The headland at Joseph Banks Regional Park at Seventeen Seventy.
The headland at Joseph Banks Regional Park at Seventeen Seventy. Queensland Government

Getting out: Eurimbula National Park

IF you're looking for somewhere to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, check out Eurimbula National Park and Joseph Banks Regional Park.

The parks are near Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, about 112km north-west of Bundaberg.

Captain James Cook, with botanist Sir Joseph Banks, made his first landing in Queensland on this picturesque coastline.

Botanically rich, the parks protect areas of wind-sheered coastal plant communities, tropical rainforests and mangroves.

Eurimbula National Park:

To get there, head down the Bruce Highway to Miriam Vale, then follow the road signs towards Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.

Look out for and turn left at the Eurimbula National Park sign, which is 10km before the town of Agnes Water.

Then travel 4km to the park entrance.

A four-wheel drive vehicle is required. Camper trailers and small boat trailers are permitted, but the roads aren't suitable for caravans.

The nearest boat ramps for accessing the boat-accessible camping areas at Rodds Peninsular and Bustard Head are at Seventeen Seventy and Turkey Beach.

The park features a transition of vegetation and landform that is unique in Central Queensland.

Look for the marked changes in plant communities from mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps and coastal lowland eucalypt forests with weeping cabbage palms to tall rainforest with elegant hoop pines.

Camping is available.

Joseph Banks Regional Park:

The regional park is at Seventeen Seventy. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale and follow the signs to Agnes Water and on to Seventeen Seventy.

The park office is at the edge of the park, 5km north of Agnes Water and 1.5km south of the rock monument.

The park's rocky headland is bounded by ocean on the east and estuary to the west and provides magnificent views north across Eurimbula National Park to Bustard Head and Rodds Peninsula.

Camping is not available in this park.

Open fires may not be lit in either park at the moment.

For more information visit the Queensland National Parks website here.

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