Queensland

Queensland is a large state with a humid, warm climate for much of the year. Most areas are covered in thick rainforest. Permits are needed for camping in all national parks and booking well in advance is advised for popular places. The main walking season is winter.

Lamington: A well-known national park which is an elevated plateau covered in thick tropical vegetation. Major features are the vegetation and high waterfalls. An extensive track system exists across the park providing many good one-day walks and some easy overnight trips. For those prepared to leave the tracks there are many overnight walks available in the western and southern ends of the park.

Border Ranges: A large national park inland from Lamington. There are very few marked tracks and many good walks following rough routes for experienced walkers.

Mt Barney: The highest mountain in southern Queensland. This is a rugged peak with many cliffs and bare rock slabs. There is a wide variety of routes leading to the summit, with none really easy. While day walks are possible, most trips are two days or longer, and longer trips are possible by visiting neighbouring mountains.

Main Range: A narrow park containing a strip of rugged mountains. The range is generally trackless and suited for experienced overnight walkers.

Girraween, Bald Rock and Sundown: Three national parks dominated by granite. There are many easier one-day walks and a wide scope of overnight off-track walks.

Carnarvon Gorge: Located well inland, this deep gorge has many caves and aboriginal art sites. The lower gorge has good tracks for one-day walks. For multi-day walks, the upper gorge and plateau provide interesting off-track walking.

Fraser Island: Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, featuring dunes and perched lakes. There is a three-day circuit walk in the island’s centre, many short one-day walks, and a trackless national park for exploring at the north end of the island.

Cooloola: A national park just south of Fraser Island. The 46 km wilderness trail is the most popular walk. There are other walks, both one day and overnight in the park on an extensive track system.

Hinchinbrook Island: The largest island national park in Australia. A marked track known as the Thorsborne Trail follows the east coast. This is an interesting and popular four- to five-day walk. Permits are required.

Bellenden Ker: This contains Mt Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland, located just south of Cairns. This is the wettest area of Australia and fine sunny days are rare. There are good tracks to the summit and also in the nearby valleys providing both one- and two-day walks.

Cape York: The most northern tip of Australia is an extensive wilderness area with few tracks. Provides adventurous, extended trips for experienced walkers.