Sundown National Park

Sundown is a rugged wilderness area of spectacular sharp ridges and steep-sided gorges.

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Sundown is a rugged wilderness area of spectacular sharp ridges and steep-sided gorges.

The Severn River and its tributaries, woodland birds and remains of pastoral and mining heritage can be discovered via maintained walking tracks, challenging remote walks or the four-wheel-drive (4WD) track.

On the Queensland–New South Wales border, 250km south-west of Brisbane via Stanthorpe and 70km north-west of Tenterfield.

The park contains spectacular gorge country and a number of peaks higher than 1,000 m.LandformsIt is the source of the Severn River, which is the starting point of the Darling River.

This Severn River is a separate river from the New South Wales river of the same name. The river has cut a 10 km long gorge through hard trap rock. Some of the Severn River's tributaries have carved gorges and contain waterfalls.

The area has a complex geological history. Before it was a national park the land was mined for molybdenite, arsenic, tungsten, copper, gold and tin. Disused mines are contaminated so access in these locations is restricted.

Shellfish fossils can be found on the summit of Mount Donaldson which is 1,038 m above sea level. The trap rock which underlays most of the park contains granite intrusions which has caused some fracturing.

Flora and fauna in the north of the park stringybark, yellow box, brown box and Tenterfield woollybutt are the most common trees. Along the river red river gum, river oak, tea-tree and bottlebrush are typically found.

Some areas of the park were cleared for grazing and the production of wool

Park facilities
  • Campfires allowed (conditions apply)
  • Toilets
  • Tent camping
  • Caravan camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Motor home camping
  • Showers
  • Canoeing and kayaking