Queensland

Summary

The Sunshine State

Queensland has a wealth of bushwalking opportunities including multiple World Heritage Listed rainforests such as the Daintree and Lamington National Park, great coastal and island parks like Fraser Island and Hinchinbrook Island.

Popular Walks

 

Highlights

World Heritage Areas

  • Fraser Island
  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (Lamington NP, Springbrook NP, Mount Chinghee NP, Mount Barney NP, Main Range NP)
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Riversleigh
  • Wet Tropics (Daintree NP, Barron Gorge NP, Cedar Bay NP, Girringun NP, Wooroonooran NP)

Contact details

Environmental Protection Agency - Parks and Forests - http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks_and_forests/

 

Walks in Queensland

Easy
1.8 km return
45 mins

Davies Creek Falls Circuit

Close to Cairns and Mareeba, Davies Creek National Park is a favourite spot for locals. It offers a spacious picnic area and camping facilities, spread out amidst the rocky platforms and shady trees by the creek. Visitors can negotiate the rocks and swim in the pools in this area at their leisure. Davies Creek Falls,is a magnificent waterfall cascading over huge granite boulders,

Easy
1 km return
30 mins

Adjinbilly: Cascades

Adjinbilly Cascades are reached by a short 2 minute walk from the Ruby campfire area. It is a beautiful place, deserving to be called the ‘heart’ of Adjinbilly. It is a ‘must’ to visit early in your stay, with the small cascading waterfalls and enveloping rainforest creating a unique, secluded setting. You can walk up to the falls (beware of slippery rocks), get wet or sit and enjoy the special feeling of just being there.

There is a table and chairs where you can share a meal (perhaps a candlelight dinner for a special occasion).

Medium
2.5 km return
1 hr

Adjinbilly: Circuit Track

This is an ungraded track mostly following old logging tracks along the creek. This beautiful walk has a myriad of highlights, from the many cascades and the beautiful views of the creek to the amazing strangler figs and the magnificent epiphytes high in the trees.

It is a walk with plenty of ‘ups and downs’, and you might get your feet wet as you cross the creek. There are seats at selected beauty spots – wonderful places where you can reflect and soak up the ambience or take special photographs.

Easy
4.2 km return
90 mins

Adungadoo Pathway

Follow the peaceful waters of Bungil Creek. Ancient river gums are a beautiful feature of this walk, while the watercourse is a must for bird watchers. Take a small detour on route to see the largest Queensland Bottle Tree.

Very Easy
2 km return
1 hr

Anstead Bushland Reserve

Mostly flat, very easy walking tracks, well signposted. Lots of local wildlife information along the walk and quiet a nice view out over the old quarry and Brisbane River.

Easy
2.8 km return
90 mins

Araluen Cascades Track

From Finch Hatton Gorge picnic area, a moderate circuit with uphill sections leads you through lush rainforest and between granite boulders to the lookout above Araluen Cascades. If you are keen to swim, observe safety signs, jumping and diving into the water is prohibited. Variable water depths, submerged rocks and logs, and fast flowing water combine to make this activity extremely dangerous. Accidents have resulted in serious injury and a number of deaths

Medium
3.2 km return
90 mins

Auburn River National Park , Gorge -top walk

The track follows the river on a gentle walk through open eucalypt forest along the top of the gorge. At the lookout there are spectacular views down the river,
which flows over a series of cascades to the Auburn River Falls—best viewed after heavy rain.

Medium
1.5 km return
1 hr

Auburn River National Park , Riverbed and rockpools walk

This is a strenuous walk and should only be attempted
by fit walkers. This rough track winds down the side of
the gorge to the river, travelling through dry rainforest,
eucalypt forest and creek vegetation. The swollen
trunks of bottle trees are a forest feature.
Before exploring the river: take time to observe the
immediate area to ensure you will be able to find the
trail on your return. Take care when walking on wet rock
surfaces, as they can be slippery.

Easy
600 m return
15 mins

Auburn River National Park, Gorge Lookout walk

This short stroll leads to impressive views across Auburn River gorge. Take a camera and capture views of the river and its distinctive boulders. The 'Giant's Chair' can be seen from the lookout; so too is a peregrine falcon's nest—easily detected because of the 'white-wash' marks on the cliff face below a collection of sticks and debris which make up the nest. Unfenced lookout: Stay well back from the edge and supervise children at all times.

Medium
440 m return
20 mins

Balancing Rock

From the Balancing Rock car park a rough track climbs up a rock formation, providing views of Balancing Rock—a spectacular limestone outcrop. Take a moment to enjoy the view and photograph the surrounding open woodlands.

Wullumba art site is also located to the right of the car park.