Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the Gold Coast’s leading native wildlife, adventure and coastal rainforest experience.
The Sanctuary is an Advanced Eco-Tourism Certified and Queensland heritage listed property where you can get closer to hundreds of native Australian animals. You can cuddle a koala, pat a kangaroo and experience the wild Rainbow Lorikeet Feeding.
Experience one of our 13 daily shows including free flight bird show, the Australiana Show and our Croc show or ride our famous train.
Aboriginal and Islander dancers perform in daily shows and tours, plus much more including the Green Challenge Adventure Parc, an exhilarating 65 challenge tree-tops ropes course.
After dark Currumbin comes alive with the Gold Coast’s only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dinner show called Yanguwah.
Transfers are available from Gold Coast Airport and Surfers Paradise bookings are essential.
Pacific Fair is one of the oldest and biggest shopping centres on the Gold Coast with hundreds of shops dedicated to fashion, electronics, food and more!
Tandem Cairns in the Tropical North is a spectacular location for a Tandem Skydive and your extreme adventure. Land on your own exclusive beach, the closet beach landing to Cairns. Free return transfers daily.
Tandem Cairns in the Tropical North is a spectacular location for a Tandem Skydive and your extreme adventure. Land on your own exclusive beach, the closet beach landing to Cairns. Free return transfers daily.
Adventure joins nature at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain less than an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. Choose from a range of exciting adventures and on-site accommodation on this 112-hectare rainforest playground. It’s fun for all the family and there is something to suit all age groups.
Hunt for gemstone filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Take the Adventure Parc challenge, its Australia’s highest and longest adventure ropes course; do battle with Laser Skirmish, a fun experience in a jungle setting. Relax in the rainforest, go bushwalking, horse trail riding or swim in the rock pools.
Thunderbird Park is a wildlife and geological oasis. Find treasure in the world's largest thunderegg mine. Thundereggs range from a few grams to over 600 kilograms. Most are filled with agate and other quartz varieties. The mine is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 3.30pm, every day during Queensland Public School Holidays and all public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The admission price includes a mining permit, a pick, shovel, and a bucket to hold the treasure.
The ropes course offers a range of challenges from relatively easy to very strenuous. Choose your challenge and enjoy hours of high adventure. Hang on to the ropes and take a flying fox ride through towering eucalyptus trees, crawl through tunnels, play action movie jungle games and tumble through the air. Choose from a range of adventure games. The course is open to adults and children (height requirements apply). Jump suits and harnesses are supplied, covered footwear must be worn. The ropes course is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, phone 5545 1468 for bookings.
Laser Skirmish is a fun outdoor activity for all ages. It’s like paintball but without the paint (or the pain). Zap your mates with a laser beam in this tactical combat game. Kit up in camouflage gear and face paint. Laser Skirmish games are challenging but safe. Join in a public session or book a private party. It’s great for birthday parties, end of year school break-ups, corporate events, and field trips. Open sessions at Thunderbird Park every Saturday afternoon, bookings essential. Visit www.laserskirmish.com.au or phone 1300 666 559.
Go horse trail riding through mountain rainforest and bushland. Gentle horses take riders on a fun filled adventure; rides are suitable for beginners and experienced riders. Friendly guides escort groups of up to 12 riders. Bookings essential, phone 5545 1468.
Self-catering lodges suit couples, families, and larger groups. Get back to nature, pitch a tent on a large, shady site, or book a landscaped caravan site. Prices suit all budgets. Enjoy the rainforest greenery and the trickle of the rock pools. Meet the friendly wildlife and colourful birds. Breakfast with the birds; enjoy a cold drink and a pizza from the wood-fired oven on The Terrace, its open every day of the week. The onsite Rainforest Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights.
Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery operated by Mackay Regional Council which provides the community and its visitors with access to a wide range of cultural services including:
- An ever-changing program of international standard touring and curated exhibitions of visual arts and social history
- Access to the Mackay Regional Council Collection of artists' books and prints through the Tate Adams Reading Room, with presentations, displays and exhibitions
- Public and educational programs including art classes, workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars, performances, presentations, guided tours and events
- A multi-purpose functions venue for meetings. seminars, functions and events
Marina Mirage is Queensland's finest waterfront shopping and dining resort.
Marina Mirage is situated on the Gold Coast, directly opposite the five star Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa and is adjacent to the worlds first Palazzo Versace Hotel.
