Wheelchair Accessible Walks in Queensland National Parks
Queensland, a jewel in Australia’s crown, is not just known for its shimmering beaches, but also for its commitment to inclusivity. A testament to this commitment is the myriad of wheelchair-accessible walks available in its national parks, allowing everyone to immerse themselves in its natural beauty.
1. Barron Gorge National Park, Cairns
Just 27km north-west of Cairns, Barron Gorge National Park is a sanctuary of natural wonders. The Din Din Barron Falls boardwalk, especially designed for those with accessibility requirements, offers a serene journey leading to The Edge Lookout. If you’re seeking an elevated view, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a breathtaking experience.
2. Daintree National Park, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef:
At Cape Tribulation, the Daintree National Park unfurls itself. Visitors can meander through three accessible boardwalks – Marrdja, Dubuji, and Kulki. For a deep dive into the region’s ecosystem, the Daintree Discovery Centre is an educational haven.
3. Wooroonoon National Park, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Just a short 15-minute drive from Innisfail, this national park houses the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, offering visitors a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy.
4. Noosa and Great Sandy National Park, Sunshine Coast
On the Sunshine Coast, both these parks deliver coastal charm. The Coastal Walk trail and the Cooloola section are favorites among visitors, with the Bymien picnic area offering the perfect spot for a family picnic.
5. Undara Volcanic National Park, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
A few hours west of Cairns lies a unique volcanic landscape. The guided tour of Road Cave with Undara Experience gives a riveting insight into the area’s geological history.
6. Eungella National Park, Mackay
Roughly 1.5 hours east of Mackay, this park is a must-visit. The Sky Window walk is both scenic and easily accessible, offering unparalleled views.
7. Girraween National Park, Southern Queensland Country
Located in the Granite Belt, this park is known for its granite landscapes and eucalypt forests. The Wyberba Walk is a gentle trail that is wheelchair-friendly.
8. Burrum Coast National Park, Bundaberg
A stone’s throw away from Bundaberg, this coastal park’s Banksia Track offers stunning views. The Walkers Point day-use area is a favorite among families.
9. Lamington National Park, Gold Coast
Nestled in the Scenic Rim, this park’s Centenary Track is accessible and beautiful. Nearby, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers luxurious stays, while Springbrook and Tamborine National Parks are also worth a visit.
10. Glass House Mountains, Sunshine Coast
Dominating the landscape of the Sunshine Coast, the Glass House Mountains lookout offers panoramic views of the ancient volcanic peaks.
11. Crater Lakes National Park, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Situated in the Atherton Tablelands, the Twin kauris walk is a peaceful stroll. Nearby, the Clohesy Fig boardwalk in Dinden National Park and Curtain Fig National Park are both accessible and scenic.
12. Mount Archer National Park, Rockhampton
Overlooking Rockhampton, the Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk offers views of the city and beyond. The 500-metre flat boardwalk offers spectacular views of the city and the mighty Fitzroy River, and extends a heart-racing 25-metres off the side of the mountain.
Additionally, Queensland’s urban landscapes are also wheelchair-friendly. The Brisbane Riverwalk, South Bank, and paths along the Bicentennial Bikeway showcase the state’s commitment to accessibility. Not to mention, wildlife parks in the region have made efforts to be accessible to all.
In Queensland, nature’s splendors are not just sights to behold but are experiences to be had by everyone, irrespective of their mobility.