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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.

Glasshouse Mountains National Park

Glasshouse Mountains National Park

Glass House Mountains, QLD

As one of the most spectacular scenic points on the Sunshine Coast, the Glass House Mountains and its national park are a popular tourist destination in Queensland. With the verdant rainforests, adjacent coastline and...

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Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park

Noosa Heads, QLD

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...

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Conondale National Park

Conondale National Park

Conondale, QLD

The Conondale National Park is a beautiful natural attraction which is located 130 kilometres north of Brisbane and 15 kilometres south of the Kenilworth township. The park consists of 35,500 hectares of dense...

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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 sand dunes are a surreal environment to be in...

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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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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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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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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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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 is responsible for protecting...

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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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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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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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Buderim Conservation Park

Buderim Conservation Park

Buderim, QLD

The Buderim Conservation Park is a beautiful piece of rainforest in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. With over 45 hectares of land, this luscious forest is best known for the Buderim Falls, a gorgeous waterfall which is...

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Delicia Road Conservation Park

Delicia Road Conservation Park

Mapleton, QLD

Delicia Road Conservation Park is located 105km north of Brisbane and past Mapleton on the Blackall Range. This conservation park is maintained in order to protect the remnant forest communities of the Blackall range...

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Mudlo National Park

Mudlo National Park

Mudlo, QLD

Popularly known as Mudlo Gap, Mudlo National Park is a vine forest located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The 22-sq.km park provides excellent views and enjoyable walking trails for sightseeing enthusiasts. The...

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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 is a convenient location to visit on your next stay on the coast. This park is divided into two zones: Mooloolah River...

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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 who was a conservationist and wildflower artist. Kathleen had campaigned for the protection of this...

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Eudlo Creek Conservation Park

Eudlo Creek Conservation Park

Diddillibah, QLD

Eudlo Creek Conservation Park is a gorgeous conservation park area located in Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast. It’s of great environmental significance due to the biodiversity located here. Eudlo Creek...

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Bullock Creek Conservation Park

Bullock Creek Conservation Park

Donnybrook, QLD

Bullock Creek Conservation Park is a beautiful park home to several magnificent trees and terrains. The park is popular for fun hiking and bushwalking trails. Bullock Creek Conservation Park, Woodland & Wetland...

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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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George Watson Bushland Park

George Watson Bushland Park

Shelly Beach, QLD

George Watson Bushland Park in Shelly Beach is a lush tree and bushland area that provides breathtaking views of the ocean. Though an underrated destination on the Sunshine Coast, if you are in the area this spot is...

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Caloundra Conservation Park

Caloundra Conservation Park

Meridan Plains, QLD

The Caloundra Conservation Park is a culturally and environmentally significant destination in the Sunshine Coast. Serving as a home to hundreds of species, the park is also a terrific destination for visitors looking...

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Boiling Pot Lookout

Boiling Pot Lookout

Noosa Heads, QLD

Boiling Pot Lookout is the first scenic viewpoint within the Noosa National Park coastal walk track. Visitors stop by here on their way to explore other lookouts while taking in the dramatic views of Noosa North Shore...

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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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Cooloothin Conservation Park

Cooloothin Conservation Park

Cootharaba, QLD

The Cooloothin Conservation Park is a beautiful reserve in Cootharaba, Queensland. In fact, it’s a hidden gem that many tourists still don’t know about, so if you’re looking for a unique attraction that’s off the beaten...

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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. In fact, 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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Granite Bay

Granite Bay

Noosa Heads, QLD

Granite Bay is one of the five beautiful bays located in Noosa Point, a popular surfing area in 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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Beachmere Conservation Park

Beachmere Conservation Park

Beachmere, QLD

Beachmere Conservation Park, also known as the HE Corbould Park named after Harold Edward Corbould, is a relaxing destination for nature lovers. If you are looking for peace and quiet, you’ll find it here as vehicles...

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Glass House Mountains Conservation Park

Glass House Mountains Conservation Park

Bracalba, QLD

The amazing landscape of the Glass House Mountains area is part of Jinibara country and Kabi Kabi country. The national park and adjoining State forests are of traditional and contemporary cultural significance for both...

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