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About Mount Jim Crow

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Getting there and getting around

Mount Jim Crow National Park is 29 km north-east of Rockhampton, about halfway along the Rockhampton – Yeppoon Road. Mount Jim Crow and its carpark are easily visible as you travel east along Yeppoon Road.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in the national park.

Park features

The park protects the impressive Mount Jim Crow, a prominent feature towering over the landscape and obvious to commuters and travellers who pass by on the road below.

The mountain itself is a 221 m high trachyte plug - an internal remnant of a long extinct volcano. It was formed over 70 million years ago when basaltic lava solidified under a volcano. Over time, erosion has worn away the volcano's upper parts, leaving behind the resistant trachyte as a rugged peak. Mount Jim Crow is part of a group of about 12 volcanic plugs in the area, known collectively as the Mount Hedlow trachyte. These plugs are unique as they are the only trachyte plugs in Australia to support hoop pine communities.

The 144 ha park's south-west boundary adjoins Hedlow Creek which has several permanent lagoons covered with waterlillies. These lagoons provide the best opportunity to see much of the park's wildlife. At dusk noisy friarbirds, striated pardalotes, squawking rainbow lorikeets and Lewin's honeyeaters can be seen drinking.

Mount Jim Crow National Park has a unique history of human use and exploitation. The park was once used for stone quarrying and was also a storage area for United States Army supplies during World War II.

The mountain holds particular significance to the Darumbal Aboriginal people—a Dreaming legend tells the story of its creation by the rainbow serpent:

In the Dreamtime long ago, a boy and a girl from the tribe fell in love and wanted to marry. The old people were distraught as it was against the tribal code to marry someone from the same totem. The couple took no notice, running away to hide in the flat scrub of what is now Mount Jim Crow. The rainbow serpent, or Moomdagytta, sitting up on Mount Wheeler (to the south-east) saw the dilemma and decided to intervene. He spun himself around between the girl and boy with such force, bringing up trees and dirt until a mountain appeared separating the couple. His powers frightened the couple and from then on they abided by the tribal code.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Mount Jim Crow National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Rockhampton and Yeppoon. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Picnic and day-use areas

Please be aware that Mount Jim Crow National Park is largely undeveloped and facilities are not provided.

Walking

There are no signed or formed walking tracks. Scrambling up the mountain's rocky scree slopes and cliffs is dangerous and not recommended.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Enjoy your visit by remembering to bring:

  • a first-aid kit
  • insect repellent
  • sun protection
  • plenty of drinking water.

Opening hours

Mount Jim Crow National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year round.

Permits and fees

In most cases, permits or fees are not required to visit Mount Jim Crow National Park. However, commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken in the national park. Organised event permits are also required for organised group activities that may interfere with the general public use of the area. For permits contact us.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted within the national park.

Climate and weather

Mount Jim Crow National Park has a mild subtropical climate but summer days can be very hot and humid. It is best to visit during the cooler months of the year, from April to September. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at the nearby townships of Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Staying safe

To enjoy a safe visit to this area, please:

  • Wear suitable clothing and carry plenty of water.
  • Notify someone of your plans and advise them of your safe return.
  • Be prepared to encounter wildlife. Snakes, spiders and stinging insects are common so know how to respond.
  • Do not rely on mobile phones. Coverage is limited in this area.
  • Be aware of the weather and plan for it.
  • Heed safety advice. Signs warn of potential dangers and are there for your safety.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.

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

Looking after the park

Help protect Mount Jim Crow National Park for generations to come by observing the following guidelines.

  • Leave pets at home. They disturb native wildlife and may become lost or injured. Pets are not permitted in national parks.
  • Take your rubbish with you. Rubbish bins are not provided. Litter is unsightly and can harm wildlife.
  • Let animals find their own food. Feeding animals encourages them to be aggressive towards people.
  • Leave mountain bikes, trail bikes and all-terrain vehicles outside the park as they are not permitted. They erode tracks, damage vegetation and put other visitors at risk.
  • Avoid damaging plants or disturbing wildlife.
  • Remember, all things, living and dead, are protected in the national park.
  • Respect Indigenous culture. Indigenous sites represent thousands of years of living culture of special significance to Indigenous people. These sites are easily damaged yet irreplaceable. Look at, enjoy, but do not touch them.
  • Please be considerate. People visit parks and forests to enjoy nature, not noisy radios or people.

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

Park management

Mount Jim Crow National Park became a national park in 1977. The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing is responsible for managing the park and a draft management plan has been prepared.

Tourism information links

Capricorn Spire Information Centre

www.capricornholidays.com.au

Tropic of Capricorn Spire, Gladstone Road, Rockhampton QLD 4700

ph (07) 4927 2055 or 1800 676 701

fax (07) 4922 2605

email infocentre@capricorntourism.com.au

Capricorn Coast Information Centre

www.capricornholidays.com.au

Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Highway, Yeppoon

PO Box 166, Yeppoon QLD

ph (07) 4939 4888 or 1800 675 785

email yeppoon@capricorntourism.com.au

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

Further information

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Last updated
9 June 2011