NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKS
Only a small percentage of visitors to Cairns ever venture north of the Daintree River. But those of you who are planning a journey into the National Parks of the Cape York Peninsula are in for a real treat.
YOU CAN 'DRAG' THE MAP, AND ZOOM IN TO A PARTICULAR LOCATION. WHERE MANY NATIONAL PARKS ARE CLOSE TOGETHER, YOU WILL NEED TO ZOOM IN TO 'SEPARATE' THE MARKERS. ROLL YOUR MOUSE OVER THE MAP TO SEE THE ZOOM CONTROLS.

JARDINE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, HEATHLANDS AND JARDINE RIVER RESOURCES RESERVES
This vast, remote wilderness is steeped in Aboriginal history, encompassing the traditional lands of several Aboriginal groups. Many places in the park have historical significance, and are even named in Aboriginal story telling. There are a number of camping sites, one with wheelchair accessible toilets. Fishing is allowed, but remember to be 'CROC SAFE'! For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

IRON RANGE NATIONAL PARK
Remains of a WWII Army base, in Iron Range National park, Tropical North Queensland. The traditional owners of this country are the Kuuku Ya'u Aborigines, otherwise known as Kawadji, the "people of the east". During WWII, a number of Australian Army bases were located here, and remains of the buildings can still be seen. Iron Range National Park is a remote park of rocky outcrops, long sweeping beaches, and the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia. It is suited to visitors seeking a wilderness experience. There is a 10 kilometre walking track, and the park is a good spot for boating and fishing. Camping is permitted, but there are few facilities. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for information about crocodile safety and marine stingers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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MUNGKAN KANDJU (KAANJU) NATIONAL PARK
The Wik Mungkan, Kaanju and Ayapathu Aboriginal peoples are the traditional owners of this large wilderness park. The region features open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca swamps and a variety of rainforest types. There are a number of campsites, but no facilities. Bush camping is allowed, and recreational fishing is allowed in most areas. Please remember that crocodiles inhabit this park, so stay 'CROC SAFE'! For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

FLINDERS GROUP NATIONAL PARK
The Flinders Group is part of the sea country of the Yiithuwarra Aboriginal people, and acces is by boat or seaplane. There are walking trails, and you will find examples of Aboriginal rock art sites on the islands. The surrounding waters are protected in The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Bush camping is allowed with a permit, and there are toilets, picnic tables and a shelter shed. Beware of marine stingers October to May and crocodiles all year round. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more about crocodile safety and marine stingers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

CAPE MELVILLE NATIONAL PARK
The Traditional Owners the Daarba, Junjuu, Muli, Bagaarrmugu, Wurri, Manyamarr, Gambiilmugu and Yiirrku Aboriginal peoples. This remote park is characterised by the massive, tumbled granite boulders of the Melville Range, the sandstone escarpments of the Altanmoui Range and inland dunefields. There are no facilities, but bush camping is allowed with a permit. Recreational fishing is allowed in all creeks and rivers in Cape Melville National Park but fisheries regulations apply. Once again, don't forget this is crocodile territory. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more information about avoiding crocodiles and marine stingers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

LIZARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Lizard Island National, Far North Queensland. These six islands are surrounded by luxuriant coral reefs and warm, sparkling blue waters, fringed by mangroves and sandy beaches and cloaked in grasslands, woodlands and wind-sheared heaths. The traditional owners are the Dingaal Aboriginal people. There are a range of walking tracks on Lizard Island, and bush camping is permitted in certain areas with a permit. Snorkelling is popular. Restrictions apply to boating and fishing. Stingers may be present in the waters during the summer months. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for advice on stinger safety. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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TURTLE GROUP NATIONAL PARK
Turtle Group National Park consists of four very small, vegetated islands. Fishing in the surrounding waters and reefs is restricted as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area. Bush camping is allowed on all three Turtle Islands or you may camp on the northern side of Nymph Island. No facilities are provided on these remote islands. Estuarine crocodiles live in the adjacent waters and marine stingers are present between October and May. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more information about avoiding crocodiles and marine stingers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

LAKEFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Waterlilys are a popular florer in Lakefield National Park, in Tropical North Queensland. Lakefield National park is crisscrossed by a vast river system, and is characterized by its spectacular wetlands, teeming with wildlife. Significant Aboriginal sites associated with occupation, ceremonies and stories of ancestral spirits occur throughout. Lakefield is a very large and popular park, with walking trails, campgrounds, and great fishing. Permits are required for camping, and normal size and bag limits apply to fishing. Some facilities are provided. Please remember that crocodiles inhabit this park, so stay 'CROC SAFE'! For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.