Marina Mirage offers award winning restaurants, designer boutiques filled with the world's top fashion labels, specialty stores overflowing with elegant homewares, gifts and exceptional artwork.
Open daily with free admission the iconic Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions.
Discover our story of ginger from paddock to plate and see how Buderim Ginger have become the largest processor of ginger in the world.
Experience the fascinating world of bees with our live bee show then taste our sensational varieties of honey.
Go Overboard with the gingerbread man as you set out on an exciting water voyage visiting hundreds of puppets from every port of the world.
Ride Moreton our 100 year old Ginger train as you relax in our open air carriage and enjoy our beautiful gardens.
The Ginger Factory is the perfect place to experience the authentic taste of Queensland with great shopping along with a fantastic café featuring modern Australian cuisine surrounded by acres of beautiful tropical gardens & walks.
Overboard Boat Ride
Family: $ 44.00
The Factory Tour
The Live Bee Show
Tour Double Deal – Includes the Factory tour and the Live Bee Show
Ride Double Deal – Includes the Ginger Train and the Overboard Boat Ride
Superpass – Includes all rides and attractions
Just 60 minutes north of Brisbane Airport. Follow the Bruce Highway (M1) to the Yandina/Coolum exit and follow the signs.
Explore the Sunshine Coast with our mini-coach tours. Go whale watching, see the crocodiles being fed at Australia Zoo, cuddle a koala or just pat a friendly kangaroo. Sample some great taste treats at the Nutworks and Ginger factory.
Our modern air conditioned coaches visit all the best places on the Sunshine Coast including Noosa, Mooloolaba, Montville, Eumundi Markets and the Hinterland
Storeyline Tours is a 100% Queensland owned family business operated by Ralph and Sue Storey with more than 30 years conducting coach tours throughout Australia.
When you next visit Queensland, come and share your Sunshine Coast tour with us. Join one of our coach tours and allow us to show you why we think the Coast, tourist attractions and it\'s Hinterland is the most fascinating and beautiful part of Australia.
Established in 1990, the Hervey Bay Go Kart Track has been keeping both locals and tourists entertained for years.
A family run business, we offer great prices, deals and memories to last a lifetime.
Whether you're looking to keep the grandkids entertained, throw an adrenaline-pumped bucks party or just try something new and exciting, you'll love it!
Aside from our single karts, we also offer tandem karts with dual steering so you can teach the little ones how to handle the corners before they graduate to a single kart (once they meet the age and height requirements) or even just to get them used to the track before they go it alone!
We have a kiosk supplying cold drinks, ice-creams, chips, lollies & a barbeque is available for larger gatherings and group bookings.
Located on the Hervey Bay Maryborough road, you can't miss our 650 metre long bitumen track and 120 metre long waterslide running down the side of the hill.
Nestled within the tranquil Botanic Gardens and adjacent to the Murray Lagoon, the Rockhampton Zoo is home to more than 50 species of native and exotic animals. It’s the perfect place for families to see magnificent and cheeky creatures, great and small in their natural surroundings and best of all it’s free to visit.
You can view our most intimidating resident, the ‘Colonel’ saltwater crocodile, or get up close to our koalas, kangaroos and the exotic lion tailed macaques. As you walk through the zoo you will be sure to come across our most loveable residents, the Chimpanzees. Always found roaming around their giant enclosure, their daily feeding show with the zoo keepers are just part of the reason why visitors keep returning to this special part of Rockhampton.
You’ll also find animals native to Central Queensland and observe the purpose built homes of wombats, Frank, Katie and Donna. A day at the Rockhampton Zoo is the perfect outing for families!
Keeper talks and feedings begin at 2.45pm and go through to 3.30pm. Please see zoo signage for details on the day.
Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is nestled on over 100 acres of natural Australian bushland, and is home to 1,200 native and exotic animals.
Check out giraffe, rhinos, cheetah and zebras on the African Savannah, plus Sumatran Tigers, Bengal Tigers and red pandas in South-East Asia. And be sure to visit the newly opened Bindi’s Island, where guests can get up close with ring-tailed lemurs, giant Aldabran Tortoises and colourful macaws!
Grab a good seat for the midday Wildlife Warriors show, where you can catch all the slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping action of our snakes, birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum.
You can also learn heaps about our amazing animals by booking in for one of our animal encounters or checking out the other daily shows on offer. And don’t forget to say hello to all the roving wildlife around the zoo too!
