Paddy’s Ranges National Park and the Craigie State Forest
Wander along the walking tracks of Paddy’s Ranges National Park, Maryborough Regional Park where you will find fascinating Aboriginal Wells and the Craigie State Forest where you will be surrounded by birds and wildlife. This is a great place to find the remnants of the old goldfields. The spring flowers are wonderful and the Golden Wattle blossoming amid the Box-Ironbark forest is a visual delight in springtime. There are over 230 species of wildflowers and about 30 Orchid varieties. These areas were used for grazing, timber, Eucalyptus Oil and Honey production in the 1800’s but they are now reserves to protect the remains of the Box-Ironbark forest. The parks have picnic areas, a water tank and fireplaces for winter
Phillips Botanical Gardens
Features beautiful trees, shrubs and grassed picnic areas. The lake was originally a dam for the supply of water for gold mining. Home to prolific bird life and also home to the growling grass frog which can be heard rather than seen. It contains many interesting tree species. A great spot for a picnic.
Take a leisurely walk around Lake Victoria and stop along the way to feed the ducks and swans. Princes Park also features children’s playgrounds, BBQ areas, historic grandstand, band rotunda (1904), original ticket box and oval, swimming pool open in the summer months, tennis courts. Princes Park is the perfect place to relax or enjoy a leisurely afternoon.
Melville Caves – Kooyoora State Park
With magnificent views and a rich variety of plants and animals Kooyoora State Park is an ideal place for picnics, sightseeing, bushwalking, rock climbing, orienteering and nature study. Visit the Melville Caves, huge granite boulders thought to have once been used as a hideout for the bushranger ‘Captain Melville’.