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STARCKE NATIONAL PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

MOUNT WEBB NATIONAL PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

BRIDGE CREEK NATIONAL PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

THREE ISLANDS GROUP NATIONAL PARK
No facilities are provided on these remote islands, but bush camping is permitted on the western side of the islands. The islands are important seabird nesting sites, and camping is closed during the nesting season, from 1st September until 31st March. The surrounding waters and reefs are protected in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area, so check the marine park zoning plan for fishing and collecting restrictions. Crocodiles can be found in the sea, and stingers are a threat from October to May. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more about avoiding any dangers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

PALMER GOLDFIELD RESOURCES RESERVE
This region is a step back in time to our early pioneering days. The Reserve is dotted with old mining sites, rusting machinery and traces of the once prosperous settlemenst that sprung up around the Palmer Goldfields. There is a designated camping area on the north bank of the Palmer River. No facilities are provided, and permits are essential. This is a remote reserve. Tracks are rough and suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Travel is slow at the best of times, and impossible during the wet season. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

ENDEAVOUR RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Endeavour River National Park is an undeveloped park composed of a variety of coastal dunes, freshwater wetlands, mangrove forests, heathlands and tropical woodlands. The Guugu Yimmithirr Aboriginal people have close spiritual ties with this place. No facilities are provided so visitors must be self-sufficient. Camping is not allowed. Crocodiles can be found in and near the Endeavour River, so take care. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more about avoiding any dangers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

KEATINGS LAGOON (MULBABIDGEE) CONSERVATION PARK
For thousands of years, these freshwater wetlands were an important hunting and gathering place for the local Gungarde people. the park is a refuge for thousands of waterbirds, especially in the dry season. There is a self-guiding trail through this small park, which explains a little about the Aboriginal history and culture. A bird hide is located on the lagoon foreshore. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK
Rising to 431m, rugged Mt Cook provides a scenic backdrop to the township of Cooktown in Mt Cook National Park. Rainforest and tropical woodland cover the upper slopes of Mount Cook, while the lower slopes are mostly grassland. There is a 3 kilometre walking circuit that leads to a lookout with views over the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the Endeavour Valley to the west. From here, an unmarked route leads to the summit, a climb for experienced climber only. The park is home to the large amethystine python and northern quoll. Pied imperial-pigeons and buff-breasted paradise-kingfishers visit in the summer months. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

BLACK MOUNTAIN (KALKAJAKA) NATIONAL PARK
Black Mountain National Park is crossed by an imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders. The wet tropics and drier savanna woodland natural regions meet in this park, making it a refuge for wildlife, many of which are either rare or threatened with extinction. Some varieties of frogs, geckos and skinks are found only in this area. Godman's rock-wallaby and the threatened ghost bat also live in this park. Known as "Kalkajaka" (place of the spear), Black Mountain was an important meeting place for the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and is the source of many Dreaming stories. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

CEDAR BAY (MANGKAL-MANGKALBA) NATIONAL PARK
This is the traditional land of the Kuku Yalanji people whose country extends along the coast to Mossman. Cedar Bay National Park was a major turtle hunting area and contains important story sites. It is a region of sandy beaches and fringing reefs backed by rainforest. Cedar Bay is home to some unusual wildlife including the vulnerable southern cassowary and rare Bennett's tree-kangaroo. Fishing and collecting is prohibited. No facilities are provided, but bush camping is permitted, by prior arrangement. Crocodiles can be found in the tidal creeks and in the sea, and marine stingers are a threat from October to May. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more about avoiding any dangers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