Visit us at Australia Zoo to experience Australia’s ultimate wildlife adventure and conservation destination.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is a living museum of plant collections, displaying early heritage specimens through to present day exotic and native plantings. It is considered to be one of the most important non-indigenous cultural landscapes in Queensland and is recognised for its natural and historic values. In addition to the plant collections, there are a number of significant heritage features.
Walk through the beautiful Brisbane City Botanic Gardens accompanied by a Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guide. Tours are offered twice daily, (except Sundays, public holidays and mid-December to mid-January). Walks last approximately one hour. Meet at 11.00am or 1.00pm at the Rotunda opposite the Albert Street gates. You can also visit Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, situated on Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong.
Deepwater National Park offers peaceful, vehicle-free beaches, important turtle breeding grounds and varied vegetation. Nature lovers will enjoy the range of animals and plants that call this park home. After dark, between January and April, witness turtle hatchings. Explore rock pools at Wreck Rock and picnic or camp at the shady campsite behind the dunes. Bush camping is allowed at Middle Rock.
This park protects sandy beaches, diverse coastal lowland vegetation and the catchment of near-pristine Deepwater Creek, one of Queensland’s few remaining undisturbed coastal freshwater streams
Visit the Historical Proserpine Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of this sugar cane and cattle town. The establishment of a permanent museum in the Whitsunday region was a major initiative with strong support throughout the whole community. The facility is a multi-purpose venue, which houses the museum collection, and offers the opportunity for genealogical and extensive local history research. It affords educational benefits to their youth and has been embraced as a cultural centre for their local arts and crafts and travelling exhibitions. The museum will 'Bridge the Decades since Federation' with historical thought-provoking displays which showcase the most significant achievements of this region during the last century.
The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery is the caretaker of the Bundaberg Regional Council Collection on behalf of the community of Bundaberg and the Bundaberg Regional Council. The Arts Gallery's role is to develop preservation and conservation plans and practices to ensure the future protection of this Collection and to make it accessible to the Bundaberg and district community through exhibitions and public display.
The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection is comprised of four sub-collections which amount to over 400 works across all art forms. The Collection sub-sections include: The Dr Egmont Schmidt Memorial Collection, The Bundaberg Regional Council Corporate Collection ( which now includes the former Burnett, Isis and Kolan collections), The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery Collection and the Bundaberg Public Art Collection.
Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this World Heritage-listed park an outstanding place to visit.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
Located just off the Tropical North Queensland coast of Cairns, Australia, the reef is an awe-inspiring underwater spectacle of brilliantly coloured corals and more than 10,000 diverse and unique marine species.
At Sunlover Reef Cruises, we have had the pleasure of introducing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the magic of the Great Barrier Reef through our express daily luxury cruises from Cairns.
We love the reef and we love showing it off. We would love to show you too.
We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.
Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.
After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.
Discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half's drive of Brisbane.
D'Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) totals approximately 36,000 ha, protecting the core of the D'Aguilar Range’s vast bushland area.
Are you looking for thrills and spills? Then you’ve found it all at Aussie World – slap bang in the middle of the Sunshine Coast on the Bruce Highway.
There are rides that will get you soaked! There are rides that will make you green and dizzy! There are simulators and slides, bumps and coasters! And of course there is the Aussie charm of the Ettamogah Pub.
With so many thrilling rides and games we're a FANTASTIC day out for the entire family!
Welcome to the Crazy Joker!
Blazing Saddles is the longest established horse riding and quad bike tour company in Far North Queensland. Locally owned and operated, it is now located only 10 minutes from both Cairns and Northern Beaches to suit even the most time conscious visitor or perfect for a soft adventure activity for the whole family!
Blazing Saddles is now a working sugar cane farm and the property also boasts an 18 acre billabong which is abundant with native birds and amphibious creatures of all shapes and sizes! You will also meet our resident geese, peacocks and ducks, perhaps even spot a crocodile!
They cater for large groups as well as the corporate and incentive market making these activities great for team building ideas.
At DFO Cairns, you can buy all your favourite brands without the big price tag, in an accessible location and with ample free parking.
Since opening in 2008, the people of Cairns have really embraced the concept and the centre is now home to a stack of leading brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Oroton, Quiksilver, Skechers, Williams Outlet and Guess; all up to 70% OFF original retail prices.
Stores at DFO can heavily discount as they offer discontinued lines, previous season's stock, current end of season lines and special purchases.
