Bladensburg National Park
|Bladensburg National Park|
Scrammy Gorge, 2011
|Nearest town or city||Winton|
|Area||849 km2 (327.8 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Bladensburg National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Queensland|
The park features grassland plains, river flats, sandstone ranges and flat-topped mesas. The main watercourse in the park is the often dry Surprise Creek. During floods the creek becomes a braided channel.
Bladensburg lies in the area of what was once Koa tribal territory and, on white settlement, was taken over to run a sheep station, and is now a protected area containing areas of high biodiversity. It is situated predominantly in the Goneaway Tablelands subregion of the Channel Country bioregion, but also contains some of the Mitchell Grass Downs bioregion. The original Bladensburg homestead, which was probably transported to the site some time in the 1910s, houses the park's visitor information centre today.
The 84,900 hectares of national park were declared in 1984.
The park contains dinosaur fossils as well as Aboriginal story places and ceremonial grounds. Skull Hole, a waterhole in the park was the site of an aboriginal massacre known as the Bladensburg Massacre.
- "Bladensburg National Park (entry 39380)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- Shilton, Peter (2005). Natural Areas of Queensland. Mount Gravatt, Queensland: Goldpress. pp. 288–290. ISBN 0-9758275-0-2.
- "Bladensburg National Park". Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2002). Heritage Trails of the Queensland Outback. State of Queensland. p. 75. ISBN 0-7345-1040-3.