Crater Lakes National Parks via Yungaburra offers short, ‘any season’ walks around Lake Eacham and Barrine with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Go to www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/crater-lakes/index.html for full details.
Mount Baldy and Widow Maker circuit – both easily accessible from Atherton, offer short but steep walks – go to www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/herberton-range/about.html#Walking for more information.
There are a range of excellent ‘dry country’ walks starting at the Herberton Information Centre which cater for all levels of fitness. Visit www.herbertonvisitorcentre.com.au/walks.htm to get a sense of what is on offer.
Wooroonooran National Park – accessible from numerous points on the Atherton Tablelands, offers a number of hiking options – particularly in the dry season May through to November. Explore the ‘Misty Mountains’ for a day or longer or enjoy a leisurely stroll through verdant rainforest to one of the beautiful waterfall off the Palmerston Highway – see www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/wooroonooran-palmerston/about.html#things_to_do.
More energetic hikers may consider the Goldfield Trail along the Mulgrave River – www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/wooroonooran-goldfield/about.html or the iconic Mt. Bartle Frere – Queensland’s highest mountain. Visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bartle-frere/ for specific information and guidance on this challenging hike.
Danbulla National Park – accessible from Lake Tinaroo offers super short walks – see www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/danbulla/ and the ‘drier’ Dinden/Davies Creek National Parks via Mareeba offer excellent walks and hikes throughout the year including the popular Kahlphalim Rock/Lambs Head circuit. For more info visit and www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/davies-dinden-bare-hill/index.html.