Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park



25km south of Cooktown or 4km north of Helenvale. An imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders is the highlight of this park, which is home to some unique wildlife, and is rich in Aboriginal cultural significance. At the northern end of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Black Mountain National Park contains an imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders. These formidable boulders, some the size of houses, stack precariously on one another — appearing to defy both gravity and logic. The wet tropics and drier savanna/woodland regions meet in this park, making it a refuge for wildlife, many of which are rare or threatened. The extraordinary combination of flora and geomorphology provides a habitat for an unusual range of wildlife, including species that are endemic to (entirely confined to) this boulder-jumbled mountain. Known as “Kalkajaka” (place of spear), Black Mountain was an important meeting place for the Kuku Bididji and Kuku Nyugkul clans of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. The mountain is also a feature of local non-Aboriginal folklore.

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