Have fun in the sun at a national park – with plenty of recreational activities available they’re great for the whole family.
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson says increased recreational opportunities in national parks improves tourism opportunities for locals and visitors alike.
“So many great destinations are just a short trip from our cities, and we are working to ensure our parks are easier and more accessible for all to enjoy,” Dickson says. “We’ve opened up new mountain-biking trails in many areas across the state this year, including the Promisedland Trail in Cordalba State Forest, and South Molle Island in the Whitsundays.”
Love hiking? Most of the walking tracks in national parks hit by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January have reopened through the year.
“In the Gold Coast hinterland, 30 of the 34 tracks that were closed because of fallen trees, rocks and debris, have been reopened,” says Dickson. “The Coomera Circuit in Lamington National Park is just one of the iconic tracks now available again for keen walkers.”
And campers will be cracking out the tent and sleeping bags this summer with a quarter of the state’s annual camping trips taking place over the school holidays.
“Queensland’s parks and forests hosted over 97,000 campers last summer who spent nearly 312,000 nights and we’re expecting similar numbers this summer,” says Dickson. “Fraser Island, Inskip and Cooloola are always popular, hosting 50 percent of summer holiday camping last year.”
Make sure you’re prepared for the bush and take special consideration for the heat – with temperatures soaring to the high thirties this summer, you might want to consider heading to somewhere you can quickly cool off, like a beach or lake.
“Those seeking adventure on the water have endless destinations to explore in our fabulous marine parks,” Dickson says. “Whether by jet ski, canoe or boat, these places offer wonderful opportunities to escape.”
What’s your favourite national park to explore? Are you camping this summer? Let us know!