North Queensland Naturalist 51: 57-61

Abstract

Talaroo Hot Springs are a unique environmental feature to Far North Queensland and Australia. The spring mound has a long geological, ecological and anthropogenic history. A review of the available information on the natural history of Talaroo Hot Springs identified several historical accounts. The aim of this note is to document these. Early colonial visitors to the springs identified their unique natural history and unfortunately their encouragement to preserve this uniqueness was not acted on until the Traditional Owners converted the area to an Indigenous Protected Area over a century later.