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Be inspired as you wander through World Heritage listed landscapes and experience the story of ancient rainforests.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in National Parks & Rainforest Retreats

Queensland boasts more than 1,000 National Parks across the state. Bursting with surreal wildlife encounters the landscape is home to stretches of lush rainforests with ancient flora and fauna. Five of the 16 World Heritage listed sites are in Queensland including the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Australian Fossil Mammal Site at Riversleigh, and the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Located just beyond Ravenshoe town, The Millstream Falls, reportedly Australia's widest single-drop waterfall, are a breathtaking sight. Watch as water pours over an ancient basalt lava flow – evidence of Atherton Tablelands' volcanic history. Travel north to Queensland's Central Highlands for a spectacular view of the Carnarvon Gorge. Rich in wildlife, Carnarvon Gorge is the ideal area to explore waterfalls, gorges and hidden pools. Travel further north to Girraween National Park. After driving through The Outback, Girraween is a refreshing break with cool boulder creeks. Other key sites include Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert), Queensland's largest National Park, and Undara Volcanic National Park – home to remains of the world's longest lava tube from a single volcano. You can also visit Australia's own 'little Grand Canyon' at Porcupine Gorge National Park.

May to October brings sunny days and cool evenings creating a great climate for walking or hiking through the region's National Parks and rainforests. The water is unusually warm during this season, which is ideal for relaxing in the natural swimming holes and pools. The green season, November to April, gives the region's waterfalls renewed energy and rivers are in full flow. This is an excellent time of year to see the wildlife most active within their flourishing habitat.
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Combine a stay at a natural hideaway retreat with incredible fine dining. Chefs create world-class menus with locally sourced fresh produce. Enjoy the sights from up high with stunning views across the landscape, dine at a hideaway in the rainforest for an atmospheric experience, or watch the sunset with your loved one. Recognised for innovative dishes favourite ingredients include tropical fruits and seafood. From fine dining at premier resorts to exclusive menus at wineries, you’ll find plenty of romantic dining options.
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