HOPE ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The Hope Islands are low-lying coral cays. The islands are part of the sea country of the Kuku Yalanji people who still hunt, fish and collect in the area. Twenty-five species of seabirds and many woodland birds can be seen on the islands. The surrounding waters and reefs are protected; fishing is allowed but restrictions apply. East Hope Island has four campsites, toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces. Limits apply to camper numbers and the length of stay. West Hope has no facilities. If snorkelling, beware of strong currents and tides. Marine stingers are a threat between October and May, and crocodiles can be found in the sea. Please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page for more about avoiding any dangers. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK
A glimpse of blue through the greenery of Daintree National Park, in Far North Queensland. The rainforest of the Daintree area is the oldest in the world, having existed here for up to 135 million years. The Daintree National Park is a huge park, consisting of two sections, with a settled area between the two, where you will find the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village. Cape Tribulation also lies within the boundaries of the park. It is a diverse region with wonderful opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and a wide range of wildlife... including crocodiles (although you can swim safely at Mossman Gorge) Please visit our DESTINATIONS pages for more details about MOSSMAN, DAINTREE, and CAPE TRIBULATION. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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MITCHELL-ALICE RIVERS PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

STAATEN RIVER NATIONAL PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

MOWBRAY NATIONAL PARK
Mowbray National Park is entirely within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The pyramid-shaped Black Mountain is the prominent feature of park. There are a number of walking tracks, and in some areas of the park, mountain bike riding, trail riding and horse riding are allowed. Camping is not permitted. Permits may be necessary to traverse some roads in the area. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

KURANDA STATE FORESTS
There are a number of walking tracks in Kuranda State Forest and Kuranda Forest Reserve, and in some areas of the park, mountain bike riding, trail riding and horse riding are allowed. Camping is not permitted. Permits may be necessary to traverse some roads in the area. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

BARRON GORGE NATIONAL PARK
The mighty Barron Falls in flood, near Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland. Barron Gorge is the traditional home of the Djabaguy people, and two of the more popular walking tracks in the park - the Douglas and Smiths tracks - were traditional pathways for the Djabaguy for thousands of years. At Barron Gorge, the visitor has an opportunity to experience the rainforest in a number of ways; canoeing on the lake, white water rafting on the Barron River, gazing from the window of the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, or from from above in a gondola on the Skyrail rainforest cableway. Barron Gorge National Park is just near Kuranda. To read more about Kuranda, the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Experience, and the Djabaguy Tkapukai) Aboriginal Cultural Park, please visit our KURANDA page. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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FITZROY ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Crystal clear water of Nudey Beach, on Fitzroy Island, Far North Queensland. Fitzroy Island is rugged and diverse with granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. It's a large island with a range of popular walking tracks, and also excellent snorkelling and diving just off the shore. There is a campground on the island, as well as a resort which offers activities such as scuba diving, sea kayaking, fishing, aqua scooters, catamarans, outriggers, paddle skis and glass-bottomed boat tours. There is a daily ferry service from Cairns. To read more about Fitzroy Island, and the other islands close to Cairns, please visit our CAIRNS ISLANDS page. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

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DINDEN FOREST RESERVE
Dinden Forest Reserve on the Atherton Tablelands contains tropical rainforest, tall eucalypt forest with flooded gum and turpentine, dry open forest and casuarina forest remnants. There are magnificent views from Kahlpahlim Rock, the highest point on the Lamb Range, but this is a steep climb, slippery when wet, and should only be tackled by experienced walkers. The alternative return route along the Ridge trail is less steep and less diverse. Bush camping is possible near Davies Creek. There are Aboriginal rock art paintings along the Bare Hill track. To get permission to visit this cultural site, contact the Kuranda Mantaka Kowrowa Mona Mona Aboriginal Corporation (07) 4093 9296. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

DINDEN STATE FOREST
Picnic tables, wood-fired barbecues and toilets are provided in the day use area near the carpark, set among tall gum trees beside Emerald Creek. From the carpark, there is an easy 2 kilometre walking track, ending at a lookout which provides views, not only of Emerald Creek falls, but also back along the valley and across the northern Atherton tableland. You can enjoy a refreshing paddle in the creek, but camping is not permitted. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

DAVIES CREEK NATIONAL PARK
Endangered northern bettongs are found in Davies Creek National Park. These rat-kangaroos, smaller than a rabbit, are found only in very limited areas of north Queensland and nowhere else in the world. Researchers also recently discovered southern brown bandicoots residing in the park a long way from the nearest known population on the Cape York Peninsula. The Djabugay Aboriginal people traditionally used this area for ceremonies, painting, and tool making. There are a number of campgrounds and walking tracks in Davies Creek National park and the adjoining parks. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

DANBULLA STATE FOREST
View of Lake Tinaroo, in Danbulla State Forest, Tropical North Queensland. Danbulla State Forest surrounds picturesque Lake Tinaroo on the Barron River, and features tropical rainforest and open forest, a crater lake and historic sites. The forest is home to a wonderful variety of animals including the northern bettong, green-eyed treefrog, Lumholtz tree-kangaroo, Herbert River ringtail possum, red goshawk, and many rare plants. This is also where you will find the magnificent Cathedral Fig. Around the lake there are five camping areas, with varying level of facilities. Walking tracks range froma few hundred metres to 5 kilometres in length. Canoeing is popular. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.









