If you’ve had your dose of Queensland’s pristine beaches, white sands, and gorgeous coastlines, you don’t have to get out of state for something different. After all, Queensland is home to plenty of lush hinterlands and rainforests. From camping spots to hiking trails, you won’t run out of places to explore. After those hours of hiking, you’re sure to enjoy a reward like no other: a glimpse into the East Coast’s otherwordly side. Put on your hiking boots and explore Queensland hinterlands in search for these amazing natural treasures.
Scenic mountain villages at McPherson Range
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Country towns and villages dot the base and edges of the mountains at McPherson Range, giving off a charming vibe that’s completely the opposite of the busy cities of the East Coast. If you want to recharge, drive, bike, or hike along the trails of the McPherson Range and get your dose of fresh, mountain air. Get to know the locals and get a taste of the local produce. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or you’re on a soul-searching trip, McPherson Range and its mountain villages provide the perfect backdrop.
Bioluminescent worms at the Springbrook National Park
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The Springbrook National Park is teeming with ancient treasures such as the primitive glow-worms. These blue-green critters aren’t really worms, but are larvae of a primitive fly species that’s endemic to Australia and New Zealand. They live and thrive on the permanently humid environment under the thick rainforest trees of the Springbook National Park. For a closer look, head to the Natural Bridge area. Its ceiling, earth banks, and overhangs glow back to life after sunset as the larvae give off a bioluminescent light to attract prey.
Gondwanda Rainforests at Lamington National Park
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Ever dreamed of stepping into the Lost World? You can by checking out the amazingly lush landscape of the Gondwanda Rainforests. A World Heritage Site, these forests are currently home to a variety of rare and threatened species of plants and animals. Some of the world’s oldest plants thrive in this lush environment, giving us a glimpse of what was it like during the Prehistoric ages. Don’t be surprised if some of the fern species here existed alongside the dinosaurs. It also serves as the site for ongoing geological processes, giving scientists a chance to study earth’s evolution through the rainforests’ unique and ancient land formations.
The Wallaman Falls at Girringun National Park
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Tired of looking at the computer screen all day long? Take a break and spend an afternoon watching majestic waterfalls cascade down a lush, green edge. For a truly memorable holiday, check out the Wallaman Falls at Girringun National Park. Hailed as the country’s tallest waterfall, you’ll be hypnotised by the waters as they cascade down into the steamy rainforest and end up in a pool that’s 20 metres deep. The dramatic precipice provides the perfect setting for those awesome, brag-worthy snapshots.
The Idiot Fruit at The Daintree Rainforest
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The Daintree Rainforest, considered as one of the most ancient and complex ecosystems on earth, is home to the idiot fruit. Don’t be fooled by its name. It’s actually one of the most ancient and rarest species of flowering plants in the world. Beneath its vibrant petals are probably the secrets to how the flowering plant evolved. The discovery of the idiot fruit helped place Daintree on the spotlight and under the World Heritage list.
At Queensland’s gorgeous hinterlands, you won’t run out of places to check out, sights to see, and amazing natural treasures to marvel at. To make sure your trip starts out smoothly, do your research first and see when’s the best time to visit these lush landscapes. Keep in mind that many of these sites are inaccessible or hard to get to during winter or the rainy season. If you need to fly out to any of these destinations, don’t forget to check out our cheap Brisbane airport parking rates.