From road trips to secret beaches, day hikes and sunset sails: Alissa Jenkins gives a rundown on hot activities to keep you on the go in Queensland this summer. Enjoy the outdoors
01. Watch newly hatched turtles scrambling across the sand to the sea at Mon Repos Beach in Bundaberg from mid-November to February.
02. Head to the hippy town of Woodford for the annual six-day Folk Festival, from December 27 to January 1. Music, markets and lazy days in the sun.
03. Hire a board and go sand tobogganing down the giant dunes of Moreton Island. Sit, lie down or, for the real adventurous types, try going down backwards.
04. Skim over the trees in six-person gondolas on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. It glides just above the canopy from Cairns to Kuranda, offering panoramic views of the tropical scenery and Barron Falls.
05. Escape the summer heat and go underground at the remote Undara lava tubes in outback north Queensland. Caused by a volcanic eruption some 190,000 years ago, the tubes offer a rare insight into Australia’s geological past.

Take to the water
06. Go for a sail with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron around Green Island near Cairns, as part of its WAGS program (Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing).
. Kayak on Brisbane River, either during the day or at night, and paddle past some of the city’s prominent landmarks such as the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and the Maritime
08. Venture to the outer Great Barrier Reef and dive among the vibrant underwater gardens and sea life. Various packages are available, for everyone from first-time to advanced divers.
09. Paraglide over stunning Rainbow Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, with the added security of a tandem tour. No experience is necessary.

Top 3 day walks
10. Warrie Circuit is a 17km walk through Springbrook National Park, just inland from Tweed Heads on Queensland’s border with NSW. It begins at Canyon Falls Lookout and is a trek of five to six hours through pristine subtropical rainforest, featuring numerous waterfalls at which you can cool off.
11. The Upper Gorge track in Boodjamulla or Lawn Hill National Park is situated within Queensland’s remote north-west highlands. It involves a 7km return walk across sandstone cliffs lining Lawn Hill Gorge and down along the creek edge. It is recommended for experienced bushwalkers and best started early morning.
12. Crediton Creek Walking Trail is an 8km one-way trek through Eungella National Park, near Mackay. The scenery is magnificent as the track follows Broken River towards Crediton Creek. Recommended for advanced hikers with a vehicle pick-up at Crediton Creek.

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