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GOLDSBOROUGH VALLEY STATE FOREST
A beautiful lowland rainforest along the Mulgrave River, this is the traditional home of several groups of Aboriginal people with a living rainforest culture. A short track to the base of Kearneys Falls will explain a little about Aboriginal culture and the rainforest. There are campgrounds in the park. Canoeing is popular between March and May, when the water levels are higher. Be very careful if canoeing in the wet season; hidden obstacles can be a hazzard.

WARNING: Never dive or jump into the river many pools are shallow. Bullrouts (freshwater stonefish) live in the river. Wear shoes when wading or swimming. If stung, apply hot (not scalding) water to the affected area. Seek medical attention.

For those intrepid explorers among us, you can follow in the footsteps of the prospectors on the historic 18 kilometre Goldfield Trail through Wooroonooran National Park east to The Boulders Scenic Reserve near Babinda. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

HALLORANS HILL CONSERVATION PARK
Hallorans Hill is an extinct volcanic cone on the Atherton Tableland. There is a short walk to the crater through the rainforest. Picnic tables, gas barbecues, water and toilets are provided. Camping is not permitted. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

CRATER LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Lake Barrine, in the Cairns Highlands, Tropical North Queensland. Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine are crater lakes surrounded by cool rainforest. At Lake Eacham, picnic tables, toilets, and gas and electric barbecues are provided. It is a popular spot for a refreshing swim. Lake Barrine is not as nice for swimming, but there is the option of taking a boat cruise. Canoes and other non-motorized boats are welcome on both lakes, but fishing is prohibited on both. Each lake has a 'lake cicruit' walking track; Barrine also has a few shorter trails. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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CURTAIN FIG NATIONAL PARK
The impressive Curtain Fig Tree, in Far North Queensland. Curtain Fig National park is significant in that it protects an endangered type of forest, called mabi forest. But most visitors come here to see one tree in particular; the 50 metre tall, 500 year old 'Curtain Fig'. This particular fig is unique because of its extensive aerial roots which have formed a 15 metre high 'curtain'. Starting from a seed dropped high in the canopy, this strangler fig grew vertical roots, which gradually became thicker and interwoven. Over hundreds of years these roots have strangled the host causing it to fall into a neighbouring tree. Vertical fig roots then formed a curtain-like appearance and the host trees rotted away, leaving the freestanding fig tree, with a trunk circumference of 39m. An elevated boardwalk protects the tree while allowing visitors uninterrupted views of the fig from all angles. There is no camping. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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HASTIES SWAMP NATIONAL PARK
Hasties Swamp National Park is a wetland which is a valuable refuge for local and migratory waterbirds. There is a large bird hide at the edge of the swamp, from which you can often view plumed whistling ducks, brolgas and magpie geese. The toilets and bird hide are wheelchair-accessible. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

WONGABEL STATE FOREST
Wongabel is an important wildlife refuge in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The forest also contains hoop pine plantations, other plantations and early plantings of red cedar trees. Visitors can learn about the area's Aboriginal culture and history along the heritage trail, and about rainforest trees from signs along the Wongabel Forest walk.Wheelchair-assisted access is possible to the Heritage trail. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

HERBERTON RANGE STATE FOREST AND FOREST RESERVE
1107 metre high Mount Baldy dominates the park, with views over Atherton and the tableland. Only experienced, fit walkers should attempt the walk to the summit of Mount Baldy. The walk is quite strenuous with steep sections and loose rock. There are other fire trails through the forest, which are ideal for hiking or cycling. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

MILLSTREAM FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Millstream Falls is reputedly Australia's widest single-drop waterfall. The park is an open forest of towering bloodwoods and stringybark trees, and is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Toilets, a shelter shed, picnic tables, wood barbecues and tank water are provided. Camping is not allowed in the park. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

