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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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