Pull on your hiking boots and trek along one of the best overnight hikes in Queensland. There’s a walk for every pace and fitness level, whether you just want a short easy stroll to a magnificent lookout, want to climb down to a swimming hole for a dip or take on an adventurous overnight camping hike across spectacular terrain on one of Queensland’s Great Walks!
Here’s my favourite overnight hikes in Queensland.
Duration: 2 days. Grade 4.
Conway Circuit is a 27.1km, grade 4 hike located in the Conway National Park, Queensland. The hike should take around 2 days to complete. Part of the Whitsunday Trails, you can explore the Conway circuit on your mountain bike or on foot. Travel through majestic tropical rainforest, relax by seasonal creeks or absorb the views beyond coastal townships to the Whitsunday islands.
Duration: 3 days. Grade 5.
Thorsborne Trail is a 32km, grade 5 hike located in the Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland. The hike should take around 3 days to complete. The Thorsborne Trail is a 32 kilometre walking trail within Hinchinbrook Island National Park. Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1,000 metres, support fragile heath vegetation. Lush rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Duration: 2 days. Grade 3.
Wet Tropics Great Walk is a 37.5km, grade 3 hike located in the Girringun National Park, Queensland. The hike should take around 2 days to complete. Prepare yourself for a really memorable two day walking experience through these ancient palm-filled gullies, rainforests and open forests. The Buujan Quiinbiira (Boo-jun quin bee-rr-ar) walk starts at Wallaman Falls in the Girringun National Park and winds its way over the Herbert River to the Yamanie pick-up point. The trail is difficult and runs 37.5 kilometres one way. Ensure you have the right equipment, supplies and bushwalking gear and don’t forget to tell someone about your plans and when you expect to return. Mobile phone coverage is limited.
Duration: 2 days. Grade 5.
Misty Mountains – Koolmoon Creek Track is a 35.5km, grade 5 hike located in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. The hike should take around 2 days to complete. Discover the beauty of high-altitude rainforest on Koolmoon Creek Track, one of the four Misty Mountains Wilderness Walking Trails. Misty Mountains is a 130 kilometre network of short and long wilderness tracks through pristine Wet Tropics rainforest where you can enjoy crystal clear creeks, waterfalls and panoramic views as you explore the World Heritage area.
Duration: 2 days. Grade 5.
Bartle Frere Trail (Josephine Falls) is a 15km, grade 5 hike located in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. The hike should take around 2 days to complete. Climbing the summit of Queensland’s highest mountain offers a challenging way to explore part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Bellenden Ker Range in Wooroonooran National Park. From Josephine Falls, walkers can walk to the summit and return or continue on to Junction Camp at the Atherton Tableland (both walks are 15 kilometres and take two days). The trail starts at an altitude of 100 metres and rises to 1,622 metres at the summit; an average gradient of one in five.