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MALANDA FALLS CONSERVATION PARK
A rare glimpse of the elusive platypus, in the Malanda Falls Conservation Park, Atherton Tablelands. Have a picnic by the river that runs through this small rainforest remnant. If you're there around dusk, you may be lucky enough to see platypus in the river, or scrub-turkeys and orange-footed scrubfowl building mounds in the rainforest. There is a 'rainforest circuit' walking track, and an environmental centre next to the park where you can learn more about the history, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Toilets, a shelter shed, water, wood barbecues and picnic tables are provided. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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FRANKLAND GROUP NATIONAL PARK
The Frankland Group National Park, off the Cairns coast, in Far North Queensland. These five continental islands - High, Normanby, Mabel, Round and Russell - feature rocky outcrops, dense rainforest, mangroves and coastal vegetation, making them a haven for a variety of wildlife. they are surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, the traditional sea country of the Mandingalby Yindinji and Gungandji Aboriginal peoples. These days the islands are popular with day trippers, enjoying the snorkelling and diving. Camping is allowed by permit on Russell and High islands only. To read more about the Frankland Islands, and the other islands close to Cairns, please visit our CAIRNS ISLANDS page. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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HANN TABLELAND NATIONAL PARK
This park is listed as 'historic' and public acces is unavailable at the time of writing.

MOUNT HYPIPAMEE NATIONAL PARK
The park is centred around a deep, cylindrical volcanic pipe with a lake at the bottom. A platform at the end of a 400 metre walking track through the rainforest provides an uninterrupted view of the remaining crater. The crater is less than 70m across with sheer granite walls (the surface rock through which the gas exploded). Fifty-eight metres below the rim is a lake about 82m deep covered with a green layer of native waterweed. There are a couple of other interestiing walks. Picnic tables and toilets are provided. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

EUBENANGEE SWAMP NATIONAL PARK
Careful where you step!. Eubenangee Swamp National Park, in Tropical North Queensland. This is one of the wettest areas in Queensland. Eubenangee Swamp National Park is a seasonal coastal wetland, one of the most important wetlands between Ingham and Cairns, and is an important habitat for waterbirds. Birdwatchers might see jabiru, herons, egrets, spoonbills and ducks feeding in the swamp. Finches flock around the sedgelands and honeyeaters feed on melaleuca blossoms at the swamp edges. Rainforest birds can also be seen. Beware of estuarine crocodiles in the waterways. Never swim or wade through the water and stay on the boardwalks. Camping is not allowed. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

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RUSSELL RIVER NATIONAL PARK
This is a small coastal park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The environment consists of lowland rainforest, paperbark swamps and mangroves near the estuary of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers. Bush camping is permitted on Russell River, 6 kilometres north of Bramston Beach. Take drinking water, insect repellent and a fuel stove. No facilities are provided. Pay your camping fees on-site. Beware of estuarine crocodiles in the waterways and marine stingers between October and May. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

WOOROONOORAN NATIONAL PARK
Beautiful Josephine Falls, in Wooroonooran national Park, Far North Queensland. Wooroonooran National Park is a huge park - almost 800 square kilometres- that encompasses Jospehine Falls and Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland at an elevation of 1622 metres. The climb up to the peak is quite treacherous, largely due to unpredictable weather, and over the years there have been a number of tourist who have not returned from their climb. The park is divided into three different areas; the Palmerston section, the Josephine Falls section, and the Mount Bartle Frere section. There are campsites in various areas of the park, and popular walking tracks. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

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FORTY MILE SCRUB NATIONAL PARK
This is one of the few inland dry rainforest remnants in north Queensland. Camping is not permitted, but it's a pleasant spot for a picnic or a short walk. Toilet facilities and sheltered picnic tables are provided in the day use area beside the Kennedy Highway. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.

UNDARA VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
A curious rock wallaby at the cave entrance, Undara Volcanic National Park, in Tropical North Queensland's Outback. The Undara Volcano is just one of over 160 volcanoes, vents and cones within the McBride volcanic province. Undara is significant because of the huge lava flow that formed the largest and longest lava tube system on the planet. The lava field extends 90 kilometres to the north and 160 kilometres to the north-west of the crater! Guided tours of the caves are available, and accommodation is in the nearby Lava Lodge, your choice of luxuriously renovated vintage railway carriages, on-site tents, or campsites. For more information about this park, please CLICK HERE.
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