Queensland’s national and marine parks offer truly authentic and inspiring experiences. With red sandy deserts, lush tropical rainforests, deep blue oceans and everything in between, there’s an adventure out there that’s just right for you. Maybe it’s one of these…
Head three hours’ drive west of Cairns and enter the eerie depths of echoing caves. Spectacular underground caverns, looming stalagmites, Aboriginal rock art and ancient marine fossils are just some of the Instagram-worthy wonders you’ll discover at Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. Choose from ranger-led tours or self-guided cave walks.
Perhaps you’d prefer a unique seaside wildlife encounter. Witness nesting and hatching turtles over the summer months at Bundaberg’s Mon Repos Conservation Park on a ranger-guided night time experience. Picture yourself on the beach under the stars, with a front row seat as these huge creatures heave their way up the beach to dig a nest and lay their eggs, or delight in the sight of tiny hatchlings emerging from their sandy nests to scurry down the beach towards the sea. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!
Indulge your wanderlust and escape into the Gondwana rainforests of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland. More than a place of natural beauty, its exceptional ecological importance means it is also a World Heritage site. With a vast network of walking tracks there’s sure to be a walk that suits you. That’s ‘leg day’ taken care of! Want to stay longer? With a campground, hot showers and even a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lamington National Park has everything you need for a great escape.
You will also find the David Fleay Wildlife Park nestled in a lush oasis on the fun-filled Gold Coast. Get face to face with a cassowary, commune with the kangaroos and feel feathers brush the top of your head during the ‘Fleay’s in Flight’ bird show! With dingoes, crocodiles, platypus, a nocturnal house and much more, this is the hidden gem you’ve been looking for.
Life-changing moments await you in Queensland’s national parks.