Pull on your hiking boots and trek along one of the picturesque walks in our National Parks. There’s a walk for every pace and fitness level, whether you just want a short easy stroll to a magnificent lookout, want to climb down to a swimming hole for a dip or take on an adventurous overnight camping hike across spectacular terrain on one of Queensland's Great Walks!

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Lower Bellbird Circuit

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
The Binna Burra section of the McPherson Range located within the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is renowned for powerful waterfalls and panoramic vistas. Allow four hours to explore the 12 kilometre Lower bellbird Circuit which forms part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Branch off just over three kilometres from the trailhead of the Ship's Stern at Nixon Creek Valley and descend sharply into dry eucalypt and casuarina territory. Stop and marvel at the panoramic views at Koolanbilba and Yangahla lookouts - visible to Egg Rock, Turtle Rock, the Numinbah Valley and back to Ship's Stern. Follow the circuit below Bellbird lookout over a few small creeks and peer through foliage and spot cliff faces covered in lush ferns and orchids. Emerge into a clearing which was once an old dairy farm and is now being revegetated with views back to Mt Roberts. Continue the return circuit by walking beside the Binna Burra Road or opt for the one and a half kilometre return trail along Caves Circuit.

Bellbird Circuit

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
The World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is home to Australia's largest subtropical rainforest nestled 800 metres above sea level. Make tracks on foot from the nearby Binna Burra mountain lodge using the Ship's Stern trail and allow around two hours to complete the two kilometre Bellbird Circuit. Descend into ancient Gondwana rainforest past the Horse Track junction and further into eucalypt woodlands, before hoop pines and northern slopes reveal themselves at scenic Bellbird Lookout. The natural sheer cliff unveils jaw-dropping vistas of Ships Stern, Egg Rock, Turtle Rock and the nearby Numinbah Valley - Gorges resulting from millions of years of natural erosion. Return options include the Possum Track or Windy Corner, or for more adventure continue on to the Bellbird Clearing and ride the 165 metre flying-fox through the rainforest canopy. Please keep children under close supervision at Bellbird Lookout and away from the cliff edge as there are no handrails. Please Note: The Bellbird Circuit is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

Gwongoorool Track

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
The six-kilometre Gwongoorool Track forms one section of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. Commence at the Binna Burra car park near the local visitor information centre and descend towards the Coomera River with a pre-packed picnic lunch. Hike through woody eucalypt forest and lush Gondwana rainforest accessed by over 100 stairs. Luckily you're quickly rewarded with views of sheer cliffs, waterfalls and black-breasted button quail. Spot the turn off to the Illinbah Circuit where you can purchase a permit for bush camping at the Illinbah clearing. To access the freshwater Gwongoorool rock pool - home to blue Lamington crayfish and eels - turn left at the base of the gorge and continue along the Gwongoorool Track. The crystal clear waterhole is fed by a mountain stream and makes for a refreshing dip during summer. Allow two hours for the steep return journey back to the car park. Note: This walk is renowned for being difficult immediately following wet weather.

Mackay Highlands Great Walk

Eungella, Mackay Area
Whether you are looking for a family stroll in the rainforest, or a challenging five-day hike, there will be a journey to inspire and delight as part of the Mackay Great Highlands Walk. Beginning in the cool and often mist-shrouded rainforest of Eungella National Park, the Mackay Great Highlands Walk incorporates steep escarpments, verdant rainforest, dense palm groves, towering trees, dramatic gorge views and tranquil back-country farmland. The 56 kilometre track traverses Eungella National Park, Crediton State Forest, and Homevale Resources Reserve and National Park. The journey through the rainforest in Eungella National Park is a nature lover's paradise as it supports species from both subtropical and tropical rainforest vegetation. The starting point is at the town of Eungella, where highlights within the first three hours of walking include expensive views across the Pioneer Valley, towering red cedar, Mackay tulip oak, groves of piccabeen and Alexandra palms. Further along, the track will enter mixed eucalypt forests featuring fragrant lemon-scented gums, bloodwoods, ironbarks, banksias and stunning grasstrees. Tropical fauna is abundant with an impressive array of colourful birds and butterflies. You may catch a glimpse of a platypus from the banks of Broken River. The challenging walk will take three to five days to complete and finishes at the historic town of Mt Britton, a now abandoned gold-mining area which thrived in the 1880s. Camps are located at Fern Flat (Broken River), Crediton Hall, Denham Range and Moonlight Dam. All have access to toilets and water, though it is advisable to treat water before drinking. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Mount Coolum Summit Track

