Forget the chocolate and the bunnies this Easter, Queenslanders are being urged to go on an egg-cellent adventure in a National Park instead!
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said Queensland’s top locations were easier than ever to access, thanks to the Newman Government’s commitment to allow better access.
“Queensland has more than 200 national parks with more than 470 camping areas and more than 2,000 kilometres of walking tracks, and I encourage all Queenslanders to spend their break exploring their own backyard and supporting our local tourism operators,” Mr Dickson said.
Mr Dickson said a new website would make it even easier to find inspiration.
“The new Parks Discovery site, at www.nationalparks.queensland.com will really inspire people to visit new locations and try out new activities,” he said.
“It delivers on our election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.
Mr Dickson said plenty of parks and forests were perfect for day trips.
“Our national parks and state forests are in such a diverse range of locations that visitors can enjoy spectacular ocean or desert views, gaze over rolling mountain ranges from their campsites, or wake up to the sounds of the rainforest, all in the one state,” he said.
“And there’s plenty to keep you active, whether it’s wildlife watching and bushwalking or adventure sports like mountain biking, boating, diving or windsurfing.”
Mr Dickson said the Parks Discovery website featured a special collection of Queensland’s most extraordinary natural wonders and most unforgettable experiences.
“Our popular campsites fill up quickly as Easter approaches, especially as this is also school holidays, so people should book sites without delay if they intend camping,” he said.
Camping requires a permit and people can book their site and print out their permit by going to www.qld.gov.au/camping or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
Before leaving on their journey, people should check the national parks Parks Alerts webpage at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/index.php for the latest information on the park or forest they intend visiting.