QLD NATIONAL PARKS
From the Gold Coast to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, inland to the outback, east to the islands, and as far north as Cape York Peninsula, families will find abundant and diverse landscapes and fun adventures in a vast number of stunning Queensland national parks.
Moreton Island National Park
Where: 40km by ferry from Brisbane About: Moreton Island is the home of the Quandamooka people, and the park’s tall sand dunes, long stretches of sandy beaches, crystal clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands and abundant wildflowers make for an ideal Moreton Bay family adventure. Camping: YES
D’Aguilar National Park
Where: Brisbane About: The former Brisbane Forest Park is a great day trip getaway – within easy reach of the CBD. Discover a world away from city life with remote gorges, subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views. Camping: YES
Daintree National Park
Where: Tropical Far North Queensland About: The famous ‘Daintrees’ is made up of two spectacular areas - Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. The World Heritage-Listed Daintree Rainforest is actually the oldest rainforest in the world! See the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River cascade over granite boulders in Mossman Gorge, while Cape Tribulation features rainforest-clad mountains that sweep down to long sandy beaches. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people are the Traditional Owners of Daintree National Park.
Noosa National Park
Where: Sunshine Coast About: An important conservation area, Noosa National Park provides a refuge for native wildlife including the koala, glossy black-cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet. Fabulous and gentle coastal walks for the whole family start at the boardwalk from the end of Noosa Main Beach, past lovely Little Cove beach towards the park’s main entrance.
Conondale National Park
Where: West from the Sunshine Coast About: The park’s rainforest, waterfalls, crystal clear creeks and mountain streams sustain a significant number of rare and threatened plants and animals. Take in spectacular views, enjoy walking tracks and scenic drives and have fun exploring. Camping: YES
Burleigh Head National Park
Where: Gold Coast About: This wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast, where sea eagles soar along the coast, offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and even the chance to spot whales in spring. Camping: NO
Lamington National Park
Where: Near the Gold Coast About: Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world), Lamington is made up of two sections – Green Mountains and Binna Burra. Renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and more than 160km of walking trails, take the family on O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, the first of its kind in Australia, offering visitors a unique perspective on the ancient rainforest canopy.
Springbok National Park
Where: Near the Gold Coast About: Also part of the Gondwana Rainforest, Springbok National Park’s lush subtropical rainforest and open eucalypt woodland are perfect for walking and discovering wildlife, like swamp wallabies, potoroos and bowerbirds, that roam the forest. In rocky escarpments and caves look for ‘glowworms’, and spot brilliant blue spiny crays, frogs and long-finned eels in the mountain streams.
Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert) National Park
Where: West of Birdsville About: This iconic outback park is only accessible by 4WD and only in the dry season. It is Queensland’s largest national park (1 million ha) and is in Australia’s driest place - the Simpson Desert. Some of the park’s spectacular sculptured red sand dunes extend 200km and reach 90m high! A real adventurer’s landscape, experience gibber pebble plains and claypans, and camp under a canopy of stars.
Porcupine Gorge National Park
Where: North of Hughenden About: In the middle of Queensland’s outback, Porcupine Gorge National Park’s big drawcard is the unique ‘pyramid’ at Porcupine Creek . Nature has created a deep chasm through layers of sandstone, spanning hundreds of millions of years, to create a gorge, with a ‘pyramid’ shaped monolith rising from its floor. Enjoy strolling the Pyramid track, exploring the sculpted sandstone pools of Porcupine Creek, as it meanders through this impressive ‘little grand canyon’.
Whitsunday National Park Islands
Where: Whitsunday Islands About: Many sites throughout the Whitsundays hold special meaning for the descendants of the Ngaro people for whom this area was home for at least the past 9,000 years. The ‘Park’ also encompasses the worldfamous Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area – certainly a National Park with a difference! The islands ‘Park’ experience also offers secluded beaches, coral reefs and towering hoop pines, and the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail, a unique blend of seaways and picturesque walks.
Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park
Where: Off the coast of Hervey Bay About: The World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and stretches for 123km, across 166,000 ha. Cool towering rainforests, over 100 freshwater swimming lakes, including the iconic Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby, huge sand blows and an amazing 120km beach highway, complete with a shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands. Indulge in a wide range of eco-adventures on foot or by 4WD self-guided and guided tours.
Above: Children at Beach in Noosa National Park, Sunshine Coast QLD
ck to S i Simpson Desert Dune ©