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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Wompoo Walk

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
'Wom-poo' is the sound made by the beautifully coloured Wompoo fruit-dove, so listen and see if you can spot one as you walk through this tropical rainforest. The Conway National Park covers 225 kilometres of lowland tropical rainforest and a number of walking trails on the Conway Circuit (previously the Whitsunday Great Walk) have been created for your enjoyment. Follow an old logging road 2.4 kilometres through tall, lush rainforest and notice seedlings fighting for light in small clearings. Turn left to reach a calm creek lined with Alexandra palms. This 7 kilometre return walk has a few steep sections, shallow creek crossings after rain, plentiful wildlife and will take you about four hours to complete. The walking track is shared with mountain-bike and Segway tours. Closed annually from 1 February to 31 March and also subject to seasonal closures. How to get there: Brandy Creek Road is located about half-way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine off Shute Harbour Road. Follow Brandy Creek Road to the Forestry Road carpark. What to take: please wear walking shoes and take drinking water, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat. It's also a good idea to always let someone know where you are going when you head off into the Australian bush. Mobile phone coverage may be weak or non-existent.

Cedar Grove Track

Eungella, Mackay Area
With more than 20 kilometres of walking tracks to explore, Eungella National Park is the perfect location for young and old to experience a serene stroll through sub-tropical rainforest. High above the surrounding plains, this mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge is one of Queensland's most ecologically diverse parks with more than 800 plant species and a wonderful variety of wildlife. Drive past sugar cane and experience country hospitality in rural Pioneer Valley townships, before arriving at picturesque Finch Hatton. Continue the drive up the windy Clarke Range to the elevated township of Eungella, the starting point for the Pine Grove and Cedar Grove walking tracks, as well as the challenging Mackay Highlands Great Walk. Parking and information is available in Eungella township. It is advisable to check local weather conditions before starting any walks in the rainforest. Insect repellent is advisable. Ensure you carry enough water for the walk, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Begin the walk at the Pine Grove Circuit. The Pine Grove Circuit is a 1.5 kilometre journey which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It starts and finishes near Cedar Grove picnic area. A lovely viewing point is found on this circuit at the Eagle View lookout. If you are completing the Cedar Grove Track, it is a 2.8 kilometre journey, one-way, and takes approximately 1 hour. Moderate fitness is required as the track contains uphill sections and stairs. The journey is well worth the effort as you pass under towering Red Cedar's and Tulip Oaks. A unique photo opportunity can be found at the strangler fig tree arch, an impressive arch over the walking track formed by tree roots. The Cedar Grove Track leads to the popular Sky Window picnic area and lookout, providing breathtaking views across the Pioneer Valley below. If you have limited mobility, the Sky Window picnic area and lookout can be accessed with relative ease from Eungella Dam Road on the way to Broken River. A wheelchair friendly path leads through the rainforest to two spectacular lookouts. Signs along the trail teach about local Aboriginal culture.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great! Walk

Montville, Sunshine Coast Area
Wrap yourself up in the arms of Mother Nature on this stunning walk which will take you through some of Queensland's most beautiful national parks. The 58 kilometre Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk winds along the Blackall Range, past waterfalls and pristine patches of subtropical rainforest. There are several campsites along the trail that need to be booked in advance. The one-way walk will take about four days to complete. Alternatively you can do shorter half-day or full-day hikes within the Great Walk route. Further details of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk can be found on the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website.

Conondale Range Great Walk

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Conondale Range Great Walk is located within Conondale National Park. In the rugged Conondale Range are some of Queensland's most popular and picturesque forests. Luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forest, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery make this area well worth a visit. With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park offers walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Popular Booloumba Creek camping areas are located beside a scenic rainforest lined creek. The 56 kilometre Conondale Range Great Walk starts and finishes at the Booloumba Creek day-use area in Conondale National Park. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has produced a Conondale Range Great Walk Topographic Map, which is essential for planning and undertaking your Great Walk. From the valley, through deep gorges to the top of the range and back again, you will be captivated by the rugged beauty of this vast and varied landscape. Ancient rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, tall open forest, and expansive 360 degree views are just some of spectacular features you will encounter as you walk. A range of walking experiences are offered within this Great Walk-from short strolls to the challenging full circuit walk. Whichever you choose, the Conondale Range Great Walk offers an adventure to remember! Allow four days to complete this walk of a difficult grade.

Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk covers the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, including Lamington and Springbrook plateaus and the scenic Numinbah Valley. This World Heritage area protects nearly all of Australia's remaining Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Challenge yourself over three days and 54 kilometres from west to east starting at the Green Mountains section and ending at The Settlement. Purchase a topographic map and pack your camping gear in preparation to overnight at three walkers' camp sites at Green Mountains, Woonoongoora and The Settlement camping area (all requiring permits). Pass through ancient volcanic landscape of the Tweed Volcano, rushing streams, plummeting waterfalls, lush rainforest with relicts of Gondwana flora and fauna at Woonoongoora - the place known to the Yugambeh people as 'Queen of the Mountains'. Refer to the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing for further details.

Federation Walk

Multiple Locations
Federation Walk is a 3.5 kilometre pedestrian walkway located on a natural section of the area known as The Spit. Federation Walk begins at a fig tree in the parking lot opposite the entrance to Sea World. The walk continues through patches of rainforest where regular community planting days are held. After leaving the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, the walk continues under the sand bypass jetty and along the pathway to the southern training wall of the Gold Coast Seaway. The tip of the walk is at the end of the Gold Coast ocean way from where you can take in spectacular views of the coastline. The Federation Walk Coastal Reserve is one of the few remaining areas of undeveloped dune system on the Gold Coast and is part of a regionally significant corridor of coastal vegetation. A network of established paths and tracks throughout this beautiful reserve allow for hiking, jogging, cycling, birdwatching or simply sitting under the trees and listening to the birds singing accompanied by the sounds of the ocean.

Cooloola Great Walk

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
The Cooloola Great Walk is located within Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola. The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of Cooloola's outstanding natural attractions. The extensive walking track system winds for up to 102 kilometres through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains. You'll walk over vast sandblows, past perched lakes, along sandy beaches and see views of the long sweeping landscapes of the Cooloola coastline and the Noosa River lakes. The walk is up to 102 kilometres long, takes five full days of walking and offers four walkers-only camps. Do not attempt this 5-day walk without a topographic map. It is of a difficult grade. Please refer to the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website listed above for detailed notes on the Cooloola Great Walk.

Historic Childers Street Walk

Multiple Locations
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.

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.
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.
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