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.
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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.
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