Australia National Parks

Queensland
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Brisbane Area

Bunya Mountains
150 mi/241 km north-west of Brisbane.
Features bunya pines, waterfalls, gorges and wildflowers Sep-Nov. Activities: birdwatching, bushwalking, and camping. Best time to visit: All year round.

Burleigh Heads
60 mi/96 km south of Brisbane.

Features basalt boulders, vine forest, eucalypt forest, and koalas. Activities: bushwalking and swimming. Best time to visit: All year round.

Glasshouse Mountains
40 mi/64 km north of Brisbane.

Features domed hills and wildflowers Sept-Nov. Activities: bushwalking, climbing and picnicking. Best time to visit: All year round.

Lamington
62 mi/100 km south of Brisbane, 28 mi/45 km west of the Gold Coast.
Features caves, gorges, waterfalls, sub-tropical rainforests, Antarctic beech, birds, O'Reilly's Guest House and Binna Burra Lodge. Coach tours operate from various centres along the Gold Coast. Activities: birdwatching, bushwalking and picnicking. Best time to visit: All year round.

Maiala
26 mi/42 km north-west of Brisbane.

Features scenic views of coastal plains from forested range. Activities: bushwalking and picnicking. Best time to visit: All year round.

Moreton Island
25 mi/40 km north-east of Brisbane.
Features low plains, dunes, lakes and beaches. All transport on the island is by 4WD. Accessible by light aircraft, fast launch or barge from Pinkenba, a Brisbane suburb. Activities: bushwalking, camping, fishing, picnicking and swimming. Best time to visit: All year round.

Springbrook
62 mi/100 km south of Brisbane.
Features cliffs, gorges, waterfalls, rainforest, lyrebirds, whipbirds, wildflowers Sep-Nov. Activities: birdwatching, bushwalking, camping, and picnicking. Best time to visit: All year round.

Simpson Desert
62 mi/100 km west of Birdsville.
Features sandhill desert and desert animals. Activities include camping. Best time to visit: July - September

Tamborine Mountain
50 mi/80 km south of Brisbane, 25 miles (40 km) west of the Gold Coast.

A scenic plateau and avocado-growing area in the McPherson Ranges, with seven small national parks comprising 927 acres of rainforest. Activities: bushwalking, birdwatching, hang-gliding, picnicking, and swimming. Best time to visit: September - November, March - May.

Cairns Area

Barron Gorge
20 mi/32 km north-west of Cairns.

Features tropical rainforest, waterfalls and Kuranda scenic train. Activities: picnicking. Best time to visit: April - November.

Bellenden Ker
38 mi/61 km south of Cairns.

Features Bartle Frere, Queensland's highest mountain, waterfalls and tropical rainforests. Activities: bushwalking, picnicking and swimming. Best time to visit: April - November.

Cape Tribulation
90 mi/145 km north of Cairns.
Features the rainforest wilderness which meets the sea, Boye's forest dragon, tree kangaroos, and estuarine crocodiles. Activities: bushwalking, camping and swimming. Best time to visit: May - October.

Carnarvon Gorge
290 mi/467 km south-west of Rockhampton.

Features an oasis, caves, Aboriginal rock art, and wildflowers Sep-Nov. Activities: birdwatching, bushwalking, and camping. Best time to visit: April - October.

Chillagoe-Mungana Caves
140 mi /225 km west of Cairns.
Features limestone caves, marine fossils and guided tours. Activities: picnicking. Best time to visit: April - November.

Daintree
53 mi/85 km north of Cairns.

A World Heritage-listed area featuring tropical rainforests and woodlands, waterfalls, tree kangaroos, the golden bowerbird, and cruises up the Daintree River. A cable ferry provides access to Cape Tribulation National Park. Tours leave from Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman, and Daintree. Activities: bushwalking, picnicking, wildlife viewing. Best time to visit: May - October.

Eungella
50 mi/80 km west of Mackay.

Features gorges, waterfalls and rainforest. Activities: bird-watching, bushwalking, and picnicking. Best time to visit: May - November.

Millstream Falls
90 mi/145 km south-west of Cairns.

Features Queensland's widest waterfall and platypuses. Activities: birdwatching, boating, bushwalking, camping, picnicking, and swimming. Best time to visit: April - October.

Mt Hypipamee
65 m/105 km south-west of Cairns.
Features water-filled crater and rainforest. Activities: bushwalking and picnicking. Best time to visit: May - November.

Palmerston
80 mi/1 29 km south of Cairns.

Features rainforest, gorges, waterfalls, emerald doves, and king parrots. Activities: bushwalking, birdwatching, picnicking and swimming. Best time to visit: May - November.

Noteworthy Queensland Coastal Areas
(not necessarily National Parks)

Great Barrier Reef
Located along the Queensland Coast
The Great Barrier Reef supports an abundance of marine species, including the endangered dugong, and provides breeding grounds for Humpback whales, and the endangered green and loggerheadturtles.Best time to visit: Dry season (April to October).

More on Great Barrier Reef

Fraser Island World Heritage Site
300 km/186 mi north of Brisbane
The world's largest sand island, with Dingos (wild dogs), wild horses, wallabies, and hundreds of species of birds. Best time to visit: All year round.

More on Fraser Island


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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