The Best Of Queensland Walking Trails
Some of Australia's most picturesque and enjoyable bushwalking experiences occur within the state of Queensland.
There is a diverse choice of trails available in South East Queensland with its sweeping coastlines, pristine rainforests, mountains, waterfalls and vast plains all within easy driving distance from Brisbane.
The majority of Queensland's national parks are in the coastal belt that runs along the east coast of the state. The climate is such that most times of the year are perfect for enjoying some of the most beautiful and hidden treasures the sunshine state has to offer.
Take the drive along the coast to Cairns via Townsville and Rockhampton and stop off along the way at incredible camping grounds and hiking tracks that are just waiting to be discovered.
Hiring a campervan or motorhome is a great way to have the freedom to choose when and where to stop and how long to stay. Avid bush walkers find this is one of the best ways to get from one park to another in comfort.
Always plan an itinerary with enough time to make changes along the way. You will also need to plan ahead if you are camping, with permits required in most of the National Parks.
Located not far from Cairns in the tropical north, Mount Bartle Frere is Queensland’s highest mountain. It is more for the advanced bushwalker and rewards climbers with incredible panoramic views. You will need to allow a few days to reach the top. Further to the north are extended walks in the famous Daintree Rainforest that take a few days.
Port Hinchinbrook and Hinchinbrook Island lie just off the coast south of Cairns and there are approximately 30 different trails. Both islands are large national parks and offer walks for all levels of fitness, from one day walks to five day hikes.
The Carnarvon Gorge site has excellent walks for the whole family. You can set off straight from the campground to see wonderful panoramic views and natural rock formations. It takes about nine hours from Brisbane via Roma to reach the site, and an extended stay is recommended to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a true oasis in the heart of the outback.
South East Queensland
South east Queensland offers her visitors a myriad of National Parks and one of the highlights is Fraser Island, the 4WD camper capital of Australia, and well worth visiting for spectacular scenery and long walks.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, Mount Barney is the highest mountain in South Queensland. It lies in the Scenic Rim region south west of Brisbane near the NSW border. Pitch camp at the base and set of for a day or two to enjoy a diversity of terrain as you head up to the summit.
This is not a climb for beginners with some sections being quite steep. However the views from the summit makes the trek worthwhile. Family treks usually just take in the lower portals on day trips, which is still a trek taking close to two hours, but worth it for the rest at the rock pools.
Some incredible walks are available in the Great Sandy National Park on the Sunshine Coast. The crystal clear streams running through pristine white sands is a park feature, and there are a number of excellent camping grounds available in the Rainbow Beach area and across to Fraser Island.
The Cooloola Wilderness Trail is the most popular walk in this area, being a three day walk from start to finish. The trail traverses some of the best rainforest and freshwater sections of the park and is well worth the visit.
Up on the elevated Sunshine Coast Hinterland is The Hinterland Great Walk between Mapleton forest and Montville which offers visitors some breathtaking mountain scenery and includes the famous Kondalilla Falls. You can enjoy this walk in sections or complete the full seven hour walk over a few days.
Visitors looking for a lot of walks in one area will find the Lamington National Park is a great choice. Located at the southern end of Queensland near the New South Wales border, this park is one of the best choices that caters to all fitness levels.
There is an abundance of birdlife and wildlife, and the park includes an extensive rainforest area. There are a number of shorter walks leading to some incredible look-out points plus there are a number of overnight walks for hikers and bushwalkers looking for something more challenging.
This article touches briefly on only a very small selection of some of the incredible walking tracks available throughout Queensland. Choose a few and plan a family campervan holiday around them. Get outdoors and enjoy nature at its best in spectacular Queensland surroundings.
Author: Jenny Brewer (Discovery Campers)