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Ben Bennett Botanical Park
Natural bushland off Queen Street in Caloundra with a waterlily lagoon and good place for bird watching.

Buderim Forest Park
Rain forest on Buderim mountain with walking tracks and timber bridges. Car parking is easy at Quorn Place and at Lindsay Road.

Coochin Creek State Forest Park
A few km north of the Pumicestone Passage is a place of exotic pine trees and good for picnics, camping and swimming. There is a boat ramp and wood is supplied for the barbeques.

Currimundi Lake Conservation Park

Gardner’s Falls

Glass House Mountains National Park

Glass House Mountains National Park
The Glass House mountains are located to the West of the Bruce Highway near Beerwah. They are very visible from the Bruce Highway and appear as volcanic cones. Many bushwalking opportunities exist in the Glass House Mountains and several of the mountains can be climbed. Mt Beerwah 556 m is 2.6km climb and recommended for experienced climbers only. Mt Tibrogargan is 364m and a challenging 3-4 hours. Mt Ngungum at 253m is the easiest Glass House mountain to climb. For details contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service at Beerwah on 07 5494 01510.

Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola)

Great Sandy National Park
Extending from North of Noosa up to Rainbow Beach is the 64,000 hectare Great Sandy National Park, also known as Cooloola. From Noosa the best way to reach the park is by river. Many operators run day trips into the Everglades area of the park and combine with a BBQ or picnic in the park. The Everglades with their dark black water, due to the dye from the tea trees creates mirror images that make for wonderful reflections.

Foote Sanctuary

Jowarra State Forest Park

Kondalilla National Park

Kondalilla National Park
Turn off the Mapleton to Montville road to Kondalilla National Park. There are several short walks. The Kondalilla Falls circuit is 2.7km. The track begins at the top of the Kondalilla Falls and winds down through the rainforest to the base of the waterfall. An alternative is the Picnic Creek Circuit which is a 2.1km walk through open forest with views of the rainforest valley.

Lake Baroon
Baroon Pocket dam covers 380ha and provides water for the Sunshien Coast. It is possible to swim,fish and canoe on the lake and enjoy the barbeque and picnic areas. Norht Maleny Road, Maleny.

Lake Cootharaba
Located in Cooloola National Park, Lake Cootharaba is a beautiful lake surrounded by native plants. The first settlement was in the 1870's with the development of the Elanda Point Sawmill built on the edge of the lake. A tramway system was built to transport the logs across the swamp to the edge of the lake where flat bottomed paddle steamers towed barges across the lake to Tewantin. Then by the steam Culgoa to Brisbane.

Lake Cootharaba

Kenilworth State Forest

Mapleton Falls National Park
On the road to Montville a pleasant walk can be had at Mapleton Falls. The views from the car park are impressive but the water fall trickles most of the year! A pleasant circular walk of 1.3km provides a good introduction to the rain forest. This walk winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest. The Peregrine Lookout provides an excellent view of the Obi Obi valley. For further information on the park call 07 5494 3983.

Mapleton Forest Reserve

Mooloolah River National Park

Maroochy River Conservation Park
A good place for bird watching. Maroochy River Conservation Park is off Ocean View Drive which is off the David Low Way in Mudjimba. The walking track is 4.4km long and passes through open paperbark and eucalypt forest.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Great views from this vantage point and bushwalks and found at the southern end of the Blackall range. There is 52 hecatres of natural reainforest. Mary Cairncross has a few falciites, cafe and Natural History Educaiton Centre. Mountain View Road, Maleny.

Mt Coolum National Park

Mt Ninderry

Mt Tinbeerwah
An easy 30 minute walk to height of 265m with wonderful views from a lookout perched on a steep cliff. Part of the track is accessible by wheel chair. The car park is located on the Mt Tinbeerwah Road signposted off the Cooroy Noosa Road.

Mt Cooroora
This popular mountain walk that rises to 439m is steep and difficult. Every July the King of the Mountain challenge takes place and the record is about 20 minutes to the top and back. Allow two hours and that will still be some effort on this steep climb with some loose stones. The car park is located on Mountain Road which is off School Road in the village of Pomona.

Noosa National Park
The park, first created in 1939, and officially opened in 1949 by Sir John Laverack, the then Governor of Queensland, has become one of the most visited national parks in Australia. The park is very organized with an information centre (07 5447 3243), picnic areas and a number of well marked walking tracks covering an area of 2290 ha. The main entrance is at the end of Park Road, a 15 minute walk from the end of Hastings Street. Car parking is available at the park entrance. From the main entrance a number of walks are possible. There are a number of marked tracks in Noosa National Park. There are other sections of Noosa National Park at Peregian, Emu Mountain and East Weyba.

Parklands Forest Reserve
Parklands is 4 km from Nambour and 5km from Yandina. Take the Parklands exit off the Bruce Highway north of Nambour. There are 15km of walking tracks.

Peregian Conservation Park

Tewantin Forest Reserve

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