ERRK OYKAN­GAND NA­TIONAL PARK IS AR­GUABLY THE LEAST VIS­ITED PARK ON THE PENIN­SULA

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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.

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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.

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