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Sunshine Coast National & State Parks

Australia’s Sunshine Coast is an area that is ecologically diverse with a total of seven national parks and a huge range of state parks and forests which are located around inland and the coastal area.

Each of these parks offers you the opportunity of a lifetime to view both wild animals as well as endangered or threatened plant species. The parks also combine waterfalls, fauna and many walking paths, mountain bike and horse riding trails as well as 4WD driving tracks.

Sunshine Coast National Parks, Conservation, State & Forest, Trail Maps


The coastal paradise of Noosa houses the renowned Noosa National Park; 4000 hectares of land that contains a lake, rainforest and several walking tracks. Come up to the Noosa National Park where you will get some of the best views of the Sunshine Coast from its stunning lookouts and viewing platforms.

Check out Buderim National Park which has over 45 hectares of land and is best known for the Buderim Falls, a gorgeous waterfall that is the centrepiece of the beautiful landscape. Tewantin National Park provides the best place to view the popular Noosa Coast Lake and the surrounding tropical forest and the Mooloolah River National Park is well known for its well-maintained walking tracks as well protecting the coastal rainforests which face the danger of extinction.

The most popular parks on the Sunshine Coast are the Glass House Mountains, Great Sandy and Kondalilla National Parks. The Great Sandy is popular for its fascinating landscape and extensive beaches. High sand dunes, sweeping beaches, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath are the main attraction at this beautiful national park.

There are so many parks and forested areas in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, many that offer camping facilities. So click the links below to explore the many natural attractions available on the Sunshine Coast.



Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park

Noosa Heads, QLD

The Noosa National Park is home to some of Australia’s most spectacular coastlines. It’s over 4,000 hectares and encompasses the picturesque headland in Noosa Heads, dunes and heath plains around Lake Weyba, coastal...

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D’aguilar National Park

D’Aguilar National Park

Mount Byron, QLD

The D’Aguilar National Park is one of the most stunning parks in Queensland. Home to the majestic D’Aguilar Range, it makes an easy day trip and is located just 1.5 hours away by car from Brisbane. D’Aguilar...

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Conondale National Park

Conondale National Park

Kenilworth, QLD

Conondale National Park is one of the most beautifully rugged, lush rainforests destinations in Queensland. Filled with tall eucalyptus trees, creeks, and majestic waterfalls, the environment in this area is sure to...

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Kondalilla National Park

Kondalilla National Park

Montville, QLD

Kondalilla National Park is one of the most spectacular parks on the Sunshine Coast that is popular for picnics, day trips and scenic tours. The magnificent Kondalilla National Park is located on the Blackall Ranges and...

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Great Sandy National Park

Great Sandy National Park

Cooloola, QLD

One of the most loved natural attractions on the Sunshine Coast is the Great Sandy National Park, a breathtaking park that stretches over 56,000 hectares. These massive dunes are a surreal environment, though there are...

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Wild Horse Mountain

Coochin Creek, QLD

Wild Horse Mountain is the smallest of all the Glass House Mountains. Standing at 123 meters high, this mountain is unique because it’s east of the Bruce Highway while the other Glass House Mountains are west. Because...

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Mapleton Falls National Park

Mapleton National Park

Mapleton, QLD

Mapleton National Park is located approximately 105 kilometres north of Brisbane within the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Located on the northern end of the Blackall Range, this forest reserve protects diverse forest...

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Mount Beerburrum

Beerburrum, QLD

Mount Beerburrum is one of the majestic mountains within the Glass House Mountains National Park. These mountains formed around 27 million years ago when molten lava turned into hard rock. Mount Beerburrum, Walk / Hike...

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Emu Mountain

Emu Mountain

Coolum Beach, QLD

Emu Mountain is a popular tourist destination located between Coolum and Peregian Beach. Its name comes from Peregian, an Aboriginal word that means Emu. It’s popular for scenic yet easy walks that enable you to reach...