The centre also has a fully appointed food court and a wide range of services including a beauty salon, post office, pharmacy, newsagent, bank and Coles Supermarket.
Flames of the Forest transports you into a world beyond your imagination so relaxing and uplifting for your soul you will never want to leave. A completely intimate natural feast for your senses.
If you are on holiday choose from two different evenings to suit your tastes and your budget - please go to the dining experience. We offer a very different experience to a restaurant being in a pristine natural setting in the rainforest near Port Douglas. It is like no other dining experience in Australia.
Flames is also a magical, private and very exclusive venue for weddings, private parties and corporate groups with tailor made event theming, entertainment and menu design from our award winning catering.
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport’s specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving. Quickly you will notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. You benefit from the industry’s best trained and qualified staff. Seven of the 11 person crew are dive masters or instructors.
The three night ‘Fly Dive Cod Hole’ expedition departs Cairns every Monday and offers prime Ribbon Reef dive sites which suit every type of diver. The four night ‘Fly Dive Coral Sea’ expedition departs Cairns every Thursday and is geared towards the more adventurous diver and offers great diving in the remote Coral Sea. Both departures include a spectacular low-level reef flight just 180 metres above the Great Barrier Reef. The seven night ‘Coral Sea Safari’ expedition provides a combination of both three and four night expeditions and offers you the best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea diving with no repeat dive sites except the world famous Cod Hole.
Pro Dive Cairns is Australia's Premier PADI Dive School as well as a leading outer reef liveaboard dive trip operator. Since 1983 they have developed an international reputation for quality, professionalism, safety and value. They specialise in dive courses, three day dive trips, retail sales of dive, snorkel and water sports equipment. Dive courses are conducted at their modern training centre with Cairns' deepest diver training pool and their three multi-million dollar dive boats are the only purpose built outer reef liveaboards in the area that can travel around from reef to reef. Dive courses and liveaboard trips commence six times a week to add flexibility to your itinerary.
Training Centre & Office
Address: 116 Spence St, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4031 5255
Fax: (07) 4044 9955
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 0700 - 1800
Address: Cnr Grafton & Shields St, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4031 6681
Fax: (07) 4051 6194
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 1000 - 1900
One of the best reasons to visit fabulous Port Douglas! Experience the Great Barrier Reef aboard Synergy's full day luxury Sail and Snorkel Cruise. Catering for a maximum of 12 pampered guests, Synergy offers exclusive sites, superb cuisine and friendly, five star service. Inclusive of transfers within Port Douglas, morning and afternoon tea, gourmet barbecue lunch, in-water snorkelling tuition and guided snorkelling tour. Synergy is a 'must do' experience when you visit Tropical North Queensland. Relax, snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef with Synergy Reef Sailing.
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia's leading environmental wildlife experience, providing visitors with a change to observe up close, a huge range of flora and fauna. Wildlife Habitat was constructed in 1988 on 8 acres of land that has been recreated to provide a window into our natural environment.
Visitors wander along boardwalks and meandering pathways to experience some of the Wet Tropics endemic species. Allowing for a full immersion experience, the park is divided into four distinct North Queensland environments; the Woodland, Wetlands, Rainforest and Savannah. Wildlife Habitat is unlike any other zoo or wildlife experience you have ever encountered.
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking is a family owned and operated business which has been operating in the Whitsundays since 1997.
Our passion for adventurous water sports led us to this amazing part of the world and It's here that we chose to put down roots, raise a family & share our love of nature & sea kayaking with our visitors.
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking guides are carefully selected- as much for their character and local knowledge as their more obvious sea kayaking skills. They are without exception extremely experienced and fully qualified and importantly love their job & lifestyle.
Our kayaks & equipment are replaced regularly to ensure the best standard of equipment is available to our clients.
We pride ourselves on our service and value our hard earned reputation for offering the best sea kayaking experience in the Whitsundays.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing our love of adventure and nature in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Whitsunday Dive Adventures is your best choice for scuba dive adventure, scuba diving training and scuba diving equipment in the Whitsundays. Whether you look for daily dive trips, snorkelling trips or PADI dive courses, Whitsunday Dive Adventures is the place to be.
Our purpose built dive training centre, located just 3 minutes drive from the Airlie Beach main street, has a 4 bed dorm and camper-van parking space. Enjoy the simplicity of staying on site while doing your dive course and share the facilities with other PADI scuba dive students, have an evening swim or go to town for dinner. Its very convenient to be able to wake and walk just one minute to class!.
