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Main Range National Park
Main Range is a mountain range and a national park in Queensland (Australia), 85 km southwest of Brisbane. It is part of the World Heritage site Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves. It protects the western part of a semi-circle of mountains in south-east Queensland known as the scenic rim. The park extends from Mount Mistake south to Wilson’s Peak on the New South Wales border and includes Mount Superbus, South East Queensland’s highest peak.
The park’s open forests, rainforests and montane heath provide habitat for many animals, including the eastern bristlebird, Coxen’s fig parrot and black-breasted button-quail, which are threatened with extinction. Spicers Gap is believed to be a traditional pathway for aboriginal people travelling between the inland and the coast. In 1828, Allan Cunningham 'officially' discovered the route through the mountains now called Cunningham's Gap, however it can be easily seen from Brisbane. Stockman Henry Alphen discovered Spicers Gap in 1847. The Spicer’s Gap Road, used to carry supplies to and from the Darling Downs, is the best remaining example of sophisticated 19th century engineering in Queensland.
Bare Rock, Mount Cordeaux, Cunningham's Gap, Mount Mitchell, Spicers Gap, Spicers Peak, Mount Huntley , Mount Asplenium , Mount Steamer, The Steamer Range, Lizard Point, Mount Roberts and Mount Superbus all lie within the Main Range National Park.
- Area: 184.00 km²
- Date of establishment: ?
- Managing authorities: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
- IUCN category: II
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