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Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, QLD

Mount Coolum National Park is one of the most beautiful attractions on the Sunshine Coast. Boasting panoramic coastal views, the park is home to many threatened and rare plants, birds, wildflowers, animals, and unique...

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Mapleton National Park

Mapleton Falls National Park

Mapleton, QLD

Mapleton Falls National Park is a smaller national park within the Sunshine Coast region but still offers many things for visitors to see and do. Located 105kms from Brisbane, Mapleton Falls National Park can be reached...

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Maleny National Park

Maleny National Park

Curramore, QLD

Maleny National Park in Curramore is a 1,880-hectare conservation site that plays a vital role in preserving the local landscape, flora, and fauna. The park was gazette back in 2006, and before that was known as the...

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Imbil State Forest

Imbil State Forest

Kenilworth, QLD

The Imbil State Forest is a spectacular attraction located 150km away from Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. There are many factors why this forest reserve is special. For one, it’s home to the first hoop pine plantation...

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Bellthorpe National Park

Bellthorpe National Park

Bellthorpe, QLD

Bellthorpe National Park is a stunning, rugged park with some of the best 4WD tracks around the Moreton Bay region. Located by the Conondale Range’s southern end, the park is a hidden gem that isn’t just popular among...

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The Gantry

Mount Mee, QLD

The Gantry is a day-use area in the D’Aguilar National Park that is popular for its picturesque picnic setting in the bush. It also has historical aspects to it, so it’s worth a visit while here. The Gantry, Day Use...

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Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools

Noosa Heads, QLD

The Fairy Pools of Noosa are a delightful hidden gem that will take your breath away. These two natural tide pools are nestled among the basalt rocks located west of Noosa Heads. They are an iconic landmark that offers...

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Cooloola Recreation Area

Cooloola Recreation Area

Cooloola , QLD

The Cooloola Recreation Area is a stunning outdoor space that is simply perfect for unplugging from the digital world and immersing in natural beauty. It’s famous for thrilling four-wheel-drive adventures along coloured...

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Buderim Forest Park

Buderim Forest Park

Buderim, QLD

The Buderim Forest Park is a stunning subtropical rainforest located on Buderim Mountain’s northern side. Home to a sprawling, breathtaking area of figs, ferns, majestic trees, and various types of birdlife, this park...

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Tea Tree Bay

Noosa Heads, QLD

Tea Tree Bay is one of the four bays on the Noosa Headland, well-loved for its excellent surf and serene environment. It’s only 20 minutes away by foot from Laguna Bay and close to the busy yet stylish Hastings Street...

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Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay

Noosa Heads, QLD

Alexandria Bay is one of the most picturesque destinations in Noosa. Boasting a magnificent golden shoreline and sparkling blue wavy seas, this beach between Devils Kitchen and Hell’s Gates offers visitors a secluded...

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Amamoor State Forest

Amamoor State Forest

Amamoor Creek, QLD

The Amamoor State Forest is located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and is home to the Bunya Pine, the Red Cedar, Hoop Pine and White Cedar. It has one of the largest swimming holes in Queensland and is home to various...

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Searys Creek

Searys Creek

Cooloola, QLD

Searys Creek is a tranquil spring-fed body of water with a sandy bottom. What makes it unique is its orange-tinted hues, thanks to the tea-tree tannins that pass through it, which come from the plants around the water...

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Beerburrum State Forest

Beerburrum State Forest

Coochin Creek, QLD

The Beerburrum State Forest is located on the Sunshine Coast, just a one-hour drive north of Brisbane. The Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests are located on both sides of the Bruce Highway. The Beerburrum State Forest...

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Dularcha National Park

Dularcha National Park

Landsborough, QLD

Dularcha National Park is a unique heritage-listed historical and natural attraction in Queensland. It’s famously known for the historic tunnel built back in 1891, which served the North Coast railway, transporting...

