Townsville is located at the southern tip of the Great Tropical Drive—a self-drive route that extends all the way north to Cooktown and contains an ever-changing landscape of bushlands, rainforests and wetlands.
Explore the White Blow Conservation Park near Ravenswood and its 300 million year old quartz outcrop, or head to Hinchinbrook and the Tyto Wetlands and Girringun National Park.
Magnetic Island also has a vast National Park with over 25kms of walking tracks that take in everything from bays to bush. Here are some great ideas for National Parks matching your search criteria. Change the options in the box to the right to refine your search.
In the scenic Herbert River Valley, Abergowrie State Forest features tropical rainforest, open eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
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Buujan Quiinbiira walk, Girringun National Park (Wallaman Falls section). The Buujan Quiinbiira (Boo-jun quin bee-rr-ar) walk starts at Wallaman Falls and winds its way through open forests and past palm-filled gullies before crossing the Herbert River to reach the Yamanie pick-up point.
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This park, on the scenic coast just north of Mission Beach, contains some of the few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland.
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Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area.
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Djagany (goanna) walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk. Starting at Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park, the Djagany (Jar-gar-nee) walk follows an old forestry track through she-oaks, open forest and rainforest.
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This park protects some of the last remaining lowland rainforest in the wet tropics, including a rare patch of licuala fan palm forest and is one of the few places you're likely to see an unusual and endangered bird, the southern cassowary.
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This park features a chain of scenic continental islands, close to the Wet Tropics coast near Mission Beach.
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This scenic part of Girramay National Park features lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests as well as secluded beaches with island views.
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Offshore from Cardwell, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this tall forested island features granite outcrops overlooking white sandy beaches.
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Gugigugi (butterfly) walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk. The Gugigugi (Goo-ji-goo-ji) walk starts at the Henrietta gate pick-up point travelling through open forest and lush creek crossings.
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