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Caloundra Coastal Walk

Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
There's no better way to soak up the beauty of the Caloundra region than setting off on this scenic coastal walk. Take on the entire 25 kilometre stretch from Golden Beach in the south to Mooloolaba in the north or enjoy strolling along sections of the walk at a leisurely pace. If you're travelling with children, be sure to stop at the family-friendly Kings Beach where the kids can play in the water park or explore the rock pools. Keep an eye out for birdlife and dolphins at the Pumicestone Passage. Check out the historical Military Jetty used for operations during World War II, as well as the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavillion constructed in 1937.

Heritage Walk

Mackay, Mackay Area
The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the Central Business District, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's diverse history. Join Mackay Visitor Information Centre volunteers on the Heritage Walk, a guided stroll through Mackay's Central Business District to view buildings of architectural significance, many from the 1930's Art Deco era. Despite being settled in 1862, many of Mackay's earliest buildings were destroyed in a devastating cyclone in 1918. Many of the re-built structures were from the 1920 to 1940 era, making the style of Mackay's Central Business District unique for a Queensland city. The 90-minute walk includes historic structures that are listed with the National Trust, including the Mackay Court House, the Town Hall, Holy Trinity Parish Church and the Masonic Temple. This walk can also be done as a self-guided expedition. Visit the Mackay Visitor Information Centre on Nebo Road for a copy of the Heritage Walk brochure and to enquire about times to join a guided tour. Guided tours are seasonal and subject to change.
Learn about endangered species, listen to the striking call of the catbird and imagine yourself back in time as you walk through this stunning patch of remnant rainforest. The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a wonderful place to take the kids for an adventure and is found one hour's drive north of Brisbane near the hinterland town of Maleny. There are several tranquil walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms where you can soak up the natural beauty and read information about various species. There's also an education centre, café and a number of picnic tables that offer breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains.

Bluewater Trail

Mackay, Mackay Area
See highlights of Mackay's diverse cityscape along the Bluewater Trail, a shared bicycle and pedestrian walkway which connects art, historic architecture and points of interest with natural beauty. The Bluewater Trail is approximately 20 kilometres in length, linking key attractions, including the picturesque Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens and the Bluewater Lagoon to Mackay's natural features, the Pioneer River and Town Beach. A feature along the trail is the inclusion of six public art installations, each uniquely representing a piece of Mackay's history and diversity. The public art can be viewed along Bluewater Quay. More impressive public art can be seen above the bank of the Pioneer River along the Pioneer Proenade section of the trail. The Catherine Freeman walk crosses over the wetland adjacent to the Pioneer River and links Mackay's Central Business District with the Botanical Gardens. A fishing pier can be found along this stretch of the trail. The Sandfly Creek Environmental walk stretches from Bluewater Quay, where another fishing pier can be found, and makes its way across grassland toward the Pioneer River mouth, before turning to head toward Town Beach. This conservation area is popular with bird-watchers. The Bluewater Trail includes the popular Bluewater Lagoon, a three-tier swimming facility with waterslide. Entry is free and lifeguards monitor the pools.

Historic Childers Street Walk

Childers, Bundaberg Area
The township of Childers is set on top of rolling hills of red soil framed by green fields on sugar cane, avocados and macadamias. This walk will take you through the variety of architectural styles from past to present that Childers township has to offer reflecting its many food production industries.

Wynnum North Mangrove Circuit

Wynnum, Brisbane Area
An elevated walkway winding through the forest, enabling visitors to observe at close hand the plants and animals of the mangroves. There is seating along the way, and a vantage point located at the seaward end of the boardwalk provides sweeping views of Moreton Bay and some of its islands; follow Wynnum Road, past the intersection of Tingal Road onto Glenora Street. Turn left into Granada Street and follow the road to the signposted entrance in Elanora Park.

Mount Larcom Climb

Mount Larcom, Gladstone Area
This is the stuff Australia is best known for - craggy mountain ranges, rocky outcrops, grass trees, eucalypts and paperbarks towering above, leafy litter on the ground and a well-worn hiking path leading to the top of somewhere special. If you search Facebook and get a page called "On Top of Mount Larcom" take a look - it's full of shots of people who have taken on the marvellous Mount Larcom and reaped the rewards and now you can too. This isn't a walk for the light hearted and you need to set out prepared but on a clear day rewards such as 360 degree views of the Gladstone area and reef islands to the east and Rockhampton to the North can be seen. Strap on those hiking boots and hear that distinctive 'crunch' as you trek your way to an exciting mountain summit which will make you feel like you're at the centre of Central Queensland's beating heart.

1770 Headland and Lookout

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
Long, golden beaches, white waves crashing into the rocks below, aquamarine ocean as far as you can see and if it's whale season you might just spot a water spouting out of a blowhole on this short, headland walk. You don't need to huff and puff to get to the best views of 1770 and surrounds, this easy family-friendly walk will do the trick and it only takes 30 minutes. You can easily access a few lookout walks from the car park at the 1770 headland so this is another activity to add to your list while in the 1770 and Agnes Water area. Swap your surfboard for sneakers for a morning or afternoon and traverse the area by foot instead of waves.

Sunset Track

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Fondly referred to as Bundaberg's own slice of Kakadu with its lush wetlands, abundant birdlife and fish breeding habitats, Baldwin Swamp provides a range of authentic wetland experiences, right in the heart of the city. Only five minutes from the Bundaberg Central Business District, the conservation park has nearly a one kilometre series of walkways that wind through the park. Take a punt at picking out some of the 75 species of waterbirds that call the swamp home. Baldwin Swamp isn't just perfect at sunset - you can visit anytime of the day and at night you might encounter Possums, Bandicoots and the ever elusive Echidna foraging for their dinner.

Paperbark Trail

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
The clicking and humming of distinctive frog calls will provide nature's soundtrack as you weave your way around the circular paperbark trail in Reedy Creek Reserve. Just minutes from brilliant beaches at Agnes Waters, a kaleidoscope of butterflies and brilliantly coloured fungi are waiting to be discovered in this lush coastal environment. It might be only 400 metres long but it's an exciting trail with varied ups and downs, steps, boardwalk sections and water crossings in this much loved wet area where frogs thrive. A picnic table at the start/finish of the walk makes a great spot for a cuppa and the walk is open to the public all year round (safety permitting). Get the kids to play park ranger on this fun walk and try to spot the friarbirds, flying foxes and lorikeets in this enchanted paperbark forest.
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