Gympie's new National Park

A UNIQUE “hidden treasure” is one of two new national parks for the Gympie area. The new parks were announced by the state government to mark World Environment Day 2009 and are considered valuable additions to Queensland's national park estate, which covers 22,000 hectares.

Climate change and sustainability minister Kate Jones said Wrattens National Park and Oakview National Park, both former forest reserves, were important refuges for threatened animals and plants, including a threatened species of bird - the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail - the cascade tree frog, as well as giant ironwood trees.

“The new Wrattens National Park, about 40km south-west of Gympie, covers 20,869 hectares and is one of south-east Queensland's hidden treasures,” Ms Jones said.

The national bicentennial trail goes through Wrattens National Park, and horse riding will be allowed to continue on that trail subject to a permit from the department of environment and resource management.

Also nearby is the new 1000ha Oakview National Park, about 40km south-west of Gympie.

Wrattens and Oakview are among the conversion of 74,400 hectares of south-east Queensland forest to national parks and conservation parks this week.

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