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Lake Awoonga

Benaraby, Gladstone Area

Whether you're looking for a place to splash, fish or relax Lake Awoonga is a nature lover's paradise.

The Lake is stocked with Barra, Saratoga and Sea Mullet. If you happen to reel in a Mangrove Jack consider yourself lucky as they're a rare find.

There are a range of ways to experience this environmental gem just 30 kilometres from Gladstone, bring your own boat, or hire a boat or Kayak from Lake Awoonga Boating and Leisure Hire, day cruise or just make the most of the natural surrounds by taking a walk, a dip or lazing under the shade of the trees.

Spectacular lake and mountain views, picturesque waterfalls, walking paths, barbecue area and playground are all part of what's on offer.

Ornithologists, twitchers and birders can look out for the Southern Squatter Pigeon and the Red Goshawk (listed as having conservation significance) and is one of the largest and important near-coast bird refuges in South East Queensland.

This area is home to a thriving array of native animals, both by day and night like the Whiptail or pretty-face wallaby, Yellow-Bellied Glider or Grey-headed Flying Fox. You might even spot a Koala so look up!

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.
Lake Awoonga
Benaraby, Gladstone Area
Queensland
Australia

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Hallorans Hill Conservation Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
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This park, in the middle of the township of Atherton, protects eucalypt forest and a remnant of the endangered mabi forest on an extinct volcanic cone. The cone is part of the legacy of the Atherton Tableland's fiery geological past.

Hasties Swamp National Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
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Wongabel State Forest

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This state forest protects a remnant of an endangered type of forest, known as mabi forest. Here, in 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace mature trees which had been logged. Commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine now grow beside native forest.

Specimen Hill Lookout

Herberton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
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Mt Hypipamee Crater and Dinner Falls

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
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Atherton Tablelands

Atherton, Tablelands Area
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Herberton

Herberton, Tablelands Area
This historic tin mining town on the banks of the Wild River is the oldest town on the Atherton Tablelands. Buildings include a wonderful collection of Queensland architectural styles, from churches to public buildings and large houses with wide verandahs.

Tolga

Tolga, Tablelands Area
Tolga is within approximately eight kilometres from Atherton, travelling through the rainforest canopied Kennedy Highway. Tolga presents a quaint little town with good examples of early Queensland architecture.
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