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Currawinya National Park
Queensland
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Nearest town or city Hungerford
Established 1991
Area 1,513 km2 (584.2 sq mi)
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Website Currawinya National Park
Footnotes
Official name: Currawinya Lakes
Designated: 11 March 1996
Reference #: 791
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Currawinya is a national park near Hungerford in South West Queensland, Australia, 828 km west of Brisbane. Part of the mulga lands bioregion this is an area of dry sandy plain with small trees and shrubs. The Paroo River passes through the park.

History

The park contains many Indigenous Australians' sites of cultural significance, which indicate a long period of Aboriginal occupation and use of the wetlands within the park. The park was previously pastoral land. In 1991, the Government of Queensland purchased two properties, Currawinya and Caiwarro Homestead. Remains of the homestead, machinery and a levee bank still exist today. In 2015, the size of the park doubled after the state government acquired three adjoining properties.

Mulga Parrot Currawinya
Male and female Mulga Parrots

Environment

Lakes Numalla and Wyara within the park are listed as Ramsar wetland sites of international importance. Lake Numalla is freshwater while Lake Wyara is saline. These provide significant waterbird habitats at times of drought and for migrating waders which travel across inland Australia. 200 bird species have been recorded in the park. Most of the park lies within the Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance, when conditions are suitable, for large numbers of waterbirds.

A total of 14 threatened species have been identified within the park.

Bilby enclosure

A feature of the park is a 25 square km bilby enclosure surrounded by a predator-exclusion fence. The electrified enclosure was opened in 2001. Captive bred and rehabilitated bilbies once thrived within the safety of the enclosure. The fence was damaged by flooding in late 2011 and early 2012. The broken fence allowed feral cats into the area. The cats have proven difficult to cull and there is a hold on placing newly reared bilbies into the enclosure until feral cats are below detectable levels there.

Facilities

Fishing, canoeing and swimming are popular recreational activities in the park.

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