Eungella National Park and Wildlife
Eungella National Park is Australia’s lengthiest and earliest area of
tropical and subtropical rainforest. Over time, the rainforest has
grown and has become home to an over 250 types of birds which consists
of one of only five new bird species discovered in Australia in the
previous 50 years, the Eungella Honeyeater.
Much of the park is dissected by gorges, making it separated and
unattainable, however parts are open to the general public with
strolling trails and rest areas. You can visit open eucalypt forest, in
the rocky north western part of the park; you can likewise enjoy a bush
picnic under looming overload mahoganies and red gums, and see the
beautiful River She Oaks, which line the meandering Broken River – home
to the platypus.
An incredible variety of wildlife lives amongst the park’s
magnificent trees, its creeks, and amongst its fallen logs and leaves;
some species that live here are not found anywhere else in the world.
For thousands of years, Eungella’s jungle has actually been cut off by
areas of dry woodland, suggesting that the park’s species which like its
moist habitat have been incapable to leave, and have progressed into
the park’s own distinct neighborhood wildlife.
Eungella National Park is unique. You can see turtles, eels and
platypus at Broken River, or you can go bird watching looking for
red-browed finches, blue dealt with honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets.
On the trails you may hear rustling from the ground, or maybe you’ll see
a flash of green feathers; these are the noisy Pittas, searching though
the leaf litter for their next meal. Listen out for their call which
seems like ‘walk to work’, ‘walk to work’, a sound which carries easily
throughout the rainforest. The woodland likewise supplies shelter for
uncommon frogs. The deceptive Eungella Tinker Frogs are really rarely
seen, but you may hear their series of short harsh ‘tinks’ as they call
to one another throughout the rocky creek. Two other endangered species
of frog, the Eungella Day Frog and the Eungella gastric-brooding frog
also make the park their home. It’s not just the daytime when you can
see these unbelievable creatures, at night you can go spotlighting. This
is when you will have the change to see tawny frogmouths, sugar
gliders, greater gliders and Brushtail possums.
The average annual rainfall is in unwanted of 2,000 mm which mainly
falls in between the months of December and March. Despite being
tropical, snow has fallen at Eungella National Park twice in documented
history – 1964 and in 2000. It is quite common for the temperature
around Eungella National Park to drop below zero more than once a year.