mitchell grass downs and channel country, including unique birdlife, plants and animals. Impressive flat-topped plateaus and residual sandstone ranges provide a spectacular scenic backdrop to vast grassland plains and river flats, with river red gums and rocky escarpments.
Pastoralists established a large station at Bladensburg—the homestead has been restored and is used as a ranger base. Camping is permitted at Bough Shed Hole camping area. A pit toilet is the only facility provided. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
Skull Hole is believed to be the site of a massacre of Aboriginal people in the late 1800s. See story below. (Sorry, unable to credit the right person with the story below, as I have no idea who placed it.)

"Following the murder of a teamster near 20 mile, an aboriginal fugitive retreated into the Bladensburg hills. A Sergeant Moran, then in charge of the Winton police station, tracked the murderers. On being attacked he dealt punitive measures to his assailants, climaxing in a final episode at what became known as Skull Hole, where the tribe was massacred by black troopers. During the wet season, skull hole is filled by a waterfall. Also in the area are wattle trees, caves, bats and strangely shaped rocks. Kangaroos are often seen in the gullies below Skull Hole."
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Winton Post Office
Distance from Bladensburg National Park 28.87km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C37.536.235.032.127.824.624.426.931.034.737.038.2
Mean Min. °C23.522.921.017.212.99.48.29.513.417.820.922.8
Mean Rain mm83.287.053.822.320.218.214.76.59.018.131.849.9

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