Clarke Range

The Clarke Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, is a rainforest-covered mountain range located in North Queensland, Australia. The range is located approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Coral Sea and 65 kilometres (40 mi) west of the coastal city of Mackay. The highest points are the summits of Mount William at about 1,270 metres (4,170 ft)[1] AHD  and Mount Dalrymple at 1,227 metres (4,026 ft)[2] AHD .

The Clarke Range is home to an isolated population of the regent bowerbird
Highest point
PeakMount William
Elevation1,270 m (4,170 ft) [1]
Coordinates21°00′54″S 146°38′03″E / 21.01500°S 146.63417°E / -21.01500; 146.63417
Clarke Range is located in Queensland
Clarke Range
Location of the Seaview Range in Queensland
RegionNorth Queensland
RiversPioneer River and Broken River
Range coordinates21°03′19″S 148°33′52″E / 21.05528°S 148.56444°E / -21.05528; 148.56444Coordinates: 21°03′19″S 148°33′52″E / 21.05528°S 148.56444°E / -21.05528; 148.56444
Parent rangeGreat Dividing Range
Type of rockGranite

The range is composed of granite rocks.[3] The slopes of Clarke Range form the upper reaches of the Pioneer River valley. Broken River also rises in the range, flowing west to join the Burdekin River.[3]

An exploration party led by John Mackay were the first Europeans to cross the range on 18 May 1860.[3]

The main road over the range winds sharply and steeply and is not suitable for caravans.[4]


Some 950 square kilometres (370 sq mi) of the Clarke Range, encompassing the Eungella National Park, has been classified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it supports most of the population of the Eungella honeyeater, an isolated northern population of the regent bowerbird, and large numbers of bush stone-curlews.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount William, Australia". Peakbagger. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Mount Dalrymple, Australia". Peakbagger. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Shilton, Peter (2005). Natural areas of Queensland. Mount Gravatt, Queensland: Goldpress. pp. 100–103. ISBN 0-9758275-0-2.
  4. ^ "About Mackay Highlands Great Walk". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ "IBA: Clarke Range". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.