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Known locally as Traprock country due to the high concentration of traprock in the park. Traprock is a very hard sedimentary rock created by deposits of marine life. This type of rock has weathered into unusual shapes forming steep gorges and high peaks along the Severn River.

The Sundown National Park covers over 16,000 ha and is home to a huge variety of native birds and animals including the Wallaroos. Rare and now listed as vulnerable, Ooline trees can be found here as are a huge variety of native orchids such as Greenwood, Spotted Hyacinth, Donkey, Waxlip, and Cymbidium all flowering during the spring. The peaks in the park reach over 1000m high and the rest of the park is also relatively high between 600 and 800m above sea level.

The park has had a varied history being once part of three stations and extensively cleared for cattle grazing and wool production, remnants of this activity can still be found. This business proved uneconomical so mining was explored, mainly tin and copper mining the deposits were of low grade and failed to make money. Diggings can still be found in different parts of the park. The old mining treatment plant is closed to the public, it is contaminated with arsenic.

Camping is permitted in the park, some walking tracks are available. Please apply for camping permits before entering the park.

Source: QLD Parks and Wildlife Service - Sundown National Park

Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. 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.

Information Centre Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service - Sundown National Park
Ranger in Charge
via Glenlyon Dam Road
MS 312 via STANTHORPE QLD 4380
Ph: 02 6737 5235
Web: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/sundown/index.html
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