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Bush Walking

Given the high humidity experienced during the summer in the northern regions, the cooler southern parts tend to be more popular for walking.

Lamington National Park has a well maintained, graded track system in the McPherson Range (on the border with New South Wales), which features waterfalls, tall rainforests and gorges.

A 3 day circuit is possible around Fraser Island, which has a rainforest, beautiful lakes and huge sand dunes. A series of fairly demanding trails lead to the peak of the state’s highest mountain, Mount Bartle Frere.

Popular day walks are available on the islands of Green, Dunk and Hinchinbrook.

For further details, please contact:

The QLD Environmental Protection Agency
Address: PO Box 155, Albert Street, Brisbane QLD 4002
Telephone: (7) 3227 7111
Facsimile: (7) 3225 1769
Email address: nqic@epa.qld.gov.au
Website address: www.epa.qld.gov.au

Water Sports

The geographic immediacy to the Great Barrier Reef and the long stretches of golden beach in Queensland mean leisure pursuits are associated predominantly with the sea, from surfing off the beaches in the south or scuba diving and snorkelling on the corals of the Reef to deep sea fishing for black marlin and sailing round the islands.

Many of the most exotic dive sites are within 20 to 35 kilometres (12 to 22 miles) north and south of Cairns. Some of the most popular are Thretford Reef, the Ribbon Reefs (comprising a string of 10 coral ramparts covering a huge area, including the Pixie Pinnacle, Cod Hole and Dynamite Pass), Magnetic Island, the Pompey Complex, the Swain Reefs (near Gladstone), Great Keppel Island, Heron Island (presumed to support a record diversity of tropical fish), and Lady Elliot Island.

For further information, please contact:

The Queensland Diving Association
Telephone: (7) 3823 1389
Email address: qldiving@tpq.com.au

Canoeing and sea kayaking around the Great Barrier Reef are also admired. The best surfing can be found at the Sunshine Coast, Surfers’ Paradise, Bribie, Moreton and the Stradbroke Islands.

Adventure Sports

Queensland is Australia’s centre for parasailing and paragliding, which can be practised all along the coast. Abseiling is achievable in the Lamington and Carnarvon national parks.

Mount Tamborine and the Sunshine Coast and are the main destinations for hang gliding. The Tully and Barron rivers in the north are suitable for whitewater rafting. Speed boating trips can be arranged in Cairns.


Several of Queensland’s courses, especially those on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, tend to be part of luxury resorts. There are however also numerous good public courses, including the Palm Meadows Golf Club (on the Gold Coast), the Paradise Springs Golf Course (in tropical northern Queensland), the Palms Sanctuary Cove, and the Brisbane City Public Golf Course.