Get back to Nature by visiting some of the stunning National Parks of the Sunshine Coast.
Mapleton Falls National Park
Mapleton Falls National Park is in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on the Blackall Range and only 105km north of Brisbane. The park has excellent views of both the Mapleton Falls and the Obi Obi Valley. This small park, with its several short walks through tall, open bushland and rainforest, is an important reminder of the forests that once covered the Hinterland.
Conondale National Park
The massive Conondale National Park has spectacular forests, deep gorges and panoramic views. The Conondale Range Great Walk winds through ancient rainforests, tall open forests and past waterfalls, cascading creeks and phenomenal views.
The Glass House Mountains National Park
Volcanic peaks form the Glass House Mountains. Captain James Cook named them on his voyage along Australia’s east coast. The park is home to a variety of plants and animals, including 26 threatened plant species. The mountains were also an important meeting place for the Aboriginals of the area, using it for ceremonies and trading.
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park offers stunning coastal scenery, which can be enjoyed from the walking tracks around the park. It is also home to Koalas, Black Cockatoos, Ground Parrots and Wallum Froglets.
Great Sandy Marine Park
Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffle Creek all the way down south to Double Island Point. This extensive park includes Harvey Bay, Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay Inlet and the waters off the east coast of Fraser Island. It is also an area where you can see whales, turtles, dugongs, grey nurse sharks and a myriad of other marine and coastal life as you walk through the meadows and mangroves, and along the rocky shores, reefs and beaches.
Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park
Fraser Island, an island paradise with long beaches, sand blows, rocky headlands and clear lakes, is also popular for Four-wheel Driving.
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