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Auburn River National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
The Auburn River National Park is located about 410 km north-west of Brisbane and 255 km west of Maryborough. The Auburn River flows through the 389 ha national park, that includes open eucalypt forest, dry scrub, rainforest and distinct, light pink  coarse-grained granite boulders, that over time has been eroded into scenic rock pools and cataracts.

There is a rough trail that leads to a lookout above the Auburn River, not far from the picnic/camping area. Another track leads through the dry scrub, eucalypt forest and creek vegetation.
 

Geology
The distinct, light pink, coarse-grained granite boulders that frame the picturesque Auburn River are links to an earlier time in the Earth’s history. About 250 million years ago, molten magma was generated from pulses of heat in the Earth’s crust. The molten rock remained at great depths and gradually cooled beneath the Earth’s surface. Overlying sediments were gradually eroded by water in streams. This slowly reduced the weight of rock above the granodiorite, a type of granite, allowing the granodiorite to expand upwards and crack along fractures. Continual weathering by water along the fractures decomposed the granodiorite and formed the gorge of Auburn River.

The weathering action of fast-flowing water has created so called ‘dinosaur eggs’. These large, round to egg-shaped chunks of granite (granodiorite) weigh about one ton each. They were formed after being trapped beneath the water and swirled by the force of the river in a confined space. Slowly but surely, the erosion continues today, as the river continues to sculpt the surrounding landscape.

Flora
Calistemons, leptospermums and stunted figs are found along the river. Bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris) are quiet common. The rainforest species occur in some area on the northern river bank. The open eucalypt forest includes the common silver-leaved iron bark (Eucalyptus melanophloia) and the forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis).

Facilities include

  • Shelter Shed with table and seats
  • Rainwater tank (boil to drink)
  • Gas BBQ
  • Dedicated camping site suitable for caravans
  • Bush camping sites
  • Toilet
  • Information shelter
  • Walking tracks to lookout and rough track to the river and other track to the falls under construction, schedule for completion in 2007.
  • CDMA mobile coverage

Source: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service - Auburn River National Park

Check out our listing of Auburn River accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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