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Heron Island

Among the music of seabirds, tracks of turtles and multi-coloured clouds of fish, the feeling that you're a guest of nature itself is inescapable at Heron Island.

Reef walking, viewing underwater life from semi-submersible, watching the sun set over the ocean - you become part of a community caught up in the timeless evolution of the world's largest living thing - the Great Barrier Reef.

Like much of the Southern Great Barrier Reef it is a coral cay with clear, aquamarine ocean meeting a horizon of blue skies and you will be able to soak in gorgeous sunrises and sunsets during your stay.
Instead of the famous five you can tick off nature's famous eight here - turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, gropers, clown fish, Maori Wrasse, Humpback Whales (June to October) and dolphins.

If you look to the skies instead of the sea for the bird life there is a diverse list of species permanently calling the island home with some special guests who migrate and breed annually including the Black Noddy, Bridled Tern and Wedge-tailed Shearwater.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting during turtle season (November to March) you may see the distinctive tracks leading to a mumma turtle laying her clutches of eggs or the manic eruption of a nest with babies taking their first swim in the big blue yonder.

This is a scuba divers paradise with 20 sites easily accessible from Heron Island including the famous Heron Bommie and you can snorkel right off your doorstep in this piece of island paradise.

Heron Island is easily accessible via ferry transfer departing daily from Gladstone Marina or if you want to tick a scenic flight surveying this special part of the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list, you can catch a seaplane from the airport to kick off your stay.

You might stay three days or a week or maybe more, but this Great Barrier Reef destination with its amazing eco-system will leave a special imprint on your soul for years to come.

Heron Island
Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic.

Mapleton Forest Reserve

Mapleton, Sunshine Coast Area
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In Mapleton Forest Reserve, Mapleton Forest Drive winds through deep forest, past Cooloolabin Dam, to Point Glorious lookout where great coastal and hinterland views await. Picnic at the Mapleton day-use area near Cedar Creek’s headwaters or camp at Gheerulla Creek.

Gardners Falls

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
Leave your vehicle in the car park on the banks of the Obi Obi Creek and take a short, level walk downstream to Gardners Falls.  You’ll pass a number of shallow rock pools which are ideal for smaller children who just want to splash about.

Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 25
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions.

Kondalilla National Park

Montville, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
A refuge for many species of native animals and plants, Kondalilla National Park is a popular place for birdwatchers and nature photographers as well as bushwalkers. With a magnificent waterfall, rock pools and freshwater creeks - is it any wonder the park gets its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'rushing waters'?

Buderim Falls

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast –just 15 minutes from the coast. With its towering trees, meandering tracks and stunning waterfall, this sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which promises to delight with its tranquility and beauty.

Conondale National Park

Conondale, Noosa Area
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Conondale National Park forms the heart of an extensive area of unspoilt mountain scenery in the Conondale Range. With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park and the adjacent State forest offer scenic drives, picnic areas and a choice of four grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams.

Noosa Everglades

Como, Noosa Area
The Noosa Everglades are one of only two Everglades in the world. For the ultimate in serene tranquility, the area is best explored on an eco-cruise or in a kayak. Marvel at the reflections of the flora on the banks of the water that appear like a mirage.

Delicia Road Conservation Park

Mapleton, Sunshine Coast Area
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Delicia Road Conservation Park on the scenic Blackall Range is a small park protecting remnant forest communities. It is a refuge for wildlife and a special place where visitors can enjoy a peaceful native forest.
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