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



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

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.

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.

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.

3.3 km return
1 hr

Baldwin Swamp

A walk around a series of lagoons and home to a variety of birds. There is also a large colony of flying foxes. The length of the walk will vary depending on which tracks you take. Note motorised bikes must be registered and dogs must be on a leash.

1 km return
30 mins

Baldy Top Quilpie

Located 7.4 kilometres from Quilpie on the Toompine Road rests a red rocky formation, aptly named Baldy Top Lookout. Part of the Grey Range, Baldy Top is one of the most elevated points in South West Queensland.

Explore caves and crevices, untouched by civilisation whilst traversing this magnificent boulder formation which was created naturally over millions of years.

A climb to the summit of Baldy Top is a relatively easy ten minute scramble. Although Baldy Top appears quite small in its surroundings, once atop this hill, one is amazed by the breathtaking panoramic landscapes that stretch as far as your imagination.

As ancient as time itself, Baldy Top offers visitors stunning sunsets whilst experiencing the serenity and solitude of the Outback.

1 km
18 mins

Banksia Track

This track rises to a knoll with westerly views. You will see grass trees and Australian native grasses. If you are lucky you may even see swamp wallabies feeding on the grass.

Picnic area available at entrance

Grade: hard, steep climb
Suited to: bushwalking, flora walking
Habitat: open grassland, eucalypt forest
Must: see the regionally rare keraudrenia species

2 km one-way
1 hr

Banksia Track - Karawatha Forest

True to its name this track features a variety of banksia species. Visit in autumn when the banksias are in bloom. The track begins in Frog Hollow where wet heath provides rich habitat for 23 species of frog that call Karawatha Forest home then climbs through eucalypt forest to the crest of the hill and the sandstone boulders of Poet’s Rock. This track connects with the Dianella, Wallum and Dentata tracks for a longer walking experience.

20 km
5 hrs

Baroon Pocket to Kondalilla Falls (return)

A stroll through the Southeast Queensland rainforest, with spectacular views down Obi Obi Creek.

2 km return
30 mins

Bat Cave Rail Trail Samford

This track is part of the disused rail line which went from Ferny Grove to Dayboro.

2 km return
30 mins

Bat Cave Rail Trail Track

This track is part of the disused rail line which went from Ferny Grove to Dayboro.