Mount Etna Caves National Park - QLD

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Position

DEG: -23.158556 150.479477
DMS: 23º 09' 30.8" S 150º 28' 46.12" E
UTM: 56 K 7436695mN 241938mE
Altitude: 168.07m

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Address & Contact

Mt Etna Caves National Park
Queensland 4702
Phone: N/A
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Web: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/mount-etna-caves/about

Information

Limestone outcrops and dense, decorated caves are protected in Mount Etna Caves National Park. Mount Etna is the roosting site for more than 80 per cent of Australia's breeding population of little bent-wing bats. The park is also one of the few places in Australia supporting a colony of vulnerable ghost bats.

The Archer Brothers, who settled in the Rockhampton area in the 1850s, named Mount Etna after the volcano in Sicily. From 1914 to 1939, the caves were mined for guano, a natural fertiliser, and from 1925 for limestone. During World War II, commandos trained here. The national park was established in 1975 to protect the caves, and a subsequent campaign to save other caves included the protection of Mount Etna.

The area was once submerged by a shallow sea and has been alternately shaped by, and then starved of, water. Limestone from ancient coral reefs formed the rocky karst seen today. As Mount Etna's landscape has evolved, so too have people's attitudes. Once the focus of Australia's longest conservation dispute, Mount Etna Caves National Park now protects the mountain for future generations.

Camping is not permitted at Mount Etna Caves National Park.

A number of walks and ranger-guided tours available.
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Closest Weather Station

Rockhampton at 19/05:00pm EST
Distance from Mount Etna Caves National Park 24.09km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
23.3°C19.5°C20%-0.9°C1015.8hPa0.0mmNW9km/hr
5knots
11km/hr
6knots

Closest Climatic Station

Rockhampton Aero
Distance from Mount Etna Caves National Park 24.09km S
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C31.931.230.528.826.023.523.124.827.329.631.232.1
Mean Min. °C22.122.120.817.914.110.99.510.713.717.019.521.2
Mean Rain mm132.2143.2101.044.247.738.029.928.524.349.768.6107.8

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