The Landscape
 

Mount Spurgeon National Park is located on the Mount Carbine Tableland, entirely above 1,000m. The primary landscape features on the park are Mount Spurgeon 1,322m, Roots Mount 1,331m and Mount Misery 1,246m. The drainage features that originate on the park include Spurgeon Creek, Cow Creek and Reedy Creek—all of which join the McLeod River.

 

At around 900m altitude, forests harvest water directly from clouds, fog, mist and rain. They are believed to be of great importance to the maintenance of stream flows throughout the dry season. Cloud forests only cover a small area of the Wet Tropics but are of worldwide ecological importance. If the altitude of the cloud base rose in the Wet Tropics, this would result in a predicted loss of about 75% (70,000ha) of Queensland’s cloud forests.

 

The geology of the area consists almost entirely of coarse biotite granite. Up to the time of World Heritage listing, the area surrounding Mount Spurgeon had been mined for tin. This activity was confined to minor alluvial workings, mostly along Sandy Creek.Mount Spurgeon National Park conserves old mining relics including a significant mining race and tin-miner's hut.

 

Native plants and animals

 

Mount Spurgeon National Park is known to protect plant and animal species of conservation significance Bird species recorded in international agreements are listed in .

 

The near threatened Mount Spurgeon black pine Prumnopitys ladei, is advertised widely as nursery stock for hedging.

 

The only currently known population of the endangered little waterfall frog Litoria lorica is in Mount Lewis National Park, which is downstream of and in the immediate vicinity of Mount Spurgeon National Park.

 

   Accipiter novaehollandiae    grey goshawk           Near threatened

 

Bettongia tropica               northern bettong        Endangered

 

Cophixalus aenigma            tapping nurseryfrog   Near threatened

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Cyclopsitta diophthalma macleayana Macleay's fig-parrot Vulnerable

 

Dasyurus maculatus gracilis spotted-tailed quoll    Endangered

 

Hipposideros diadema reginae diadem leaf-nosed bat Near threatened

 

Kerivoula papuensis  golden-tipped bat   Near threatened

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Litoria nannotis           waterfall frog                Endangered

 

Litoria rheocola       common mistfrog           Endangered

 

Litoria serrata   tapping green eyed frog  Near threatened

 

Murina florium          tube-nosed insectivorous bat    Vulnerable

 

Nyctimystes dayi   Australian lacelid      Endangered

 

Petaurus australis        yellow-bellied glider             Vulnerable

 

Pseudochirulus cinereus  Daintree River ringtail possum Near threatened

 

Taudactylus acutirostris   sharp snouted dayfrog     Endangered

 

Taudactylus rheophilus     northern tinkerfrog   Endangered

 

Mt Spurgeon National Park

 

 

The Mount Spurgeon National Park is located within the delineation of Windsor Wilderness Area. It has been identified as a ‘premium wilderness area’ and the most outstanding and most important wilderness in the area. The area is of national and international significance.

 

Gazetted roads cross the park. Four-wheel-drive clubs, horse riders and trail bikers use these roads; and may seek to use Mount Spurgeon National Park. Potential exists for the establishment of long distance walks in the area, which include Mount Spurgeon National Park. Dieback Phytophthora cinnamomi, a fungal disease that thrives in wet soil and poses a significant threat to many plant species, is present on the park; and needs to be factored into any decisions made.

Reference:

Mount Spurgeon National Park Management Statement 2013 Dept. NPRSR Qld. Gov. 2013