Photos (from left to right): Tourism and Events Queensland; Tourism and Events Queensland; Anna Osetroff, Queensland Government; Tourism and Events Queensland; Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.
A visit to Queensland’s parks will make you feel alive, whether you’re looking to explore the extremes and push your personal boundaries, or escape the daily grind and unwind in the serenity of the bush. Nourish both body and soul as you take in the fresh air, stretch your legs and make new friends or reconnect with old ones.
Find challenges and thrills, tranquility and relaxation, the unique and the exotic, all in Queensland’s national parks. To find out more about a specific park or forest browse the find a park or forest web page.
Queensland’s parks and forests offer a multitude of ways to experience and enjoy the state’s spectacular natural areas. With red sandy deserts, lush tropical rainforests, deep blue oceans and everything in between, there’s something for everyone.
Set off on a four-wheel-driving holiday, climb a mountain, take the kids on a day trip, see majestic whales playing in the ocean or tiny turtles hatching on the beach. Spend hours or even days bushwalking with more than 2000 km of walking tracks to explore.
For more information on things you can do in parks and forests select the activity you are interested in from the list below or the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
Bushwalking | Cave tours | Camping | Cycling | Canoeing and kayaking | Fishing | Four-wheel driving | Getting married | Horseriding | Reef activities | Rock climbing and abseiling | Trail-bike riding | Whitewater rafting | Wildlife encounters
Tourist accommodation—such as hotels, motels, guesthouses and resorts—is not provided in Queensland’s parks and forests, but some are close to commercial tourist resorts. For tourism information in Queensland, including accommodation, visit the Queensland Holidays website.
Camping and caravanning
Queensland has many parks and forests with a range of camping opportunities, from remote bush camp sites, to sites for camper trailers and caravans as well as tents. Before camping you must obtain a camping permit and pay your camping fees.
Camping facilities vary but can include toilets, showers (usually cold), water supply, fireplaces, picnic tables and prepared tent sites (but no powered sites). Facilities in many camping areas can be very basic so visitors must be self-sufficient.
- Find out more about camping in Queensland's parks and forests.
Many parks have facilities for visitors such as picnic tables, fireplaces, water supply, shelter sheds and toilets, though you may need to be self-sufficient if the park is new or remote.
Many parks and forests cater for people with a disability, those who use a wheelchair, and parents with children in strollers. See the parks and forests with wheelchair access, those with vision impairment facilities and those that have tracks particularly suitable for prams and strollers.
Connect with Nature is a program of ranger-led activities and events run by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Some parks and forests have regular school and holiday programs or guided tours. Other parks offer occasional activities such as slide shows, guided walks, spotlighting, and other special visitor programs.
Find out how you can Connect with Nature in Queensland’s parks and forests.
The following PDF files are provided for printing purposes.
- South East Queensland's national parks short walks guide
- Cooloola Recreation Area and surrounds visitor guide
- D’Aguilar Range visitor guide
- Fraser Island World Heritage Area and Recreation Area visitor guide
- Gold Coast and Scenic Rim visitor guide
- Southern Inland Queensland visitor guide
- South West Queensland visitor guide
- Byfield area parks and forests visitor guide
- Central Queensland Sandstone Belt parks visitor guide
- Central West Queensland parks visitor guide
- Mackay coast and island national parks
- Mackay Highlands and Eungella National Park visitor guide
- Whitsunday area visitor guide