Queensland's great walking options a natural attraction

Get away from the daily hustle and bustle with a walk in the great outdoors.

Bushwalking has become increasingly popular with holidaymakers who see the great outdoors as an antidote to life’s every-day stresses.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said visitor participation in bushwalking and similar activities had increased by nearly a third over the past five years.

“The popularity of multi-day, nature walks has been a trend for some years and a number of prominent examples in Australia and overseas have further raised both consumer and investor interests in this growing market,” Mr Gschwind said.

“Now, perhaps more than ever, a growing number of visitors want to engage with and explore the intact and pristine environments that are on offer in national parks.”

Queensland boasts an array of walks through national parks across the state.

They range from short walks suitable for all fitness levels, to more challenging hikes and multi-day adventures.

The multi-day hikes are from two to eight days and include a series of spectacular journeys for hiking enthusiasts known as Great Walks.

The Great Walks are in more remote environments and attention should be given to weather conditions and the recommended safety guidelines from the Department of Environment and Science before setting out.

The department recommends walkers choose a national park and track that suits the time they have, fitness levels and experience.

Walkers are also advised to look after the environment while on their journey.

Following is a list of some of Queensland’s Great Walks with details on what they offer hikers.

Conondale Range

Ancient rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, tall open forest, and expansive views. This Great Walk offers half-day walks through to the full four-day 56 km circuit walk.

Cooloola

The Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the recreation area's outstanding natural attractions. Up to 102km long, this extensive walking track system winds through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Warm subtropical rainforest, tall open eucalypt forest and picturesque waterfalls in secluded areas of the Blackall Range feature on this 58.8km, four-day walk, with bush camp sites. Day visitors can access short half-day and full-day walks within the Great Walk route.

Gold Coast Hinterland

Follow footsteps from the past and discover the magic of walking on an ancient volcano, through the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area’s rainforests and feel the landscapes’ spirit.

Carnarvon

Walk the trails of the Carnarvon Great Walk to experience a remote and beautiful landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, sweeping tablelands and shaded side-gorges.

K'gari (Fraser Island)

Everyone can enjoy the K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk. While the 90km Great Walk takes six to eight days to complete, shorter and easier walks are also available. These range from easy strolls to half-day and full-day trips. Explore the world's largest sand island on foot and discover ever-changing landscapes, stunning scenery and fascinating natural and cultural heritage.

Scenic Rim Trail

Hike through World Heritage-listed forests along the cliff-rimmed escarpment of an ancient volcano, taking in stunning views over the valleys and impressive peaks of south east Queensland’s Scenic Rim.

Mackay Highlands

Cool and cloudy rainforest, towering trees, dense palm groves, and dramatic cliffs, peaks and spires—experience all these on the 56 km Mackay Highlands Great Walk.

Juwun and Jambal walks, Wet Tropics Great Walk

Spectacular gorges, towering cliffs, rugged countryside and dry rainforest-clad ridges; discover all this on the Juwun (Herbert River Gorge) and Jambal (snake) walks.

Thorsborne Trail

Rugged Hinchinbrook Island has cloud-covered mountains, fragile heath vegetation, lush rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and mangrove fringes. The Thorsborne Trail explores the eastern side of the island.

Source: Department of Environment and Science

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