Whitsunday Dive Adventures have been involved in the diving industry in the Whitsundays for over 10 years. Although low key, our primary mission is to conduct High Quality Dive Courses, in small numbers (maximum 4 students) with a high degree of emphasis placed on the student’s Safety, Knowledge and Competency.
We don’t just do Dive Courses! We specialise in them!
Our dive courses are structured to keep you focused and entertained from start to finish! Ensuring you gain the highest level of understanding and competency, in both the practical and theory aspects of diving.
There is plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills to perfection and at times even put your feet up and relax taking in the scenery of our beautiful tropical island, as we don’t have the time constraints many dive student’s encounter when doing their course on a vessel.
Discover the spectacular wilderness of the Whitsunday Islands aboard the tourism award-winning vessel Mantaray.
Visit two of the Whitsundays most pristine locations – beautiful Whitehaven Beach and Mantaray Bay. Whitehaven Beach has an amazing 7km stretch of white silica sand and an amazing lookout at Hill Inlet, while Mantaray Bay encompasses a myriad of colourful corals and tropical fish. Scuba dive and snorkel in this fascinating marine wonderland, lie on the spacious sun-deck, swim in the aqua-blue waters or simply feel the sand between your toes. It’s yours to enjoy.
Experience a day like no other aboard Mantaray.
This eco-sensitive cruise operation will whisk you around this World Heritage area at a comfortable speed of 21 knots giving you up to two hours to enjoy Whitehaven Beach/Hill Inlet Lookout, and two hours to explore snorkelling and/or diving at Mantaray Bay. You will enjoy lots and lots of fish and beautiful corals.
Mantaray has plenty of space, unobstructed views, a large shaded area, easy access for all ages, an on-board toilet and shower facilities
Enjoy the company of the friendly and experienced Mantaray crew.
Listen to expert commentary about the special nature of the island national parks and the fabulous marine life. Snorkel and scuba dive under the watchful eye of our qualified crew, be tempted by a tantalising Mediterranean-style lunch and enjoy free morning and afternoon tea.
It all adds up to an unforgettable addition to your Whitsunday holiday.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland's most scenic national parks. Situated within the remote north-west highlands of Queensland, the park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. Lawn Hill Gorge is formed by Lawn Hill Creek, which is fed by numerous freshwater springs from the limestone plateau to the west. The magnitude of the sandstone cliffs lining the gorge, its emerald waters and lush vegetation make it a visual splendour. Serving as an oasis, the spring water and surrounding vegetation attract an abundance of wildlife. The Waanyi Aboriginal people have strong cultural ties with the park while pastoralists of European descent have more recent historical connections. A partly-shaded walking track leads to the culturally important Wild Dog Dreaming site with ancient rock art and stone engravings. The Waanyi people ask that you respect their culture by not taking photographs at this site. The track continues into the lower gorge where freshwater crocodiles are often spotted basking in the sun. This is a pleasant walk, even in the mid-afternoon. Keep to the walking track at all times. Take note of safety signs and do not touch the rock art or engravings. Carry plenty of drinking water to avoid dehydration and try to walk in the cooler part of the day. Wild Dog Dreaming Grade: easy. Distance: 4.5 kilometres return. Time: allow 1.5 hours walking time.
SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness. Following their Climb guide, participants will then traverse up towards the crow's nest located at the highest point of the Climb at around 270 metres above the ground. Regular stops will be taken to admire the stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast region including the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland. Climbers will then descend to level 77. Altogether the experience takes approximately 90 minutes including a briefing session and the time on the Climb course.
The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are a must see for tourists and locals alike. The Gardens are just 10 minutes drive from central Surfers Paradise, and are set on 31 hectares overlooking the Gold Coast Hinterland. There's an experience for everyone - smell and touch plants and flowers in the Sensory Garden, take a mangroves to mountain walk to learn about their local plants, smell the roses in the Rose Garden and visit the Butterfly Garden to see which plants can attract butterflies to your back yard. Fun for the whole family includes a stroll on the boardwalks around the lake, a children's playground, a picnic or barbecue in one of the many picnic areas, and even treat the dog to a play in the off-leash dog area. Guided walks are available by prior appointment, or bring your kids along to one of their school holiday activities.
