"'Land of the clouds'" Eungella National Park by lou31

Eungella National Park Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 36 photos

Not just any old rainforest!

Eungella ( pronounced young - guluh ) is Aboriginal for 'Land of the clouds' and is situated 60 kilometres west of Mackay. The drive there takes you through the farming districts of the Pioneer Valley which is dotted with small townships and communities.

Not only is Eungella the longest stretch of sub tropical rainforest in Australia it is also the oldest. Covering an area of some 51,700 square kilometres it boasts an abundance of wildlife and flora. Its bird population alone numbers 225 species, including the Crimson Rosella, Wompoo Pigeon, Regent Bower bird and the very rare Eungella Honey Eater.

At Broken River you will have the chance to see a platypus. It is one of the few places in Australia where you can see these unique creatures in their natural environment.

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Trails and more trails

Eungella is noted for its many walking trails which meander through lush and dense forests. These trails are no more than tracks and offer a rare chance to really get amongst nature at its best.

The walking trails form circuits which are all named and signposted. An example is Granite Bend Circuit...2.1km (approx. 2 hours)
It starts and ends at the Broken River Picnic Area. Part of the walking trail is the popular Rainforest Discovery Walk.

One trail 'Sky Window' offers 100 metres of track which is specially designed for wheelchairs.

A real 'Getaway experience'

The township of Eungella itself is quite small, and by small I mean small! That is what makes this place so special and unique. It is the quintessential rainforest retreat.

There is a scattering of houses, gift shops, camping areas and cafes but no huge hotels or resort complexes which really would spoil this quiet community.

There is an untouched, almost timeless atmosphere to this lovely place and anyone who appreciates nature and wildlife will not be disapointed.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Natural beauty. Stunning views and you just gotta see those platypus!!
  • Cons:Can be wet and misty at times.
  • In a nutshell:Australia's best kept secret!
  • Last visit to Eungella National Park: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated May 28, 2007
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 5:01 AM

    Hey Lou, the Rainforest Lodge looks good! I think this could be a goer!! xx

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2007 at 5:55 AM

    Awesome views from the Sky Window. I had not heard of Eungella NP before, but it's the kind of place we would love to camp.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2007 at 2:23 AM

    Wow, it's around 35 years ago when I visited this place, must go back. Thanks for reviving the memory.

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