Travel

Five of the best to places to bushwalk

TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND

CONSIDERING the vast amount of stunning bushland that covers much of coastal and inland Australia, it is no wonder bushwalking has cemented itself as a popular pastime.

The beauty of bushwalking is that, depending on your level of fitness, you can generally find a simple walk that can take 30 minutes, or something a little more strenuous that might see you discovering a wealth of beauty around you for the whole day or longer.

Bushwalkers can be found everywhere - males and females of all ages and from all walks of life who enjoy the great outdoors, and those who like to try something different to stay fit and healthy while discovering hidden treasures in forests and parks.

Often bushwalking becomes an adventure, with friends or family sharing an opportunity to be surrounded by the natural environment of trees, rocks and mountains, streams and waterholes and even learning a few survival techniques along the way.

The best way to start bushwalking is a substantial walk on the graded tracks of urban bush areas and state national parks and work your way up, developing your physical fitness along the way.

Those attracted to bushwalking are also attracted to other outdoor pursuits and you will find many clubs have activities that include kayaking, birdwatching, abseiling and nature photography.

The most important thing to keep in mind when deciding to go bushwalking is to know the conditions of the area you are visiting.

Much of this information can be found through the National Parks and Wildlife Service office or website for your own state or the one you are visiting.

Always wear robust shoes because you may be heading over rough terrain and will want comfort and safety.

Pack a bottle of water because staying hydrated is just as vital as enjoying the beautiful surrounds.

Such is the popularity of bushwalking that Bushwalking Queensland Inc was established - the peak body that represents the interests of bushwalkers and members of affiliated bushwalking clubs in Queensland.

Affiliated with Bushwalking Australia, Bushwalking Queensland promotes bushwalking and its benefits, encourages a regard for the welfare and conservation of the natural environment, and works to make bushwalking safer.

Queensland and northern New South Wales have so many beautiful places just waiting to be discovered by those who enjoy taking in the natural beauty.

Here is a taste of some of the best:

Kondalilla Falls, Sunshine Coast 

Starting and finishing at an open area with sheltered seating means you can have a refreshing drink or lunch before you start out, or as a reward when you return. You have the option of the short 1.7km walk to Picnic Creek which allows you to enjoy views over the valley from special lookout points. The Kondalilla Falls circuit is 4.7km and takes you down the escarpment, past rock pools as you walk through rainforest to the base of the waterfall and continue back up the ridge. There are a considerable number of stairs on this walk, so some form of fitness is required.

Bunya Mountains National Park

Ancient Aboriginal tribes of south-east Queensland used to walk for weeks to meet atop the beautiful Bunya Mountains, to share stories, culture, food and to celebrate. This national park, the state's second-oldest, still whispers magical stories contained in the thick trunks of its bunya pines and the myriad lush vegetation which makes this destination so earthy. About 200km north-west of Brisbane, it boasts a range of amazing walks, waterfalls, grasslands, rainforest and birds.

Eungella National Park, Eungella, Mackay area

Enriched by dense subtropical rainforest with peaks shrouded in mist, a trip to Eungella National Park is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquillity. Walk one of the many well-formed trails that lead to natural wonders, including the Sky Window walk, leading through layers of bright palms with dewy fronds, for a spectacular view across the Pioneer Valley. Much of the park is wilderness, dissected by rugged gorges, which can be explored along the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, a 56-kilometre trail starting in Eungella.

Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park, Rolleston, Central Highlands

An oasis of birdlife, unique plant species and freshwater creeks, Carnarvon Gorge is a sparkling gem amid the dusty heart of Central Queensland. Climb over boulders, marvel at the colours of sandstone cliffs and walk through quiet eucalypt and cabbage palm forests. There are several trails of varying difficulty to help you explore this special place, which is home to more than 170 bird species. Check out the view from Boolimba Bluff, discover swamp wallabies in Mickey Creek Gorge, then let yourself be taken back in time as you examine the Aboriginal engravings, ochre stencils and freehand paintings adorning the sandstone walls on the Art Gallery walk.

Dorrigo National Park, northern NSW

Dorrigo National Park is only an hour from Coffs Harbour and yet it feels miles away. Visit World Heritage Listed rainforests on a day trip, where magnificent waterfall walks, scenic barbecue areas and excellent birdwatching opportunities await you. One of the sights not to be missed is the Crystal Shower Falls, which allows you to walk through lush rainforest and enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind the waterfall.

Topics:  bushwalking guides outdoor-living



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Takalvans owner says proposed laws will hurt small business

FAIR GO: Takalvans owner Dale Rethamel is relieved the government will exempt the caravan industry from Sunday trade under new reforms.

Caravan retailers don't want Sunday trade

Two-vehicle smash at Kepnock, one woman taken to hospital

Emergency service crews at the scene of a two-vehicle crash.

Police are advising drivers to stay away from the area.

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!