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Mooloolah River National Park

Mooloolah River National Park

Sippy Downs, QLD

The Mooloolah River National Park is only a few minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast, which makes it a convenient location to visit on your next stay on the coast. This park is divided into two zones: the Mooloolah...

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Tewantin National Park

Tewantin National Park

Tewantin, QLD

The Tewantin National Park is located along the Cooroy Noosa Road, 2km West of Tewantin and 10km from Noosa. It has two recreational areas; Mount Tinbeerwah and Wooroi day-use area. Mount Tinbeerwah is 260 metres above...

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Brooyar State Forest

Brooyar State Forest

Bells Bridge, QLD

Brooyar State Forest is located just 10kms north of Gympie along the Bruce Highway. The forest features sandstone cliffs, tall eucalypt forests and hoop pine plantations. Many visitors come to the Brooyar State Forest...

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Woondum National Park

Mothar Mountain , QLD

Woondum National Park is a gorgeous destination for bushwalking, picnics, and swimming in the rock pools. Located 16km east of Gympie, the park is lush and full of lovely flora. Woondum National Park, Walks, 4WD, Rock...

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Toolara State Forest

Toolara Forest, QLD

Toolara State Forest is located between the Fraser Coast and Gympie in Queensland, though most of the land is within the Gympie region. A majority of the land use is for the State Forest, except for a small strip found...

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Beerwah

Beerwah State Forest

Beerwah, QLD

The Beerwah State Forest is located on the Sunshine Coast, just a one-hour drive north of Brisbane. The Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests are located on both sides of the Bruce Highway. Also known as...

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Hell’s Gates

Hell’s Gates

Noosa Heads, QLD

Hell’s Gates is a unique destination within the Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast. Don’t let its dramatic name fool you: it’s a must-visit for its breathtaking views of the coastline, from Double Island Point to...

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Granite Bay

Granite Bay

Noosa Heads, QLD

Granite Bay is one of the five beautiful bays located in Noosa Point, a popular surfing area on the Sunshine Coast. It is the least crowded of the bays, which make it the perfect surfing beach. Granite Bay, Noosa...

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Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park

Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park

Upper Caboolture, QLD

Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park is a stunning bushwalking destination in Caboolture. It’s equally popular among horse riders and walkers who love quiet escapes that take them into exotic and tropical natural...

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Currimundi Lake Conservation Park

Currimundi Lake Conservation Park

Wurtulla, QLD

Currimundi Lake Conservation Park (also known as Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park) was named after Kathleen McArthur, a conservationist and wildflower artist. Kathleen had campaigned for the protection of this lake...

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Currimundi Lake (kathleen Mcarthur) Conservation Park

Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park

Wurtulla, QLD

The Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park is a popular nature reserve famous for excellent outdoor family activities such as bushwalking and canoeing. It was named after a conservationist, local artist...

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Dolphin Point Lookout

Dolphin Point Lookout

Noosa Heads, QLD

Dolphin Point Lookout in Noosa National Park is a popular tourist attraction for many reasons. This viewpoint has placed the park on the global tourism map. It’s a must-visit when on the Sunshine Coast –...

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Parklands Conservation Park

Parklands Conservation Park

Parklands, QLD

The Parklands Conservation Park is a critical wildlife habitat on the Sunshine Coast. It has also become a well-loved tourist destination frequented by locals for its excellent bushwalks and mountain biking trails...

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Tuchekoi National Park

Pomona, QLD

Tuchekoi National Park is a spectacular destination popular among adventure lovers for the challenging and rewarding climbs. It’s also home to Mount Cooroora, which is a major highlight of the park. This 439-meter-high...

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Yurol State Forest

Pomona, QLD

The Yurol State Forest is a lush area with exciting 4×4, biking, horse riding, and walking tracks. Located in Pomona, the forest gives you the feeling of being remote – even if you’re close to town. Yurol...

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