The Sandstone Wilderness strays from the Great Dividing Range to the turquoise coastline of Capricorn, producing rugged landscapes and picturesque headlands decorated with rainforest remnants and Indigenous rock paintings.
Carnarvon Gorge National Park
carves through ancient white sandstone, leaving imposing cliffs and impressive gorges in its wake. Waterfalls wind down to secret pools and some of Australia’s best Indigenous stencil art provides a backdrop for rare wildlife.
Rising abruptly out of flat plains to form a 600-metre sandstone plateau, Blackdown Tablelands has the element of surprise down to an art – and speaking of art, it has that too. Succumb to the view from Horseshoe Lookout as it steals your breath right out of your body, then wind your way along walking trails that lead to creeks and cave paintings.
At Capricorn National Park
, rocky outcrops formed by violent volcanic eruptions provide a lookout to a much more serene scene of turtles swimming in the blue waters of Keppel Bay