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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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.
Moreton Island is the most natural of the large sand islands located in Moreton Bay's sheltered waters. At 285 metres high, Mount Tempest is the highest stabilised sand dune in the world. The walk to the top of Mount Tempest is a memorable one, with sweeping views of Moreton Bay and the island's length a spectacular experience. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and look for migrating humpback whales in late winter and spring. It is a steep climb with many steps, and can be challenging, but the 360-degree view is worth every step. This walk is best done in the cooler part of the day or in winter. Take plenty of water.

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.

First Coat Festival Street Art, Toowoomba

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
First Coat is a cutting-edge street art and cultural festival that happens annually in Toowoomba city Central Business District. Held over three days, each May, First Coat brings together street artists from around Australia and the world to paint multiple large scale murals on bare building walls. You can design your own adventure to take in more than 50 walls (and counting!) city-wide with a self-guided map available from Kontraband Studios or the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre. In February 2014, Toowoomba Regional Council and GraffitiSTOP, in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service and Kontraband Studios presented the first First Coat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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