Blackbraes National Park and Resource Reserve, along with two other adjacent resource reserves Moonstone Hill and Kennedy Road Gravel, covers about 52000 ha. These parks and reserves also cover two bioregions, the Einasleigh Uplands and Gulf Plains. Rising and falling hills and ranges surround the basalt outcrops, black soil plains and seasonal swamps. The park is approx 850m above sea level so a wetter and generally cooler climate occurs in the area.
Blackbraes National Park is accessed via two possible routes. From Townsville follow the Flinders Highway 380km west to Hughenden. At Hughenden, turn on to the Kennedy Developmental Road and travel north for 170km.
Alternatively Access to the Lynd Junction is from Townsville (via Herveys Range), Charters Towers or Mount Garnet. From Townsville, follow Herveys Range Developmental Road for 109km through Herveys Range. Turn right onto the Gregory Developmental Road and travel 163km to the Lynd Junction. From Charters Towers, follow the Gregory Developmental Road north-west for 262km to the Lynd Junction. From Mount Garnet, travel 162km south on the Kennedy Highway to the Lynd Junction. The park is a further 95km south on the Kennedy Highway.
To access the camping area, follow the park road for 4.5km past the ranger base and turn right at the fork. Travel a further 14km and turn right at the windmill. The camping area is another 2km along this road.
The Kennedy Developmental Road is partially unsealed and may be temporarily closed or inaccessible after heavy rain. When dry, this road can be used by conventional vehicles with care. However, travelers should expect to encounter bulldust, corrugations, exposed rocks, creek crossings, other vehicles, native wildlife, cattle and road trains. Access to the park is recommended for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
Adjacent to Blackbraes National Park are three resources reserves: Blackbraes, Moonstone Hill and Kennedy Road Gravel resources reserves. The park and the three reserves together cover about 52,000ha, and straddle two bioregions: the Einasleigh Uplands and the Gulf Plains. Undulating hills and ranges surround basalt outcrops, black soil plains and seasonal swamps. The elevation of the park is 900m, providing a wetter and generally cooler climate compared with the surrounding country.
In basalt country, ironbark woodlands with native grasses dominate the landscape, providing food and shelter for many native animals. Grey kangaroos are common and birdlife is abundant.
Moonstone Hill Regional Park, a volcanic crater, is popular for fossicking gem-quality feldspar called “moonstone”. Moonstone emits a silvery-white to blue colour when turned in certain directions. Fossicking in the reserve requires a licence from the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy. For details and fossicking licenses contact the Flinders Discovery Centre or Department of Mines and Energy.
The park is particularly diverse in birds, with over 150 species of birds recorded.