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About Eubenangee Swamp

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Getting there and getting around

Drive south from Cairns on the Bruce Highway to Mirriwinni (67km) and turn left into Bramston Beach Road. After 1km turn right into Cartwright Road and continue for a further 8km to the park entrance. These roads are all sealed and accessible by conventional vehicles.

Wheelchair accessibility

The track is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

Park features

Situated in the lowlands east of the Bellenden Ker Range (the wettest part of Australia), much of this park is flooded during the wet season. A short gravel and grass walking track takes visitors through rainforest and to the top of a grassy hill. Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker, Queensland’s two highest peaks, are in view as well as the swamp and its many waterbirds.

Eubenangee Swamp is of international significance—it is reputed to be the last remaining association of specific ecological communities (vine forest, grassland, sedge and paperbark swamp forest) occurring on nutrient-rich basaltic alluvium.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Eubenangee Swamp National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Bramston Beach, Innisfail and Cairns. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Walking

A circuit track explores the forest and provides views of the swamp.

Swamp walk—1.5km return (30 minutes) Grade: Easy

The track follows the Alice River through rainforest before heading to the top of a grassy hill with views of the swamp. It then continues down the side of the hill and loops along the edge of the trees back to the forest track.

Viewing wildlife

The different vegetation types in the park attract a variety of birds. Resident and migratory waterbirds frequent the swamp areas while rainforest, woodland and grassland birds can be found in the remaining areas of the park. Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the Alice River and other wetland areas. Stay well away from the water’s edge and always be croc wise in croc country.

See the description of the park’s natural environment for more details about Eubenangee Swamp’s wildlife.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • insect repellent
  • binoculars
  • drinking water
  • hat and sunscreen.

Opening hours

Eubenangee Swamp National Park is open 24 hours a day. The park may be closed periodically as a result of flooding during wet weather.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed in Eubenangee Swamp National Park.

Climate and weather

This area has a high annual rainfall, most of which falls during the wet season (from December to April). These summer months are characterised by high temperatures (maximums generally above 30°C) and very high humidity, relieved only by intense downpours of rain. The winter months are very pleasant with lower humidity and temperatures (a daily range of 16 to 26°C) and frequent clear, sunny days.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mirriwinni and Bramston Beach.

Staying safe

  • Potentially dangerous estuarine crocodiles inhabit the Alice River and swamps within Eubenangee Swamp National Park. Stay well away from the water’s edge and always be croc wise in croc country.
  • Avoid bites from sand flies and mosquitoes by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay on the track and take care on uneven surfaces, especially in wet conditions.
  • Take adequate water and protect yourself from the sun.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Leave your pets at home. Domestic animals are not allowed in national parks.
  • Do not feed wildlife including birds and fish—it is harmful to their health.
  • Please take rubbish with you when you leave. No rubbish bins are provided within the park.
  • Remember, this is a national park—everything is protected.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Eubenangee Swamp was gazetted in 1968 as an environmental park and was upgraded to a national park in 1977. It is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, with the purpose of protecting the natural and cultural values of the area while allowing the public to continue to enjoy recreational activities.

Since its gazettal, QPWS has expanded the park and is working to restore the landscape to its natural state. See the description of the park’s history for more information.

A management plan for Eubenangee Swamp National Park will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

Innisfail Information Centre
www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/innisfail
ANZAC Park, Bruce Highway, Innisfail QLD 4860
ph: 0428 228 962
email:

Babinda Information Centre
www.babindainfocentre.com.au
Corner Bruce Highway and Munro Street, Babinda QLD 4861
ph (07) 4067 1008
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
29 August 2018