Seven Queensland national parks you should visit

Our spectacular natural attractions are becoming increasingly popular.

Queenslanders are exploring their state like never before and our network of more than 300 national parks are popular destinations.

The options are varied and there is something to suit all travellers looking to connect with nature.

The list includes remote destinations in the far north and outback and others within easy reach of major cities.

Learn about these seven must-see Queensland national parks: 

Boodjamulla National Park

In Burke Shire (four hours north-west of Mount Isa), you will find an outback oasis at Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

Meaning “rainbow serpent country” in the local Waanyi language, Boodjamulla is home to towering blood-orange sandstone gorges and emerald waters that welcome more than 40,000 visitors each year.

The dense oasis hosts seven walking trails, from 600m to 7km in length, and boasts the Riversleigh World Heritage Site with fossils dating back 15-25 million years.

Canoeing on the still waters of Lawn Hill Creek is a great way to explore the middle and upper gorges.

While home to many resident animals, the area is also an essential corridor for wildlife, particularly migrating birds.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

Porcupine Gorge National Park

Dubbed Australia’s “Little Grand Canyon”, Porcupine Gorge National Park in Flinders Shire, north-west Queensland, is a breathtaking canyon that shows off Australia’s natural beauty with rolling sandstone cliffs.

One stunning section of the gorge features a natural pyramid – a monolith of multi-coloured sandstone that provides a spectacularly scenic lookout.

Porcupine Gorge lookout.

Undara Volcanic National Park

Undara Volcanic National Park, 300km south-west of Cairns, is home to a 190,000-year-old volcano and one of the longest lava tube cave systems in the world.

Meaning “long way” in the local Indigenous language, Undara offers guided tours and is home to lush rainforest and thriving population of animals.

For a wonderful overnight stay, you can also sleep cocooned in an antique railway carriage nestled within the national park.

Undara Lava Tubes.

Bladensburg National Park

Near Winton, Bladensburg National Park gives off Jurassic Park vibes with its impressive flat-topped plateaus, sandstone ranges, river red gums, and a variety of wildlife, including emus, kangaroos, native marsupial mice and many species of birds.

Hot tip: Scrammy Gorge is a stunning natural sight. The site can only be accessed by high-clearance vehicles – a four-wheel-drive is recommended.

Bladensburg National Park near Winton.

Lamington National Park

Just 100km from Brisbane, or 45km from the Gold Coast, Lamington National Park is a green sanctuary with waterfalls and multiple hiking trails.

Lamington is also home to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and luxury glamping at Nightfall Camp. 
You can explore the park by utilising one of Australia’s best networks of walking tracks which cover about 130km and range from 30-minute excursions to full-day hikes.

Carnarvon National Park

Carnarvon National Park is an outback oasis boasting towering sandstone cliffs, deep gorges, green-fringed creeks, prehistoric cycads, more than 2000 examples of Indigenous rock art and is home to more than 170 species of birds, 60 different mammals, 22 kinds of frogs and 90 types of reptiles.

With day or overnight trip walking tours, and options to explore by helicopter, camping and glamping, this stunning national park has something to

Carnarvon National Park.

Noosa National Park

There is something special about Noosa National Park. Spanning 2883ha, it is an adventure filled with stunning fairy pools, coastal walks, hidden beaches and beautiful lookouts. 

Visitors should keep their eyes peeled on the treetops for koalas or be on the lookout for whales and dolphins before arriving at Tea Tree Bay for a swim or surf.

Noosa National Park,