Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)
National Park

Queensland
IUCN category II ( national park)
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View of one of the black mountains from Mulligan Highway
Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)National Park is located in Queensland
Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)National Park
Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)
National Park
Nearest town or city Cooktown
Coordinates 15°40′05″S 145°13′55″E / 15°40′05″S 145°13′55″E / -15.66806; 145.23194
Established 1980 (Register of the National Estate)
Area 7.81 km2 (3.0 sq mi)
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Website Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)
National Park
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park is a 781 hectare [1] protected area in Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. [2]

Geography

The park is 25 km south west of Cooktown. It is managed and protected as a national park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

The main feature of the park is the mass of granite boulders, some the size of houses. The absence of soil between the boulders and rocks create a maze of gaps and passages, which can be used to penetrate inside the mountain. [3] These rocks can become extremely hot.

The area has a bad reputation as numerous people and those searching for the missing have disappeared without trace giving Black Mountain the nickname ‘mountain of death’. [4] The Mulligan Highway marks the western border of the park.