Mount Scoria Conservation Park in Queensland’s brigalow belt features open woodlands with an open semi-evergreen vine thicket on rocky slopes and around the base of the mountain.
Rising 150 m above the cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking local landmark protected in Mount Scoria Conservation Park. Formed by volcanic activity 20-26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features large vertical and semi-vertical pillars or columns, blunt at the top as if they’d been cropped.
Still standing tall after 25 million years, Mount Scoria’s exceptional staying power is due to the hard volcanic rock at its core, exposed only after the softer surface had weathered away. The dramatic, columns are the result of the cooling process. The six-sided columns cooled slowly and evenly, while the five, seven, or eight-sided columns cooled much faster and erratically.
Have a bush picnic, go birdwatching or simply enjoy the park’s wildlife. Then head off to explore the mountain from its base. A walking track with information signs at the mountain’s base offers great views of the mountain and gives insight into Mount Scoria’s significance to the Gangulu people. There are no walking tracks to the peak and climbing the mountain is discouraged.
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