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Outback - Currawinya National Park
Currawinya’s large lakes, rivers and muddy waterholes contrast strikingly with stark red sandy plains, claypans and rocky ranges in semi-arid south-western Queensland. Saline, clear, Lake Wyara, freshwater Lake Numulla, other lakes and seasonal waterholes along the Paroo River form a major wetland of international significance, providing refuge for thousands of birds.
More than 200 bird species live in the park. Following good rain, thousands of black swans, coots, ducks and grebes flock to Lake Wyara. Lake Numulla is a refuge for pink-eared, hardhead, black and wood ducks and the rare freckled duck, and is a safe breeding ground for many other birds.
Evidence of thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation, and more recent relics of pastoral activities dating from the 1860s, are scattered across the park.
Mulga woodlands are most common but many other shrub and tree species grow in the park, including turpentine, hopbush, poplar box, gidgee, black bluebush and belah.
Currawinya lies on the Queensland/New South Wales border, next to the township of Hungerford, 217km north-west of Bourke. The park is 170km south-west of Cunnamulla.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
13 QGOV (13 74 68)