excursions or transportation to national parks Queensland
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 3:50 PM Last Post By: Ozziegiraffe
Apr 2, 2013 3:31 AM
excursions or transportation to national parks QueenslandHi all,
I am planning a trip to australia, in theory I don't want to rent a car. I wanted to know how easy is to get with public transportation to the national parks in queensland (around Brisbane and around Cairns). Also, as an alternative, I'd accept to engage on daily or multi-day trekkings that include the transportation. Do you have any suggestions? local guides? individuals that have their own "trekking business"?
All kinds of tips and ideas will be accepted!
Apr 2, 2013 5:54 PM
1Simple answer - it's not easy at all.
Without a car you will need to take tours.
Queensland is about the size of France, so when you say "national parks" you are talking about places hundreds, even thousands of kilometres apart.
For argument's sake, I'm assuming "around Brisbane" might include the Gold Coast Hinterland and Fraser island. These are about 300klms from each other, and while public transport might get you to the nearest town, no public bus will take you, for example, on to Fraser island or to the Natural arch.
"Around Cairns" (which is 1800 klms from Brisbane) would require a flight, or a 2 day bus trip just to get to cairns. From there the national park is, I assume, the Daintree, which is another couple of hours away. Again, a bus might get you to Port Douglas, Mossman or even Daintree, but seeing the park requires a car or a tour.
Apr 3, 2013 5:02 AM
Apr 3, 2013 7:55 AM
3Hi Harry and Ozzie, Thanks for the replies. I'm totally aware of the distances, and I count on trains and buses and the time it takes to reach such places. A little more in detail, "around brisbane" I meant for example D'Aguilar NP. Fraser I don't consider it around Brisbane. I've seen several tours to Fraser, so this one is not really a problem. What I'd like to find out is local companies or people that work as guides, to skip the crowds as much as possible. What I would not like is to plan an excursion to a certain NP and then find out there is no transport nor tours going there. Don't know if I've explained well enough? I',m also sure there will be lots of tours to Daintree, but I'd also like to see the "hidden" treasures or find less crowdy tours. so that's why I ask so generally.
Apr 3, 2013 3:50 PM
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