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Edmund Kennedy National Park

Queensland, Australia

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Edmund Kennedy National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Edmund Kennedy the ill fated explorer who tried to find a way in 1848 through the swamps and rainforest in this part of Queensland spent 6 months trying to get to the tip of Cape York.

Kennedy and his gang suffered disease, fights with local aborigines, swamps, insects, heat, and mountain ranges, eventually Kennedy himself was killed not far from his goal by aborigines. Three members of the group survived to rendezvous with the ship the Ariel to tell the story.

The park named after Kennedy is located just 4km north of Cardwell and features a huge array of plant life. Extensive mangrove swamps, rainforest and eucalypt forest cover the majority of the park. The mangrove swamps feature just about every type of mangrove growing in Australia along with the rare Arenga Palm.

Some walking tracks are available however there are no visitor facilities within the park. Camping is not permitted. The area is home to many estuarine crocodiles, swimming is not suggested either as the waters here during the warmer months are home to the deadly box jellyfish.

Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Rainforest and Reef Centre
Bruce Highway
Ph: 07 4066 8601

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service

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