Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall Rest Area

GPS: -26.79485 , 150.71559
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Warrego Highway
Boonarga QLD 4413
 
Last updated by Clyde Camel on 10th September, 2011
Boonarga Cactoblastis Memorial Hall Rest Area is a day rest area that has been dedicated in recognition of a moth. The Cactoblastis Moth was responsible for bringing Prickly Pear under control.
This may not immediately resonate with city slickers, however if you were earning your living off the land during the 1920s, it was very important to your very existence. Prickly Pear was introduced as an ornamental plant during colonial days, but quickly escaped the fancy gardens of colonial aristocracy and went wild in the bush.

The exotic pest rendered thousands of square miles useless for grazing and farming. After the introduction of the Cactoblastis Moth in 1925, 90% of the cactus was destroyed within 10 years.
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