| 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
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Website address: www.epa.qld.gov.au
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
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
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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.
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.