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Mount Barney

Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit.
Mount Barney is one of Queensland's highest and most impressive peaks, and is part of the Scenic Rim and Mount Barney National Park. The Park encompasses the largest area of undisturbed natural vegetation remaining in South East Queensland. The mountain's sheer rugged peaks, caves, crevices and steep unforgiving landscape are best suited to experienced bushwalkers and rock climbers. At the base of the mountain, easier tracks can be found taking walkers to pristine rock pools and lush rainforest.

The eastern face of the mountain is a sheer 300 metre cliff, presenting a meaty challenge for the country's best rock climbers. Abseilers also regularly test their mettle on nearby escarpments.

The mountain is home to rare and important species including platypus, kingfishers, Coxen's Fig Parrot, robins, rock wallabies, kangaroos and many birds of prey. Vegetation is varied and includes eucalypt forest, River she-oaks, bottlebrushes, Golden Silky oaks, patches of rainforest and Antarctic Beech Forest.

The mountains and valleys around Mount Barney are the traditional homes of the Mununjali, Githabul and Yugambeh people. The mountain is considered sacred to these people and before European settlement corroborees would be held around the bora ring at the bottom of nearby Mount Ernest.

Accommodation options in the area range from friendly farm stays to cabins and limited camping.

Mt Barney is approximately two hours by car south west from Brisbane via Beaudesert and Rathdowney.

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Bees on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies.

Birdwatching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Keswick Island is a bird watcher's paradise. The island is home to many different bird species, with sightings of at least 33 different birds documented to date - an impressive variety for an island of Keswick's size.

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations.

Whale Watching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Humpback Whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September. Seeing the whales frolicking nearby, or guiding a newborn calf through the protected waters of Egremont Passage, is a truly magical experience.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status.

Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township.

Fairey Reef

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Situated on the Great Barrier Reef, Fairey Reef has a number of excellent dive sites popular with local dive operators. Sites such as Henry's Bommie, Little Fairey Inlet, The Shoals and Tina's Arm are all at Fairey Reef.

Crediton State Forest

Dalrymple Heights, Mackay Area
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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. In Crediton State Forest, dry eucalypt forests contrast with lush pockets of rainforest and dramatic views.

Hardy Reef

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Hardy Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef off Airlie Beach, is home to the Reefworld Pontoon. There is spectacular fish life with Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper and a host of smaller marine life as well as Giant Maori Wrasse and a two metre long Giant Queensland Groper that usually congregate for a free feed.

Cape Palmerston National Park

Ilbilbie, Isaac Area
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Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. Within its 7200 hectare expanse, this park protects a range of plant communities and threatened animals.
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