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Rainforest, Eungella National Park. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Eungella National Park

Shhh, platypus!

Many visitors head to the mist-shrouded rainforested mountains of Eungella National Park with one thing in mind—the chance to see the unique and intriguing platypus in its natural environment. Enjoy the calm and stillness at Broken River around dusk as you wait with bated breath for a glimpse. The platypus is just one of the many kinds of wildlife for which this national park is famous. Extensive walking tracks allow you to explore both subtropical and tropical rainforest, and magnificently-rugged gorges. Enjoy a bush picnic under a red gum or huge swamp mahogany, or be surprised by the diverse wildlife during spotlighting at night. Look out for brushtail possums, gliders and tawny frogmouths and listen for the secretive Eungella tinkerfrogs, which are found only here.

Location and getting there

80km NW of Mackay. Access from Mackay is via Marian on the Mackay-Eungella Road.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Eungella’s must dos

  • Check out Finch Hatton Gorge for its walks and cool swimming holes
  • Watch for platypus at Broken River
  • Enjoy lush rainforest at Araluen Cascades lookout
  • Visit Sky Window lookout on the easy 250m (10mins) circuit walk.