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  •   Brisbane - Natural Attractions

•   Moreton Island
A short ferry ride will take you to Moreton Island. Moreton Island National Park covers virtually all this sand island and access is by four-wheel drive only. Stay at Tangalooma Resort on the island and hand feed the wild dolphins. What an experience!

•   Mt Tambourine
Mt Tambourine is a popular weekend destination. The air is cool and clear, and the area has a variety of rainforests, waterfalls and lookouts.

•   Mt Coot-tha
Just 15 minutes from the city is Mt Coot-tha, which has over 1500 hectares of open eucalypt forest. Picnics, barbeque facilities and walks are available.

•   Brisbane Forest Park
Close to the city lies Brisbane Forest Park. This area of rainforest has picnic and barbeque facilities, several lookouts and many walks ranging from easy to challenging. Camping is also permitted in various areas.

•   Lamington National Park
In the Gold Coast hinterland you will find Lamington National Park, a stunning area of rainforest. The two main areas are Binna Burra and Green Mountains (or O`Reilly`s as it is widely known). Binna Burra has a treetop walkway and a huge variety of birdlife, while Green Mountains has spectacular views to the coast. Both areas have picnic facilities and extensive walks.

•   Toohey Forest Park
On the south side of the city lies Toohey Forest. This area of eucalypt forest has picnic and barbeque facilities and many walking tracks. Spotlighting after dark is a popular way to see the local wildlife.

•   Boondall Wetlands
North of the city is Boondall Wetlands. This area comprises both tidal and freshwater wetlands, and is an important area for migratory wading birds. Picnic facilities and walks are available. For a real treat, hire a boat or canoe and explore the area from the water.

•   Condamine Gorge
If you have a four-wheel drive and aren`t afraid to use it off-road, take the trip along Condamine Gorge to Queen Mary Falls. The route follows the winding creek, but with 11 river crossings this is best not attempted after heavy rain.

•   Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains, north of Brisbane, were named by Captain James Cook in 1770, and are plugs formed by ancient volcanoes. See them all from the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout off the Old Gympie Road, or take the 700m trail to the top of Mount Ngungun.

•   Noosa National Park
The area in and around Noosa Heads, known for its enviable beach lifestyle and superb cuisine, also has another side. Noosa National Park, a short distance from Hastings Street, has some stunning walks through coastal heath to secluded beaches and lookout points.

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