Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka)
National Park

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 cityCooktown
Coordinates15°40′05″S 145°13′55″E / 15°40′05″S 145°13′55″E / -15.66806; 145.23194
Established1980 (Register of the National Estate)
Area7.81 km2 (3.0 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteBlack Mountain (Kalkajaka)
National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

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


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.[4] The Mulligan Highway marks the western border of the park.