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By admin | September 2, 2016


Sunshine Coast is a region with beautiful dense, lush foliage and a unique hinterland. There are seven amazing national parks from which to choose. They cover an area from the Glass House Mountains in the hinterland, to coastal paradises like Noosa and the southern fringe of Fraser Island.mapleton-national-park_blog

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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 (previously Kenilworth Forest Reserve)

The massive Conondale National Park has spectacular forests, deep gorges and panoramic views. It is also an important habitat for a variety of wildlife including many rare and threatened species such as the Cascade Tree frog and Red Goshawk. The Conondale Range Great Walk winds through ancient rainforests, tall open forests and past waterfalls, cascading creeks and phenomenal views.  The variety of shorter and longer walks caters for all levels of fitness and enthusiasm.


The Glass House Mountains National Park

Interesting craggy, 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. It can be dangerous though so drive safe and check up on the new laws introduced for the park.


Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola)

Cooloola, between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach, has something for all visitors. You can Four-wheel Drive past huge coastal sand cliffs and enjoy the views. For something quieter, you can fish for your dinner straight out of the ocean, go canoeing on peaceful waterways, or go hiking through the rainforests and blooming wildflowers.


Kondalilla National Park

The Kondalilla National Park boasts the glorious Kondalilla Falls, after which it was named, and is a cool mountain retreat for visitors. The Skene Creek drops 90m into the rainforest valley below in a spectacular curtain of water. The area also offers important refuge to a number of native plants & animals.

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Brisbane’s surrounds offer an abundance of diverse natural beauty, which is completely free to explore. If you are looking to escape the concrete jungle for the weekend, you can choose from heritage-listed rainforests to sand islands and bushland. The scenery around Brisbane city allows discovery of somewhere new to horse-ride, fish, bushwalk, cycle or get back to nature.


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Moreton Island National Park, Moreton Island

Moreton Island National Park, only a barge or ferry ride away from Brisbane, boasts of miles of beautiful beaches, tall sand dunes, crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, natural flora, wild marine life and abundant wildflowers.


Fort Lytton National Park

Located within the national park is Fort Lytton, an important historical site that lies on the banks of the Brisbane River. An 1881-built pentagonal fortress, which was used in the defence of Brisbane until the end of World War II.  Fort Lytton is open to the public on Sundays and public holidays, and has free guided tours running regularly.


Moreton Bay Marine Park

Moreton Bay Marine Park is Brisbane’s only park not on land. It offers offshore reefs, numerous islands, internationally significant wetlands, seagrass meadows (and dugongs!) and white sandy beaches. Check a map before dropping your fishing line as the park is zoned to protect and nurture wildlife.


Samford Regional Park

Samford Regional Park is just a 20-minute drive from central Brisbane and provides an easy escape to the country. Visit the cute shops and cafes in the village of Samford, or pack your own picnic to enjoy among the ironbark trees.


Teerk Roo Ra National Park, Moreton Bay

Situated in Moreton Bay between North Stradbroke Island and Cleveland, small Peel Island is of cultural significance to Brisbane. The entire island is a national park and features remnants of a quarantine stations and a multi-racial lazaret. Private boats are able to access Horseshoe Bay and Platypus Bay. This remote spot offers camping for keen adventurers!

Venman Bushland National Park and Daisy Hill Regional Park

Venman Bushland is one of the largest remaining eucalypt forests in the coastal lowlands near Brisbane, making it an important habitat for koalas. The park is located 40km south of Brisbane City and contains both a 2.5km and 7.5km forest walk. The eucalypt forest of Daisy Hill Regional Park houses the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. It is a great place to visit after your picnic or walk, so include it in your plans.


St Helena Island National Park

St Helena Island National Parl is the site of Queensland’s first penal settlement. You can tour the stone ruins and gain insights into 19th century life in Brisbane. The island is accessible by boat from Manly or New Farm.


Bunyaville Regional Park

Bunyaville Regional Park lies 15km north-west of Brisbane and its close proximity to the CBD makes it a convenient place for locals to go bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking.


Moggill Regional Park

Bushland –filled Moggill Regional Park is only 22km west of Brisbane. This area is open to picnics, horse-riding, mountain biking and allows dogs on a leash.


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The Gold Coast hinterland is one of Queensland’s most remarkable natural environments, where some species have survived since prehistoric times. The hinterland offers a perfect relaxing weekend getaway or adventure-packed day trip. The mountain ranges offer sweeping views and the World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforest contains towering ancient hoop pines. At the coast, stand on a windswept headland, and gaze at soaring sea-eagles. This is the ‘green side’ of the Gold Coast and you’ll never want to leave.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park offers surf, sand and coastal spirit. This is a quiet place to replenish your soul and, if you are patient, you may spot the fins of friendly dolphins, or the majestic form of humpback whales as they travel through the waters between May and November.


Lamington National Park

Visit the grandeur of Lamington National Park, where densely-forested ranges and valleys conceal the area’s ancient volcanic origins. Part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, this is one of Queensland’s best national parks and a bushwalking ‘mecca’, with an extensive network of trails of varying lengths and difficulty waiting to be explored by bush walking enthusiasts from around the world.


Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park offers an escape, where you can see the famous glow-worms at Natural Bridge. The glow-worms attract visitors from around the world, keen for a nocturnal glimpse of the tiny, yet brilliant blue-green lights decorating rocky overhangs. Join professional guides on a night tour to learn more about these fascinating creatures. During the day, take a refreshing walk and enjoy breath-taking views over the Gold Coast, marvel at the cascading creeks and tumbling waterfalls of Purling Brook and Twin Falls at Springbrook Plateau, while surrounded by ancient rainforests and abundant birdlife.


Tamborine National Park

Tamborine National Park, including Witches Falls, offers walking tracks leading to secluded places where you can enjoy cool mountain air in the forest and have a picnic with family and friends. There is a choice of several short easy walking tracks, each leading the way through this green oasis. Exciting discoveries, such as Curtis Falls where platypus feed, piccabeen palm groves, cliffs and rocky outcrops with splendid views, are just a short distance away from the charming township of Tamborine Mountain, complete with boutique shops full of hidden treasures and lovely restaurants.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

David Fleay, an Australian naturalist, created a wildlife park in 1951. Here, nestled in the secluded heart of Burleigh Heads,  visitors could enjoy and learn about wildlife in as close to their natural environment as possible. Today, at the David Fleay Wildlife Park, you can enjoy daily ranger-guided wildlife shows and see Australia’s iconic wildlife such as koalas, crocodiles, kangaroos and the rare Lumholtz tree kangaroo, along with a range of Australian birds, including emus, cassowaries, wedge-tailed eagles and lorikeets.


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The beauty of all of these National Parks are within comfortable access from ULTIQA Shearwater Resort, located in the Sunshine Coast, ULTIQA at Rothbury on Anne, in Brisbane; and ULTIQA Freshwater Point  Resort, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach and ULTIQA Beach Haven on Broadbeach, located on the Gold Coast.


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