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By admin | February 21, 2018
Get back into Nature by visiting some of the stunning National Parks around our Hotels and Resorts.
Sunshine Coast is a region with beautiful dense, lush foliage and a unique hinterland.
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. 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
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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The Gold Coast hinterland is one of Queensland’s most extraordinary natural environments. The hinterland offers a perfect 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.
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.
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Melbourne is known for being the stunning city that it is. However, many might not realise you can still experience the beauty of nature while in Melbourne. Here are the best national parks surrounding the city.
Yarra Ranges National park
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Only a two-hour drive from the city is the Yarra Ranges National Park. Popular with tourists and locals its clear to see why. The stunning Alfred Nicholas Gardens is a beautiful place to have a picnic with a view of the lake. You can take a scenic drive on Black Spur Drive which is decorated with lush tall trees. This will have you feeling like your further than two hours away from the bright lights.
Kinglake National Park
Located only an hour and a half drive from the city is Kinglake National Park. Perched on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range this is often described as the Australian Alps. This spot has beautiful views of the Yara valley and is perfect for bike riding, picnic’s and camping.
For more information visit: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/travel/kinglake-national-park
Looking at booking your escape to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast? ULTIQA Hotels & Resorts has six properties to choose from including:
- ULTIQA Little Collins, Melbourne CBD
- ULTIQA Rothbury Hotel, Brisbane CBD
- ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
- ULTIQA Beach Haven on Broadbeach, Gold Coast
- ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort, Gold Coast
- ULTIQA Shearwater Resort, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast