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About Minerva Hills

Getting there and getting around

Minerva Hills National Park is located outside of Springsure. Travel 4km west of Springsure on Tambo Road then turn right into Dendle Drive. Follow this short scenic drive north for 3km to the park boundary. This unsealed road provides conventional access in dry weather but is unsuitable for caravans.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Minerva Hills National Park.

Park features

Virgin Rock on Mount Zamia. Photo: Queensland Government.

Virgin Rock on Mount Zamia. Photo: Queensland Government.

Spectacular jagged peaks provide a scenic backdrop to this Central Queensland national park. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, Mount Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mount Zamia dominate the landscape today.

Visit the iconic Virgin Rock situated on Mount Zamia. Its name is derived from the figure appearing in the town-facing side of the rock that looks like the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus. See if you can spot these figures at night time when Virgin Rock is floodlit for all to see.

In the grassy open woodlands mountain coolibahs, silver-leaved ironbarks and gum-topped bloodwoods tower over macrozamias and grasstrees. Dry rainforest featuring figs, stinging trees, pittosporums and vines flourishes in sheltered gorges and at the base of the sheer cliffs.

Spinifex grasslands dotted with wattles grow on the mountain summits. The park also supports spotted gum forests and low-lying heath.

Stone scatters and rock art are historical evidence of the Kariai people who lived in the surrounding area, which included the site of Springsure, at the time Europeans settled the area.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Minerva Hills National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the nearby township of Springsure. For more information, see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

View from Fred's Gorge lookout. Photo: John Augusteyn, Queensland Government.

View from Fred's Gorge lookout. Photo: John Augusteyn, Queensland Government.

Walking

When walking, wear insect repellent, a hat and sunscreen, and carry drinking water.

Skyline Lookout—1.6km return (40–55 minutes) Grade: Easy
From the car park a fairly level track leads to two viewing platforms that look south to Virgin Rock on Mount Zamia and the Springsure township, and north to the rich farming country beyond Eclipse Gap.

Picnic and day-use areas

Enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding countryside from lookouts in Minerva Hills National Park.

Fred’s Gorge Lookout
Follow Dendle Drive up Mount Zamia to Fred’s Gorge day-use area. Have a bush picnic with a view from the top of the mountain. This site offers shelter sheds, toilets and drinking water.

Eclipse Gap Lookout
At the end of Dendle Drive, a short walk from the Eclipse Gap car park leads to a look out. This takes in Dillies Knob, a remnant basalt column from the region’s volcanic past, and vast tracts of farming lands.

Springsure Lookout
Take the first right off Dendle Drive down a dirt track to reach Springsure Lookout, just a short stroll from the car park. Enjoy the scenery of the south-eastern section of Springsure township. This track is recommended for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Norwood Creek Picnic Area
Pack a picnic and drive to Norwood Creek Picnic Area, take the first left off Dendle Drive, and see if you can spy the elusive koalas. This track is recommended for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Viewing wildlife

Minerva Hills is home to many unusual species of wildlife including eastern pebble-mound mice and fawn-footed melomys. Go wildlife watching during the day with your camera and binoculars to see grazing kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. You may even spot a koala. Go spotlighting at night to see sugar gliders and greater gliders.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Sufficient food and water.
  • First-aid kit—and know how to use it.
  • Sturdy footwear.
  • Sun protection—wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen, even on overcast days, to avoid sunburn.
  • Secure containers to store food and rubbish—bins are not provided. Please ensure food and rubbish is inaccessible to wildlife.
  • Firewood—bring only clean milled timber for use as firewood. Fires are allowed in designated areas but collecting firewood is not permitted.

Opening hours

Minerva Hills National Park is open all year round; however, extreme weather conditions may cause temporary closures. Check park alerts or contact us for further information.

Permits and fees

Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Queensland’s parks and forests. Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Minerva Hills National Park.

Climate and weather

Temperatures in this region vary widely. Summer days can exceed 35°C. In winter, heavy frosts can be expected as temperatures sometimes fall below freezing. Rain mostly falls between December and March; storms can occur during this period.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Springsure. For more information, see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety—even on a short stroll.

  • Walk with care and beware of loose rocks, which can be extremely slippery.
  • Never walk alone. Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Keep to marked tracks. Stay behind safety barriers and make sure children do not run ahead.
  • Carry extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • When driving be aware of other vehicles, especially on blind corners. Drive slowly to avoid locking your brakes and losing control.
  • Carry a mobile phone and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (try dialling 112 if this fails). Coverage is average.
  • Avoid bites, stings and scratches. Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from stings, scratches and insect bites.

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

Looking after the park

Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Please help keep these places special during your stay.

  • Leave everything as you find it. Walk softly and remember that plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected in national parks.
  • Keep wildlife wild—never feed native animals. Our food scraps affect their health and cause them to harass visitors and other animals.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated fireplaces. Bring your own clean, milled timber for use as firewood—bush wood brought into protected areas can introduce weeds and pests. Collecting wood in the park is prohibited.
  • Leave no rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
  • Respect Indigenous culture. Indigenous sites represent thousands of years of living culture. They are easily damaged and irreplaceable. Look, but do not touch.
  • Take care not to bring weed seeds into the park on shoes or tyres.

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

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Minerva Hills National Park for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.

The national park will be managed in accordance with the Minerva Hills National Park Management Plan (PDF, 691K).

Tourism information links

Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre

www.capricornholidays.com.au
Clermont St, Emerald
ph (07) 4982 4142
fax (07) 4982 1211
email

The Spire Visitor Information Centre
www.capricornholidays.com.au
Gladstone Rd, Rockhampton
ph (07) 4927 2055 or 1800 676 701
fax (07) 4922 2605
email

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

Further information

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Last updated
27 October 2017