Central Queensland

Summary

Central Queensland goes the entire length from the east coast to western Queensland.

Popular Walks

History

Any interesting history for the region?

Features

Like the rest of QLD the majority of stuff to do is on the East coast. With some jumpups heading out west in the desert country.

Access

How do you get there? Include all access points if there are many?

Maps

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Council Areas:

  1. Diamantina Shire
  2. Boulia Shire
  3. Winton Shire
  4. Barcoo Shire
  5. Blackall Tambo Regional 
  6. Longreach Regional
  7. Barcaldine Regional
  8. Central Highlands REgional
  9. Banna Shire
  10. Gladstone Regional
  11. Rockhampton Regional 

Contact details

See QLD national Parks for information

Medium
2.3 km return
90 mins

Bluff Point Walking Track

Good enjoyable walk, I'd say it a medium difficulty level for beginners. Use to run it everyday with incredible lookouts over to the islands and overall an enjoyable time.

Easy
1.4 km return
45 mins

Bracken Fern Way

A short walk at the top of Mt Archer to a lookout over southern Rockhampton.

Easy
1.5 km return
1 hr

Capricorn Caves

These ancient above ground caves honeycomb a limestone ridge and offer more than 1.5km of passages to explore.
On a guided tour visit the labyrinth of large caves featuring beautiful decoration, amazing fig tree roots and maybe little insectivorous bats, highlighted by the 'Cathedral Cave', with its near perfect acoustics.

Medium
15 km
4 hrs

Curtis Island

This walk takes you along the eastern coastline of Curtis Island, starting from South End. There are two established camp sites along the eastern coast (Turtle St - about 15km, and Joey Lees - about 29km), and another at the northern end (Yellow Patch). This is a fairly exposed walk, along the beach in some areas and along the top of the headland in others. It would be much too hot in summer. The views are pretty spectacular the whole way and it is not busy at all - we walked on a long weekend and met one group of 4WD'ers, and no other walkers. There are no facilities along the way- you will need to bring all of your own water.

Medium
700 m return
40 mins

Double Head Track

This is a council maintained track up the southern peak of Double Head at Rosslyn near Yeppoon. It takes you to Fan Rock and a lookout towards the northern Peak.

Easy
5 km return
1 hr

Eclipse Gap and Skyline Lookouts

From the FReds Gorge day use area , these two lookouts can be combined quite easy. Yet do provide very similar views other than you can't see Virgin Rock from Eclipse Gap

Hard
4.5 km
3 hrs

Emmet Pocket walk

Emmet Pock is in Idalia National park whick is 113kms south west of Blackall. This is a difficult walk with steep grades up and down the gorge walls but is well worth the effort. I found walking poles were worth there weight in gold. There are four walks to do while in this park all easier than this one.

Easy
800 m
18 mins

Isla Gorge

An easy walk from the camping ground along a rocky ridge to the end of a spur where you can view the spectacular gorge below. This is a landmark for those more intrepid walkers who venture down into the gorge where there are no set tracks. This is scrambling at its best - quite difficult and, in late September, very hot. We trekked down into the gorge and made our way through thick scrub to the other side to camp overnight. Heavy going with backpacks laden with water bottles. The return hike back up the spur to the camp grounds was quite arduous, but all in all, well worth the effort.

Medium
3.5 km return
90 mins

Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Most people come here for the Dinosaur Stampede exhibit, a unique preservation of footprints and multimedia presentation of how they may have come to be. Around the site are a couple of walks - the Spinifex circuit (500m, 30mins) and Jump-Up Loop (90mins, 3.5km) - that showcase the arid landscape around this area and are well-signposted with information cards to entertain the young and old and worthwhile either before or after viewing the Stampede. Do take a hat and water. The sun is cruel even in winter.

Easy
2.4 km return
1 hr

Mount Etna Walk Bat Cleft

A short walk up Mount Etna to the Bat Cleft. During November to February, the walk is only accessible by tour with a park ranger where you can see 110,000 bats emerge from the bat cleft.