A FOUR-wheel-drive day trip or leisurely overnight camping stay is a fantastic way to experience the natural and rural beauty of Gladstone's surrounding areas.
Now is the perfect time to explore your own backyard as residents are being urged to go on an egg-cellent adventure in National Parks this Easter.
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said Queensland's top locations were easier than ever to access, thanks to the State Government's commitment to allow better access.
"Queensland has more than 200 national parks with more than 470 camping areas and more than 2000 kilometres of walking tracks, and I encourage all Queenslanders to spend their break exploring their own backyard and supporting our local tourism operators," Mr Dickson said.
He said plenty of parks and forests were perfect for day trips.
"And there's plenty to keep you active, whether it's wildlife watching and bushwalking or adventure sports like mountain biking, boating, diving or windsurfing.
"Our popular campsites fill up quickly as Easter approaches, especially as this is also school holidays, so people should book sites without delay if they intend camping," he said.
Kroombit Tops National Park in the Boyne Valley is a popular option locally.
The inspiring landscape will capture your imagination with panoramic views, sweeping gorges and peaceful creeks.
The crash site memorial of Beautiful Betsy, a Second World War B-24D Liberator aircraft that went missing in 1945 and was finally discovered in 1994, provides an open air classroom perfect for exploring with the family ahead of Anzac Day.
- A new Parks Discovery site at http://www.nationalparks.queensland.com is a useful source for finding out about locations and activities available in the state.
- Before leaving on their journey, people should check the national parks Alerts webpage at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/index.php for the latest information on the park or forest they intend visiting.
- Kroombit Tops National Park will be closed from 5pm on May 18 until 3pm on May 23 for the purpose of conducting a feral animal control program.