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The Best 8 Hikes Around Queensland For Your Post-Iso Adventures

The country is abuzz with news of three step plans to get Australia open again. Sure, they don’t have hard and fast dates, and different states are lifting restrictions at different speeds, but there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Which means that it’s time to start planning your next adventure, and what better way than to start ticking some of the most epic, home-grown hikes off your bucketlist.

If you’re in Queensland, or when we’re all able to travel to Queensland again in the (hopefully) nearish future, you’re in for a real treat.

There are so many different terrains throughout the Sunny State: from red dirt deserts, to white sand beaches and bright green rainforests. Not to mention the weather tends to stay a bit warmer up there. So then, where to start?

The Best 8 Hikes Around Queensland

#1 Thorsborne Trail

 

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You can’t go wrong with any trails along Hinchinbrook Island, but the Thorsborne Trail takes you to the top of Zoe Falls and my GOD it’s beautiful. Plus you have to apply for a permit and only 40 people can be on the island at one time, so that’s a big tick for social distancing.

#2 Ngaro Sea Trail

 

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What could make a hike in The Tropical Whitsundays better? Getting to jump on a boat as part of your journey. This trail actually continues over three islands: Whitsunday Island, South Molle and Hook Island. Take it all on and hike your way up peaks, along winding pathways and through open forests, or just enjoy one island.

#3 Bartle Frere

 

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What better brag than climbing the tallest mountain in Queensland? A little north of Innisfail, you’ll be climbing 1622 metres above sea level over uncertain terrain, so you’ll need to be prepared and know what you’re doing. But the view from the top as the trees start to clear make it all worth it.

#4 Carnavon Great Walk

 

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We won’t be getting to the Grand Canyon anytime soon, but Australia has its own smaller version in the form of Carnavon Gorge. There’s also a lot of Indigenous sites here too, so you get nature and culture. You can get around the gorge in an easy 10km hike, or follow the whole 87km Great Walk through the entire national park.

#5 The Glass House Mountains

 

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Between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast sits a series of dramatic mountains. There’s a track through the area to suit most hiking levels, from ones that kids can do to legit scrambles. What doesn’t change is the outrageously beautiful views from every angle.

#6 Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

 

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If you’ve made it to the Gold Coast but haven’t explored the hinterland area, you’re doing it wrong. Have an adventure on the whole 54km of winding track along the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, through Lamington and Springbrook National Parks and along the rim of ancient Tweed Volcano (did you know we had extinct volcanoes? Because I didn’t).

#7 Box Forest Circuit

 

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It’s not a list of Queensland hikes until there’s an epic waterfall included. You’ll probably want to wait until Spring for this day hike, but you should definitely put it on your list. Think sub-tropical rainforest (it’s part of the Gondwana Rainforests after all), rushing waterfalls and plenty of wildlife (if you’re quiet).

#8 Cooloola Great Walk

 

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Noosa isn’t just for the recently wed, it’s for adventurers who love an ocean view. This 102km hike takes you through sand dunes, beaches, lighthouses and the Noosa River. If you go at the right time of year you can even catch migrating whales off the shore from Double Island Point lighthouse.

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