Glass House Mountains National Park

Address: Glass House Mountains QLD 4518 Phone: 13 74 68 About 70km or one hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Craggy volcanic peaks tower above pine plantations, eucalypt forests and open fields. Walking tracks ranging from easy to very challenging – lead to peaks and lookouts offering panoramic views. Craggy volcanic peaks tower over a scenic patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. Many of the peaks are protected in…

Girringun National Park

Address: Lumholtz QLD 4849 Phone: 13 74 68 Mt Fox is 75km south-west of Ingham. Take the Trebonne Road from Ingham to the Wallaman Falls/Mt Fox turnoff at Trebonne. About 20km from the park in the Mount Fox Forest Reserve, a lookout provides views across the valley. Mt Fox is a dormant volcano which erupted violently 100,000 years ago, spewing thick molten magma over the surrounding landscape. Today, rocks known…

Girraween National Park

Address: Pyramids Rd, Ballandean QLD 4382 Phone: (07) 4684 5157 On the Queensland-NSW border, 260km south-west of Brisbane, halfway between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield. Massive granite boulders that tower above forests and heaths, spectacular wildflower displays in spring and an exceptionally wide variety of wildlife can be found in Girraween National Park. Girraween National Park is a park of massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders and clear tumbling cascades. Golden wattles, yellow,…

Fort Lytton National Park

Address: South St & Lytton Road, Lytton QLD 4178 Phone: (07) 3393 4647 At Lytton, in Brisbane, on the southern bank of the Brisbane River. Fort Lytton is an important historic site. Built in 1881 and used for the defence of Brisbane until the end of the Second World War, it is a pentagonal fortress concealed behind grassy embankments. Fort Lytton is one of several coastal fortifications built along Australia’s…

Fitzroy Island National Park

Address: Fitzroy Island QLD 4871 Phone: 13 74 68 Twenty-nine kilometres south-east from Cairns. Fitzroy Island National Park is rugged and diverse with granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. Close to the north Queensland mainland, Fitzroy Island National Park is rugged and diverse with granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. This high continental island was connected to the mainland before sea levels rose. For…

Family Islands National Park (Dunk Island)

Address: Dunk QLD 4852 Phone: 1300 555 727 About 130km south-east of Cairns, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. A chain of stunningly scenic continental islands, close to the Wet Tropics coast near Mission Beach, clad in lush rainforest and woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs, tidal flats and sandy beaches. The lush, green, gently-rising hills of the Family Islands contrast greatly with the jagged and lofty profile…

Eurimbula National Park

Address: Eurimbula QLD 4677 Phone: 1300 130 372 About 112km north-west of Bundaberg. On this picturesque coastline, Cook made his first landing in Queensland and botanist Joseph Banks collected plants. Botanically rich, the parks protect both tropical rainforests and coastal mangroves. A 4WD vehicle is recommended after heavy rain as the road may become boggy and includes several creek crossings. Access is unsuitable for caravans.

Eungella National Park

Address: Eungella Hinterland QLD 4741 Phone: 1300 130 372 About 80km west of Mackay. High above the surrounding plains, this mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge is one of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks with 860 plant species and a wonderful variety of wildlife.

Eubenangee Swamp National Park

Address: Eubenangee QLD 4860 Take the Bruce Highway south from Cairns to Miriwinni. Drive east along the Bramston Beach Road then turn south onto Cartwright Road and follow this road to the park entrance. One of the wettest areas in Queensland is the coastal lowlands east of the Bellenden Ker Range. Eubenangee Swamp National Park protects seasonal coastal wetlands here around the Alice River, an important habitat for waterbirds. Eubenangee…

Edmund Kennedy National Park

Address: Bilyana QLD 4854 200km south of Cairns, 170km north of Townsville and 5km north of Cardwell. Wetlands, mangroves and fine views of Hinchinbrook and nearby islands feature in this coastal park, where you can watch birds, picnic by the sea and walk through forest and mangroves to the beach. This section of coastline has changed little since explorer Edmund Kennedy passed this way during his ill-fated expedition to Cape…