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Uncovering the Hidden Gems of North West Queensland

Uncovering the Hidden Gems of North West Queensland

Cobbold Gorge Paddleboarding

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, look no further than North West Queensland. This vast region of Outback Australia is home to over 20 national parks, natural wonders, from towering sandstone formations and deep gorges to lush country and winding waterways.

Despite its reputation as a land of red dirt and dust, North West Queensland is a place of incredible beauty that is just waiting to be discovered. Keep scrolling to check out some of our favourite gems in the region.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Burkeshire

Lawn Hill National Park with three people in canoes
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First on our list is Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, located in Burkeshire. This world-class natural spectacle attracts visitors from all over the globe. With its water activities, rich history, and stunning landscapes, it’s no surprise that thousands of people make the journey to Lawn Hill every year. But the park is more than just valleys and streams – it’s also home to the Riversleigh World Heritage Site, a world-renowned destination for anyone interested in the natural world. This site is known for its outstanding mammal and reptile remains, some of which date back over 25 million years. With seven walking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult, you can explore the park at your own pace and take in the breathtaking views from Upper Gorge. And if hiking isn’t your thing, you can always take to the water and paddle your way to Middle Gorge for some truly unforgettable views.

Copperfield Gorge, Etheridge Shire

Man paddle boarding in Copperfield Gorge
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Next up is Copperfield Gorge, located in the Etheridge Shire. This natural landmark is built upon the remnants of an ancient lava flow from a now-extinct volcano that erupted thousands of years ago. But the real draw of Copperfield Gorge is the crystal-clear water that flows through its basalt rock walls, making it the perfect spot for swimming, fishing, or stand-up paddleboarding. And the best part? It’s dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Just a short walk from Einsaleigh Hotel, Copperfield Gorge is a must-see destination that’s sure to surprise and delight.

Cobbold Gorge, Forsayth

People paddle boarding in Cobbold Gorge
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Moving on to Forsayth, we come to Cobbold Gorge, a geological wonder that will take your breath away. With its 30-metre walls and crystal-clear water, this gorge is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embrace the true beauty of the outback. Whether you choose to camp or stay in one of the many motel-style rooms at Cobbold Village, you’ll wake up to the sounds of wild birds and a day filled with Aqua Golf, kayaking, and scenic helicopter tours. And when the day is done, head to Quartz Blow lookout for a sunset that will leave you speechless.

Porcupine Gorge, Flinders Shire

Aerial view of Porcupine Gorge
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Last but not least, we have Porcupine Gorge in Flinders Shire. This incredible canyon is surrounded by open woodland and lush greenery, with layers of sedimentary rock. The park offers numerous hiking tracks that wind their way through the forest, showcasing the multi-colored sandstone that contrasts against the natural landscape. And when you’ve worked up a sweat, take a dip in one of the many waterholes.

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Whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed getaway or a relaxing escape, you’ll find it all in this beautiful region. So grab your khaki and Akubra (yes, we’re leaning into the cliché), fire up your GPS, and head out on an unforgettable outback adventure to discover Queensland’s best hidden gems. We think it’s an epically underrated destination to go AWOL.

Lead Imagery Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

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