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.
Enjoy clean air. From 1 February 2017, smoking restrictions will apply to make some places in national parks smoke-free. For the benefit of all visitors, smoking bans will apply within 10 metres of most visitor facilities including any picnic table, barbecue, shelter shed, toilet, in-use campsite, information centre, jetty, landing stage (such as pontoons) or boat ramp. These restrictions will protect visitors from the adverse health effects of passive smoking. It doesn’t mean you cannot smoke or use e-cigarettes when visiting a national park—it means you cannot smoke or vape close to facilities visitors that visitors use, including in-use campsites.
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 see find a park or forest.
- Things to see and do
- Stay overnight
- Visitor facilities
- Connect with Nature
- Smoking restrictions in National Parks
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
- Cape York Peninsula parks and reserves visitor guide
- Townsville Region national parks, regional parks and State forests visitor guide
- Wet tropics coast—Cardwell to Cairns—national parks visitor guide
From 1 February 2017, smoking restrictions will apply to Queensland’s national parks. Smoking restrictions in parks are one of several Queensland Health initiatives to reduce smoking rates in Queensland, limit people’s exposure to second-hand smoke and make more outdoor places smoke-free.
Every year 3700 smokers in Queensland die from smoking-related diseases. Even passive smoking—breathing in the smoke from other people’s cigarettes—can adversely affect your health causing cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
For the benefit of all park visitors, from 1 February 2017, smoking is prohibited within 10 metres of most visitor facilities in national parks. This includes any picnic table, barbecue, shelter shed, toilet, in-use campsite, information centre, jetty, landing stage (such as pontoons) or boat ramp.
It doesn’t mean you cannot smoke or use e-cigarettes when visiting parks—it means you cannot smoke or vape close to facilities that visitors use, where people commonly gather. These restrictions will protect the health and well-being of park visitors.
The new smoking restrictions are being rolled out as part of Queensland Health’s changes to smoking laws in the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998, to make public places smoke-free. On-the-spot fines can apply.
For more information check out the Smoke-free areas in Queensland national parks fact sheet.