The very distinctive Walshs Pyramid is about 30min south of Cairns. The steep climb up the summit rewards with sweeping views over the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding peaks.
A short loop walk in the Dinden National Park (an hour from Cairns), the Davies Creek Falls circuit track combines great views, a waterfall and many idyllic swimming holes.
A partly off-track bushwalk in the McPherson State Forest, following the Slip Up Trail and visiting some shelters with Aboriginal rock art.
The Clover Hill Trail combines an easy walk along an old forestry road, followed by a challenging scramble through rainforest. It passes four waterfalls and some nice swimming holes.
Fans Horizon is a short (3.6km return) bushwalk that climbs up to a lookout over the Grand High Tops area. For best photos go late in the day.
The most popular bushwalk in the Warrumbungle National Park, the Breadknife and Grand High Tops bushwalk offers spectacular views of the volcanic rock formations. A side-trip to the top of Bluff Mountains adds some of the best views along the extended loop.
A short but challenging loop walk, the Belougery Split Rock track in Warrumbungle National Park offers spectacular views from the top of an ancient lava dome.
Combining the Rosewood Creek Track and Red Cedar Falls Track in Dorrigo National Park into a 10km loop is a great way to experience some of the best rainforest and to visit the highest waterfall in the park.