ERRK OYKANGAND NATIONAL PARK IS ARGUABLY THE LEAST VISITED PARK ON THE PENINSULA
ERRK OYKANGAND NP
FORMERLY known as the Alicemitchell NP, it’s at the bottom of the Cape and arguably the least visited park on the Peninsula. It largely consists of open woodlands interspersed by vine thickets, swamps, billabongs, dry creeks and the boundaries of the Mitchell and Alice rivers. It’s very isolated and managed by the Kowanyama Land and Sea Rangers.
Call the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land & Natural Resource Management office on (07) 4060 5187 for details, camping and entry when planning a trip there. The park is accessed from Kowanyama, via Shelfo Crossing on the Mitchell River, and from the Dixie Station turnoff, 21km south of Musgrave Roadhouse on the PDR, via the Dunbar Station Junction.
WEST from the Hann River Roadhouse are two new national parks, Alwal and Olkola, as well as the Olkola Conservation Park. They are accessed from the Dixie and Fairview Roads and from Hann River Roadhouse. There is currently no access to these parks as grazing cattle continues, while the Government and the traditional owners struggle with an agreement under the CYPAL framework. It’s an attractive area being composed of low escarpments, undulating hills, seasonal wetlands and patches of monsoon vine thickets dominated by monsoon woodlands. The parks are home to the very rare golden-shouldered parrot and some threatened plants. So it’s worth keeping an eye on future developments.
Kicking up Starcke Track bulldust in Muundhi National Park.