The second largest state of Australia, Queensland has the highest number of national parks – 237 national parks as at 2020. Unfortunately, Queensland has the least amount of area as a percentage that is protected (when you include other areas like nature reserves and conservation parks). Unlike most other other states, there is no entry fee for any national parks – but you need to make a Camping Booking and pay a fee for most campsites and get a Vehicle Access Permit for Bribie Island, K’gari (Fraser Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Cooloola and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) recreation areas.
- National Parks and State Forests are managed by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science – Parks and Forests, who look after 305 parks and forests.
- There are over 27,000 reserves and trust land which have been set aside for public or community purposes.
Featuring sweeping vista and spectacular rock pools, Blackdown Tableland National Park on the edge of the central Queensland sandstone belt. The park has five short bushwalks and a large camping area.
This small national park was once the stage for one of Australia's longest-running environmental conflicts. Mount Etna Caves National Park protects limestones caves, home to colonies of little bent-wing bats.
A tiny national park in Central Queensland, Capricorn Coast National Park, which consists of four separate reserves. There are four short bushwalks you can do in the park at Double Head and Bluff Point.
Although none of Great Keppel Island (Woppa) is designated as a national park, most of the island is untouched bushland. The island has 26km of bushwalking trails and 17 pristine beaches, fringed by the Great Barrier Reef.