Regional Adventures

Pack your bags and take a journey into the wilderness, to experience a collection of hikes, drives and amazing scenes waiting to be explored. Cool off under a waterfall and enjoy a romantic rainforest escape at Paluma, count how many koalas you meet as you wander along Magnetic Island’s walking trails or embark on hike through an island with Jurassic scenes.

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Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park

In the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park, Alligator Creek flows through the landscape in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The Alligator Falls track starts from the southern end of the Alligator Creek day-use area. Stroll the first 500 metres along the track to the Alligator Creek lookout, then continue for another two kilometres to Cockatoo Creek, an ideal place for a rest and a swim. From Cockatoo Creek the track meanders roughly parallel to the creek, following powerlines through open woodland forest to Hidden Valley. An open clearing features towering, old mango trees, one of the only reminders of the homestead that once stood there. After a further two kilometres, the track arrives at a series of steps ascending through a rocky vine-thicket where some boulder-scrambling is required. The track then suddenly emerges at the falls. Access to and above the falls is not provided. On this track visitors must cross the creek on four occasions. These crossings vary in depth from ankle-deep to approximately waist-deep depending on the conditions. Visitors are advised to start walking in the morning to ensure a safe return during daylight hours. Carry water and wear sturdy footwear.

Cloudy Creek Walk, Paluma Range National Park

From the car park, a short track leads you to McClellands lookout then meanders through the rainforest to a track junction, where the right-hand-route leads to Witts lookout, a steep climb through open forest to lookouts on rocky outcrops, and the left-hand Cloudy Creek track leads you through rainforest to a series of small waterfalls along Cloudy Creek. From McClellands and Witts lookouts, enjoy extensive views of Halifax Bay and the Palm Islands. Some sections of this walk are steep with many steps and boulder hopping and, because of the high elevation, the temperature is often cool and shrouded in mist. Stay on the track at all times, wear sturdy footwear and sun protection and take adequate drinking water.

Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park

The Forts Walk, on Magnetic Island National Park, is one of the most popular tracks on the island. The four kilometre return walk leads to historic World War II fortifications and infrastructure. Starting on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay, the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex. Along the way lookouts offer excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Koalas are often seen in trees along the track. The walk culminates in 360 degree views from the top of the fortifications. The Australian Coast Artillery Units operated the Forts complex from 1943 until the end of the Pacific War in 1945. Today the Forts ruins are protected and are a unique attraction within the national park.

Jourama Falls Track, Paluma Range National Park

Jourama Falls track is located within the Paluma Range National Park. Jourama Falls is picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek. The 3 kilometre return track to Jourama Falls lookout starts at the end of the road, 700 metres past the main camping area. A pleasant walk through open woodland leads you to a creek crossing. At the signposted junction, about 100 metres beyond the creek crossing, continue to the lookout or visit the creek further upstream. The 600 metre track to the lookout is all uphill but you will be rewarded with views out over the falls and the surrounding rainforest. Never jump or dive into water and be careful at the water's edge. Rocks can be extremely slippery and submerged timber can appear after flooding. Fatalities and serious injuries have occurred here. Do not attempt to cross strong flowing creeks and streams.

Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park

The Thorsborne Trail is a 32 kilometre walking trail within Hinchinbrook Island National Park. Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1,000 metres, support fragile heath vegetation. Lush rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The Thorsborne Trail is not a graded or hardened walking track and, in some areas, is rough and difficult to traverse. It should only be undertaken by fit, experienced and well-prepared walkers who are fully self-sufficient. The trail is managed under the minimal impact bushwalking and no-trace camping ethics. To help minimise impact and to maintain the wilderness setting, permits are issued for a maximum of 40 people on the trail at any one time. The largest group size is six. Before setting out, all walkers should obtain a copy of the QPWS Thorsborne Trail guide. Leave hiking details with a responsible contact person. This will assist in the event of an emergency situation or when hikers are overdue. We recommend that hikers plan to spend four days traversing this difficult trail.