Mapleton Falls National Park

Address: Mapleton QLD 4560 Phone: 1300 130 372 About 105km north of Brisbane, near Mapleton, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Excellent views of Mapleton Falls and the Obi Obi Valley are highlights for visitors to this small but significant remnant of the forests that once covered the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Riparian rainforest and open eucalypt forest communities are protected here. Pencil Creek forms Mapleton Falls, plunging 120m into the valley…

Main Range National Park

Address: Tregony QLD 4370 Phone: 13 74 68 About 110km south-west of Brisbane. Impressive mountain peaks, escarpments and ridges offer breathtaking views in this World Heritage listed park, a home for rare and endangered wildlife and a popular bushwalking destination. Rugged mountain ranges, spectacular lookouts and rare wildlife feature in this prestigious World Heritage-listed park. Main Range National Park covers 29,730ha. A mosaic of vegetation types occurs in the park….

Magnetic Island National Park

Address: Magnetic Island QLD 4819 Phone: 13 74 68 About 8km north-east from Townsville, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Rocky granite headlands and towering hoop pines stand sentinel over tranquil sandy bays on this rugged, mountainous island covered with open eucalypt woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs. The park features spectacular natural landscapes and seascapes including boulder-strewn headlands, hoop pines, high quality sandy beaches and fringing coral…

Lochern National Park

Address: Vergemont QLD 4730 Phone: 1300 130 372 About 150km south-west of Longreach. Flooding rains and devastating drought are the norm here in the heart of “boom and bust” country. Rain nourishes the plains and transforms parched channels into wetlands teeming with life. Lochern has 20km of Thomson River frontage. The park protects 24,300ha of important habitat, with many lagoons and waterholes providing refuge for birds and other wildlife. Lochern’s…

Lizard Island National Park

Address: Lizard Island QLD 4871 Phone: 1300 130 372 About 93km north-east of Cooktown, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The six islands of the Lizard Island National Park lie in a cluster 27km from the coast, 93km north-east of Cooktown. Regular flights operate to Lizard Island from Cairns. Charter flights are also available from Cairns and Cooktown. Private aircraft may land with permission from the resort. Commercial…

Lindeman Islands National Park

Address: Queensland Phone: 1300 130 372 Access is by commercial or private boats or aircraft. Beyond the Whitsunday Passage lies the Lindeman group of islands. Like other islands in the Whitsundays, this group formed when a mountain range was drowned by rising sea levels. Lindeman was formed from the remains of molten rubble spewed from large volcanoes. Smaller islands have a resistant volcanic core while larger islands in the group…

Lamington National Park

Address: Binna Burra QLD 4211 Phone: 13 74 68 About 110km or two hours’ drive south of Brisbane. 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. Declared in 1915, Lamington National Park covers 20,590ha and boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area’s forests, creeks and…

Lakefield National Park

Address: Lakefield QLD 4871 Phone: 13 74 68 340km north-west of Cairns, on Cape York Peninsula. A rich, diverse landscape, this park has coastal estuaries, mangroves and mudflats; wetlands; vast grasslands and woodlands covering the floodplains; and sandstone hills and escarpments in the south. Lakefield National Park is renowned for its vast river systems and spectacular wetlands. In the wet season the Normanby, Morehead and North Kennedy rivers and their…

Lake Bindegolly National Park

Address: Dynevor QLD 4492 Lake Bindegolly is half an hour or 40km east of Thargomindah on the Bulloo Developmental Road. A string of salt and freshwater wetlands at Lake Bindegolly National Park form an important wildlife refuge in the arid zone. The park is home to more than 195 species of birds, 80 other kinds of animals and 300 species of plants. Saline Lakes Bindegolly and Toomaroo and freshwater Lake…

Kroombit Tops National Park

Address: Boyne Valley QLD 4680 Kroombit Tops is 2·5 hours’ drive south-west of Rockhampton via the Bruce Highway, Calliope and the unsealed Tableland Road. Rugged mountain scenery, sandstone cliffs and gorges, creeks, waterfalls and a variety of vegetation types are protected in two adjacent reserves on the 800–900m high Kroombit Tops Plateau. This large protected area is the headwaters for many creeks and a refuge for wildlife including tropical and…