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Turtle encounter, Mon Repos Regional Park. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Southern Great Barrier Reef

Escape the everyday

Central Queensland’s national parks are abundant in wildlife, cultural and adventure experiences which will capture your heart and your imagination. Witness an ancient life cycle of the animal kingdom, as majestic sea turtles make their journey to the shore to lay their eggs. Delight at the sight of their young hatching months later, and making their perilous journey to sea. Unwind on island time and enjoy uncrowded surrounds, where the marine wonderland of the Southern Great Barrier Reef is just a few sandy footsteps away from the shore. See tiny bats emerge from their cave homes at dusk, or take a 4WD journey through an oasis in the semi-arid heart of central Queensland, where lush forests burst out of sandstone gorges, a refreshing sight for weary travellers, and where rock art on sandstone walls serves as a fragile reminder of Aboriginal people’s long connection with this amazing landscape.

Photos: Turtle encounters and Escape to your own island, Tourism and Events Queensland; Highland oasis, Paul Candlin, Queensland Government