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
Did you know that Mount Coolum is the second largest rock in the world after Uluru? This impressive dome-shaped rock is 208 metres high and offers spectacular views of the coast and hinterland. There are several sets of stone steps to help you reach the summit. The walk takes about twenty minutes and is certain to get your blood pumping. Apart from the amazing view, you'll also find interesting plant species around the summit of the mountain including Xanthorrea, Casuarinas, Scribbly Gums and a variety of ferns. The name of the mountain is said to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'headless', which is assumed to relate to the flat top of the rock. According to dreamtime stories, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean - creating Mudjimba Island.

Paperbark Forest Boardwalk

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
Just minutes from the coastal town of Agnes Water is the pristine Paperbark Forest Boardwalk at Reedy Creek Reserve. Take a journey through an enchanted forest where you will encounter butterflies, lorikeets and friarbirds amongst the Paperbark Tea Trees, and perhaps even some grey-headed and little red flying foxes. The walk is especially fun for children, however all ages will enjoy the unique walking trail which is just 400 metres long.

Beautiful Betsy Walk

Biloela, Banana Area
A plane crash which lay hidden in the Australian bush wasn't discovered for nearly 50 years is the short backstory to the Beautiful Betsy walk in Kroombit Tops National Park. It sounds like something out of a film but it's true - Beautiful Betsy is the remains of a World War II Liberator Bomber aircraft which lay hidden and lost in the Kroombit Tops underbrush until a ranger saw a glint of silver after a backburn and discovered it in 1994. This walk enables you to learn about the bomber, its occupants who lost their lives and it's tragic end and view the wreckage which has been a permanent fixture in the landscape since its' tragic collision in 1945. Most of this park is unsealed road suitable only for four-wheel drives so make sure you check out the National Park map before setting off.

Mount Hobwee Circuit

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
The Binna Burra section of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is renowned for diverse vegetation, rugged terrain and a bird's eye view of the Gold Coast and hinterland. Trek 18.2 kilometres along the Mount Hobwee Circuit which is reached five and a half kilometres along the Border Track. Later pass through Nothofagus Gondwana forest often lined in 'beech orange' fungus and only found in Australia and South America. Spot the track on the left leading 1163 metres to the summit of Mount Hobwee, Wagawn and Araucaria lookouts. Wagawn boasts uninterrupted views of Springbrook, the Tweed Valley and Mount Warning while nearby Araucaria lookout is lined in Helmholtzia lilies and named after the hoop pine communities representative of the Jurassic Age - the age of the conifers about 180 million years ago. The circuit re-joins the Border Track for the return trek to the Binna Burra car park.

Banksia Track And The Boardwalk

Woodgate, Bundaberg Area
Woodgate is known for the long, white stretches of sandy beaches that overlook the magnificent Southern Great Barrier Reef, but you can also strap on your walking boots and experience some of Australia's distinctive flora and fauna as you walk the Banksia track. A paperbark-lined, wheelchair accessible boardwalk opens up to a 5.2 kilometre experience like no other with tea trees and the brown Banksia dotting the landscape. Keep an ear out for the wattle and friarbirds and you be the judge of to see who wins the loudest battle as the loudest amongst the Banksia's foliage. A flash of fire engine red might just be the scarlet Honeyeater, a streak of emerald green a King Parrot, the chorus of the distinctive Whipbird and the grey Shrikethrush are just some of the 200 plus bird species spotted in the park. Take a stroll and take in the vistas, sounds and smells of mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath, swamp banksia, wallum banksia, tea tree wetlands, eucalypt forests and spectacular wildflowers and bird life throughout August to October (when everything is in full bloom).

Stony Creek Circuit

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Walk your way through exotic pines and ancient cycads as you enjoy this trail in the Byfield State Forest. The track passes through pockets of rainforest as it winds its way along Stony Creek. Discover the beauty of the Byfield Fern (Bowenia serrulata) and treat yourself to a picnic at one of the well-maintained recreation areas in the forest. If you're legs feel a little tired after all that walking, be sure to immerse yourself in the calm waters of the natural rock pools.
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