National Parks


QLD Townsville - Bowling Green Bay National Park

Part of the site of the former township of Dalrymple is in historic Dalrymple National Park. Built in 1864 on the western bank of the Burdekin, Queensland’s largest river, Dalrymple was the first inland settlement surveyed in northern Australia. During the gold rush days in 1869, Dalrymple was a thriving town. Following destruction by floods, the settlement was reduced to ruins by 1901.

The park has a fascinating geological history with basalt flows and fossilised limestone. Mt Keelbottom rises 130m above the surrounding plain.

Open woodland with Moreton Bay ash and blue gum covers most of the park, providing a refuge for wildlife.

Dalrymple National Park is part of the traditional lands of the Kudjala people.


Dalrymple is half an hour’s drive or 46km north of Charters Towers.

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)