Cape Melville National Park

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Cape Melville National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Cape Melville National Park
Nearest town or cityCooktown
Area1,370 km2 (529.0 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCape Melville National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Cape Melville is a national park in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia.[1]


The park is 1,711 km northwest of Brisbane.[2] Its main features are the rocky headlands of Cape Melville, granite boulders of the Melville Range and beaches of Bathurst Bay.[3]

The national park was the site of a 2013 National Geographic scientific expedition which discovered three new species. These were the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko, Cape Melville shade skink and the Blotched boulder-frog.[4]

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  1. ^ "Cape Melville National Park - Shire of Cook (entry 43837)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
  3. ^ "Cape Melville National Park". Queensland Holidays. Tourism and Events Queensland. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ Sarah Elks (28 October 2013). "'New' creatures pop up as Cape York secrets revealed". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 28 October 2013.