The following walks cover fairly gentle terrain, with a variety of flora. August to October is the main flowering time for wildflowers, although many flower at other times. On many of the walks you will see a variety of bird-life, (245 species recorded in 1997). If planning a longer walk, take drinking water as it can be very hot in summer. Also take sunscreen, insect repellent & binoculars. The times given for the walks are approximate, depending on what interests you along the way.
Tracks begin from the sealed road, (past the Ranger's Station), as an all-weather 4WD sand track.
Leads eventually to the beach on Pumicestone Passage at Gallagher's Point, from which you have a fine view of the Glasshouse Mountains. On the way, you pass through stands of Wallum, Banksia, Grass Trees & Boronia. Eastern Grey Kangaroos are often seen early evening. Mosquitoes are prevalent. Many birds can be seen around this area, including a sea-eagle. Return journey, approx 2hrs 30 mins.
The right-hand branch of Walk 1, takes you near the edge of the pine plantation.
DO NOT enter the plantation & keep a lookout for vehicles connected with the pine forests. This track leads to the northern part of the island & can take many hours to cover. Approx. 20 kilometres.
Starting about 200 metres from the main entrance at the Community Arts Centre, there are a number of short but very interesting walks, including a walk for the sight-impaired people. The area is "wheel-chair accessible", although the terrain is a little rough. A map detailing the walks is available from the Community Arts Centre. There have been sightings of 90 species of birds in this small area, which is maintained by volunteers.
This park can be accessed by a track leading from The Boulevard, near the park sign, which is about 100 metres from the corner of The Boulevard & McDonald St. Over 170 bird species have been recorded in this area, including Black Swans, Egrets, Cormorants, Moorhens & Spoonbills. Enjoy a pleasant walk along the beach around South Point to Red Beach, returning via Red Beach Track & Tully St. Roundtrip, approx 1hr 30 mins.
Walk around the metal gate in Kendall St. & take the track, which leads to the east. After about 25 mins. you will reach Red Beach. A round trip can be made by walking west along the beach to Red Beach track, to Kendall St. Dolphins & the occasional Dugong can be seen. Rainbow Bee-Eaters maybe seen nesting in the sand dunes. Roundtrip, approx 1hr 30mins.