Runaway Bay Shopping Village offers superior shopping convenience and services on one level in air conditioned comfort. With three major discount department stores, Big W, Target and Best & Less, three supermarkets, Woolworths, Coles and ALDI, and over 130 specialty stores and services, shopping close to home or your holiday accommodation could never be easier. With 50 per cent of the car parks under cover, you can be promised to keep your cool all the way home. If you are arriving by boat, disembark at the Centre's jetty on the Boardwalk Canal outside the food court.
Binna Burra, Lamington National Park, with beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Declared in 1915, Lamington was saved from the logging and farming that changed much of the McPherson Range. It protects Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife, such as the spotted-tailed quoll and Albert's lyrebird. There are two sections to Lamington: Binna Burra and Green Mountains. Both offer great bushwalking, birdwatching and camping opportunities. Stay at the Binna Burra resort or in the privately-run campground. Explore the 21.4 kilometre Border track, built in the late 1930s. From Bellbird lookout, see Turtle Rock, Egg Rock and Numinbah Valley, examples of natural erosion. Walk the Caves circuit for views of Coomera Valley. In the picnic area (wheelchair-accessible toilets), look for Richmond birdwing butterflies, orchids and king parrots.
Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park is a mountainous section of Springbrook National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Mount Cougal's twin peaks have a significant place in stories told by the Yugambeh people, who have inhabited the area's mountains and valleys for thousands of years. The park protects valuable wildlife habitat and a diverse range of animals. It is the most easterly known location of the Lamington spiny cray. Enjoy a picnic at the scenic Cougal Cascades. At the display shelter, read about the parks World Heritage values. Take the walking track past cascades and rock pools to the restored remains of a bush sawmill dating from the 1940s. As you walk, watch for the land mullet, the world's largest skink.
A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks. Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park is a most unusual geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Natural Bridge is home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset. Lookouts and lush rainforest also grace this part of the Gondwna Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, making it one of the most popular parks in Australia. Take the short circuit walk to the natural arch over Cave Creek, and view the unique waterfall and cave. Enjoy a picnic and relax in cool rainforest. Join a nocturnal tour to see delicate glow-worms. (Remember a torch for the walk, but turn it off once in the cave). On summer nights, see luminous fungi and fireflies. During the day, hear the calls of paradise riflebirds, green catbirds and wompoo fruit-doves.
This scenic part of Girramay National Park features lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests as well as secluded beaches with island views. The park's swamps are flooded by wet season rains flowing from coastal ranges, and, as the flood waters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the tea-trees. This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach to the mouth of Wreck Creek (5 kilometre return). Birdwatch and have a picnic at Rockingham Bay day-use area with views of 13 offshore islands. Walk the newly-replaced boardwalk through a mangrove forest still recovering from a cyclone. Visit the Arthur Thorsborne Aboretum near the park entrance for a shady picnic and discover local rainforest plants along the short, wheelchair-accessible loop track.
Conondale National Park forms the heart of an extensive area of unspoilt mountain scenery in the Conondale Range. With magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, this park and the adjacent State forest offer scenic drives, picnic areas and a choice of four grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Walks range from a short stroll beside crystal clear streams, to challenging hikes including to Mount Allan fire tower or along the four-day 56 kilometre Conondale Range Great Walk. It is a picturesque and ecologically important area, protecting the habitats of many rare and threatened animals, including several species of frogs and the seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider. Access is via gravel roads suitable for conventional vehicles with care. In wet weather, roads may be closed. The scenic drive starting on Booloumba Creek Road has several creek crossings that are only accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. Allow at least 90 minutes for the scenic drive and extra time for picnics and bushwalks. Birdwatchers will enjoy Little Yabba Creek, while mountain bike and horse riders can explore the park and forest along vehicle tracks.
Craggy volcanic peaks, rhyolite plugs, rise abruptly above the scenic landscape, a rolling green patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. The Glass House Mountains were named by Lieutenant James Cook as he voyaged up the Queensland coast in 1770. They are spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal people and are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Registers as a landscape of national significance. In this park, remnants of the open eucalypt woodland and heath vegetation, which once covered the coastal plains, provide a home for an interesting variety of animals and plants. Visit the interpretive centre in the Glass House Mountains township. Drive to the nearby Glass House Mountains lookout in Beerburrum State Forest for views of the multiple peaks. Enjoy a picnic at the base of Mount Beerwah or Mount Tibrogargan. Take the easy Western Boundary walk at Mount Beewah or try a slightly more challenging walk such as the Tibrorgargan circuit or Mount Beeburrum track for great views. If you are a fit, experienced walker with rock climbing skills, tackle the Mount Ngungun summit track. The summit routes on Mounts Ngungun and Tibrogargan are also suitable for roped sports for experienced and well-equipped climbers.
