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Walks, Tracks and Trails of Queensland's Tropics

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Walks, Tracks and Trails of Queensland's Tropics

Derrick Stone  

Colour photographs, Maps
288 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing


    Paperback - March 2016
ISBN: 9781486303076 - AU $ 39.95

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Walks, Tracks and Trails of Queensland’s Tropics highlights the best the region has to offer. Easy-to-interpret maps are included to help you navigate, and the book’s size makes it convenient to carry in the backpack.

Also available from the same author: Walks, Tracks and Trails of Victoria and Walks, Tracks and Trails of New South Wales.

 
 

 

Queensland’s tropics provide numerous environments for enjoyable walking: lush rainforests, cloud-shrouded mountains, extinct volcanoes, savanna woodlands, and magnificent beaches on the coast and Great Barrier Reef islands.

This book brings together more than 150 of the best walks, tracks or trails in Queensland’s tropics, located within the coastal strip between Rockhampton and Cooktown. Walks vary from short boardwalk strolls in the lowland rainforests of Daintree National Park to 4-6 day hiking and camping trips on Hinchinbrook Island. Other routes follow old gold miners’ and forestry tracks or coaching routes or feature historical sites, rivers, lagoons, geological and geographical formations or much earlier Aboriginal communication tracks where Dreamtime stories add a further dimension. Man-made environments of abandoned gold towns, heritage riverfronts, Art Deco streetscapes and Second World War installations also feature. Most routes are best completed during the ‘Dry’ season (May to October) and walked by moderately fit individuals. Most do not require specialist navigation or bushcraft skills.

Walks, Tracks and Trails of Queensland’s Tropics highlights the best the region has to offer. Easy-to-interpret maps are included to help you navigate, and the book’s size makes it convenient to carry in the backpack.

 

 
  • Highlights of a particular walk are identified
  • Easy to follow directions on location and duration of walk
  • Maps are simple, easy to interrupt and provide basic accurate information
  • All walks/trails which require maps have them
  • Most of the routes chosen are relatively well-defined and do not require specialist navigation or bushcraft skills
  • Up to date photography illustrates part of the environment and concentrates on features that identify a particular walk from another
  • Historical or geological information that adds to the walk/trail experience
  • Easy to handle size in the field
  • Specialist equipment is not required for most of the walks
 

 Acknowledgements
Introduction
Rockhampton - Yeppoon
Mackay - Cape Hillsborough
Whitsundays
Bowen
Townsville
Ingham - Cardwell
Tully - Mission Beach
Innisfail - Cairns
Atherton - Herberton
Cairns
Mossman - Cape Tribulation
Bloomfield River - Cooktown
 

 People interested in the outdoors, family groups, first-timers as well as those who are already camping and walking. 

 Derrick Stone is a keen outdoors person who enjoys bushwalking and exploring new environments. He wrote Walks, Tracks and Trails of Victoria and Walks, Tracks and Trails of New South Wales (both published by CSIRO Publishing), has contributed to Victoria’s National Parks and Melbourne’s Great Outdoors, was joint author of Murray River Country, and has edited books about gold and gemstones. Derrick has further increased his knowledge of the natural environment through his profession as a freelance graphic designer with a long history of producing books associated with natural history. 

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