Four of the best day hikes in Queensland

Winter is the perfect time to lace up your boots and hit the trails for a day hike in a Queensland national park.

Whether you’re a local or exploring our state on a road trip, here are some of the best hikes and trails right on our doorstep.

Before you head out, check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Warrie Circuit, Springbrook

Beginning at the Tallanbana Picnic Area, the Warrie Circuit will take you through the subtropical rainforest of Springbrook National Park.

Head downhill into the valley past a number of waterfalls into the lush rainforest. Stop for lunch at the halfway point where the creeks combine before heading back to the top.

On your way up, you’ll have the opportunity to walk behind a waterfall.

The path is well-signed and maintained but take care after rainfall as it can become muddy and slippery. 

Length: 17km (5+ hours)

Hidden highlight: Walk behind a waterfall.

Tip: Look out for leeches after rain.

The Art Gallery, Carnarvon Gorge

Immerse yourself in ancient Aboriginal culture in this walk through lower Carnarvon Gorge. 

Branching off the main gorge track, the Art Gallery is home to a 62m sandstone wall featuring more than 2000 ancient engravings, paintings and stencil art created by Bidjara and Karingbal Aboriginal people.

The stencil art is of international significance using advanced techniques only found in central Queensland.

Length: 10.8km (4 hours) return from the visitor area via the main track.

Hidden highlight: Spot a platypus in the creek.

Tip: Start early and pack plenty of water as most of the walk is in the sun.

Centenary Track, Lamington National Park

Located near O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, the Centenary Track offers scenic views and is suitable for all skill levels. 

Descend through subtropical rainforest along a paved track among tall hoop pines. 

Combine the Centenary Track with the Python Rock Track (3.1km return) or Morans Fall Track (4.4km return) to explore the region further.

Length: 1.8km return (1 hour)

Hidden highlight: Stop at one of the many benches to watch the vibrant native birdlife, including bowerbirds, logrunners and lyrebirds.

Tip: Most of the Centenary Track is wheelchair (assistance may be required) and stroller accessible.

Barker Creek Circuit, Bunya Mountains

Starting from either the Dandabah picnic area or the Paradise Falls car park, this track includes a series of waterfalls before it joins the Scenic Circuit Track. 

The trail weaves among 50m-tall Bunya pine trees which produce massive pinecones that can weigh up to 10kg. The Bunya nut found in the pinecones is featured in local cuisine. 

Add an extra 1.5km (return) to take in the Big Falls Lookout and Barkers Creek gorge. 

Length: 10km (3+ hours)

Highlight: Big Falls waterfall is spectacular after heavy rain.

Tip: Walk in an anti-clockwise direction for less incline.