Lake Nuga Nuga is the largest natural water body within the Central Queensland sandstone belt and is located on the Brown river in the Arcadia Valley. It is known to the Ben Burrus Burrum Aborigines as Wargan Wargan. This lake was said to have been created in the Dreaming by a pair of Mundagarri (Rainbow Serpents) to ‘keep their skin wet’.
The lake was originally formed some 140 years ago by the silting up of the Brown River. The volume of the lake continues to increase as the silting process continues.
During autumn every year the Nuga Nuga water lillies flower and provide a spectacular display. The park is a bird watchers paradise; it provides as a valuable habitat for waterbirds amongst the otherwise arid landscape of sandstone cliff faces and dry rainforest scrub.
One of the best views of the lake can be seen at the south-western end of the park, Mt Warinilla. Avid bird watchers will find pelicans, swans and numerous water bird species. There are many sheltered spots to camp on the banks of the lake amid large Belah trees. The park is unattended and there are no facilities but if you don’t mind “roughing it”, the discomfort of camping is well worth it for the scenery.
The tourist drive from Injune to Nuga Nuga National Park is through the Lonesome National Park and the Arcadia Valley. Parts of the road are unsealed gravel, but conventional vehicles can reach the park in good weather. Check road conditions with the Injune Visitor Information Centre before you set out.
Suitable Vehicle Type: 2WD
Access Via: Arcadia Valley Road
Distance From Injune: 128 kilometres
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Injune Visitor Information Centre
32 Hutton Street, Injune, 4454
PO Box 129, Injune, 4454
T: 07 4626 0503
F: 07 4626 0591