Walk with care
Walk with care
Walking in Queensland’s national parks is a great way to unwind and connect with nature. From a short walk with a stroller to a longer hike through mountains, there are walks all over Queensland to suit you. Follow the tips below so your walk is enjoyable and safe.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important information about staying safe, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
Know your limits
Be realistic about your physical condition, knowledge, experience and skills. Choose walks that suit your limits. Tracks are described as easy, moderate or difficult; or have been graded using the track classifications below. Each track is graded according to its most difficult section.
No walking experience required. Flat, even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
No walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signs may be limited.
Very experienced walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.
If you’re a seasoned and experienced walker with genuine survival skills, remote hikes and walk-in camping can be a thrilling challenge.
Before you consider a remote walk, you must:
- prepare physically and practically for a long and challenging hike
- possess high-level survival and safety skills
- be confident of surviving unexpected weather, health or physical challenges
- research the route thoroughly
- book and pay for camping permits
We want to avoid the search and rescue missions that result from inexperienced or unprepared walkers taking routes beyond their abilities.
Walk safely and softly
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Walk in pairs or small groups.
- Heed all closure, access and safety information and signs. Follow track markers and directional signs carefully.
- Stay on marked tracks. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
- Be aware of other track users and follow the give-way code—cyclists give way to horses and walkers; walkers give way to horses.
- Wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellent to protect yourself from scratches and insect bites and stings.
- Always carry warm clothing and extra food and water in case of unexpected delays.
- If toilets aren’t provided, move well away from camp sites, walking tracks and creeks, and use a trowel to bury waste at least 15 cm deep. Bag all personal hygiene products including disposable nappies and take them away for appropriate disposal in rubbish bins.
- Help protect our parks by ensuring you don’t carry pests in footwear, clothing and gear.
- In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000). Consider taking a satellite phone, personal locator beacon (PLB) or another form of communication into areas that do not have good mobile coverage.
- For remote or long distance walks, consider carrying a GPS or other navigational device.
- If smoke is seen, do not continue walking towards it.
- If caught near a fire while walking:
- Immediately move to a safer place, such as rainforest, cleared or low fuel areas. Select a refuge from radiant heat, such as culverts, depressions, large rocks, or wheel ruts. Dams, rivers and running streams are a suitable refuge but do not seek shelter in water tanks.
- Use the remaining time to improve your refuge. Excavate a depression, mounding dirt on the side of the approaching fire. Clear all debris and fire fuel away from your refuge.
- Keep an eye on the approaching fire.
- Lay in the depression and cover yourself with a blanket (if available), earth or sand. This offers additional protection from radiant heat.
Want to know more?
Contact your local walking club or Bushwalking Queensland.