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes. Towards the summit, rare montane heath grows. The park also protects coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants. Climb the steep, rough 800 metre trail up the mountain's eastern side from the carpark to the summit. Carry water and snack food. Be rewarded with 360 degree views - most spectacular at sunrise. Look for peregrine falcons nesting along cliff faces. In winter and spring, photograph wildflowers. See how many different types of banksia you can find!
Distinctively-shaped Mount Tinbeerwah (265 metres) stands out in the Tewantin National Park, which protects ancient flooded gum forests, wallum heaths and cabbage-tree palms. It also offers great views to the popular Noosa coast and lakes. Wooroi day-use area, set among she-oaks and bloodwoods, has picnic tables, barbecues and drinking water. (The butcherbirds and noisy miners are cheeky but please don't feed them). Walk along Wooroi Creek track and cool Palm Grove track. Head towards Cooroy and stop at Mount Tinbeerwah lookout. A 500 metre track leads to a lookout with 360 degree views over the Noosa River system, lakes and surrounding forests. About 130 metres along the walk, a lookout with coastal views is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha are Australia's premier subtropical botanic gardens. These 56 hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre, and offer tropical, subtropical, temperate and arid plant communities and as well as unique wildlife. Highlights include the Japanese Garden, Tropical Display Dome, Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Art Trail, Bonsai House and the incredible Bunya Forest. The National Australia Remembers Freedom Wall and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium are also located onsite.
The Botanic Gardens are open every day 8am - 5.30pm from September to March and 8am - 5pm from April to August, entry to the gardens is free. Visitors can enjoy free guided tours Monday to Saturday at 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. (public holidays excluded). Free mini bus tours are offered Monday to Friday at 10.30am (public holidays excluded). There is a fully licensed restaurant and cafe - Botanical - with a capacity of 150 people. Dining is a breath of fresh air in a relaxing and tranquil setting in the midst of the beautiful gardens. Modern Australian cuisine is served in the main restaurant with light snacks, Devonshire teas and ice creams available from the cafeteria.
Noosa National Park, a chunk of wild coastline jutting into the ocean, is understandably one of Australia's most visited parks. Wallum heaths, woodlands and pockets of rainforest with hoop and kauri pine are important refuges for wildlife, including koalas and rare glossy black-cockatoos. Explore the picturesque Noosa Headland along a selection of five tracks, ranging from one kilometre to eight kilometres and catering to all fitness levels. Walk past rocky shorelines and spiky pandanus, through woodlands and rainforests with piccabeen palms, to wide beaches or lofty lookouts. In the Peregian section, stroll to the ocean beach. In the Emu Mountain section, on your way to the summit, discover wildflowers. In the East Weyba section, along unmarked vehicle trails, watch for birds - but keep to the trails at all times.
Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba's Seafood Lunch Signature Cruise picks you up from the Wharf Mooloolaba, takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy sensational, scenic views right down to Noosa the headland. Stop next at the local Mooloolaba fish markets to pick up your lunch and then continue on a nice leisurely cruise down through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, Harbour and Canals. Your lunch ticket gives you a choice of one of four inclusive meals: Fresh Mooloolaba prawns Calamari and chips Fresh Fish of the day Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger Optional extras available onboard include oysters, crayfish, scallops and much more. Beverages are available from the onboard bar throughout the cruise. The 90 minute cruise also includes a light 25 minute commentary before lunch is served. The 35 foot European style vessel is easy to access for young and old, is fully enclosed with prime waterfront viewing from almost everywhere in the vessel. The interior has been recently refurbished has comfortable booth seating, bar facilities and brand new amenities.
Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area. Mount Keelbottom rises 130 metres above the surrounding plain and part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia and has links with the discovery of gold in the area in the mid-1800s. Parts of the township are privately owned. Please respect private property signs. In the dry season, bush camp along the sandy edges of the Burdekin River. Explore the undeveloped walking trails that follow the river and Fletcher Creek, and discover basalt flows and a peaceful riverside setting. Longer hikes to Mount Keelbottom should only be undertaken by well-equipped and experienced walkers. Watch waterbirds from the river's edge. Ride trail-bikes and mountain bikes on the internal roads through the park.