National Parks, Picnic Areas and Walks
At Kurrimine Beach
Walk out to and explore King Reef
when the tides are right.
Explore the close by National Conservation Park.North - Wooroonooran National Park (part of the Misty Mountains)
Explore and beach-comb unspoilt Kurrimine Beach
Josephine Falls and the Golden Hole
A short walk to a beautiful setting at the base of Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland's tallest mountain. Great for older kids - slide down the natural rock slippery dip in the waterfall!
Mount Bartle Frere
A walking track for fit and experienced bush walkers only. Be rewarded with a fantastic view at the summit.
Picturesque picnic and swimming spot situated in the shadow of the Bellenden Ker Range and accessed by a sealed road.
Wetland home to many resident and migratory bird species.
This is a very pretty small secluded beach virtually in the rainforest. There are often cassowaries around the area.
West - Atherton Tablelands
Malanda Falls Conservation Park
Easy walking track with pleasant scenery and the chance to see a platypus in the wild. There are several other beautiful waterfalls on the way to Malanda Falls with walking tracks of varying degrees of difficulty.
Curtain Fig National Park
View this magnificent curtain of aerial roots sent out by this magnificent strangler fig. OR visit the Cathedral Fig Tree in the Danbulla State Forest. Both trees have easy access and boardwalks around their bases.
South West - Tully area
This is a sandy-floored swimming hole situated in an open grassy area surrounded by forest.
Easy access through open forest and rainforest for a view of the falls as clear waters cascade over water-sculpted boulders into mountain rock pools which are overarched by water gums.
Tully Falls National Park
This large grassy open area is accessible by sealed road. A short wheelchair- accessible walk takes visitors through rainforest noted for its butterflies. Interpretive signs describe some of the many species you may encounter. In the early afternoon watch the white water rafters come down the river from Flip Wilson lookout and Cardstone Weir.
The walking track to Scouts Rock and Summit takes 2 - 3 hours return and is rated as strenuous.
Misty Mountains Wilderness Walks
For experienced and fit walkers only. There are several trails, some of which take several days to traverse. Drive from Mena Creek into the Misty Mountains and enjoy spectacular views and rainforest scenery.
South - Mission Beach area
Clump Mountain National Park
This national park preserves one of the few remaining patches of undisturbed lowland tropical rainforest. It is home to southern cassowaries and several endangered and ancient plant and tree species. Also making their home here are bandicoots, possums, melomys and paradise kingfishers. The track which climbs to the summit of Bicton Hill, in the centre of the park, has a fairly easy grade, is 4 km in length and there are several resting seats along the track which afford spectacular views of the mainland and islands.
Licuala State Forest
There are several enjoyable walking tracks including a children's walk and an easy wheelchair-accessible walk through the forest and a one way 6 km walk which requires a medium level of fitness. There is a picnic table, interpretive signage and a very good chance of sighting cassowaries.
Ulysses Link Walk
This walk meanders along Mission Beach's foreshore with interpretive artworks created by local artists depicting Indigenous and European history in the area.
Kennedy Walking Track
This track follows the South Mission foreshore to the mouth of the Hull River and can be negotiated by anyone in reasonable health and commemorates the ill fated 1848 expedition by the first Europeans known to have explored the area.
South - Cardwell/Ingham area - Girringun National Park
At 268m, this is the largest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia. This area boasts picnic tables, toilets, water and a barbeque. With 110km of walking opportunities, including short and overnight walks, there is something for everyone.
This is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Australia with two easily accessible lookouts to watch the falls as they race towards the Herbert River. Relict hoop pines shrouded in mist create an eerie feeling. There is a short walk nearby.