A panorama of sculpted sandstone cliffs, peaks and outcrops greets visitors to Isla Gorge National Park - the striking rock formations and maze of gorges changing colour with the movement of the sun. Spring wildflowers, rare plants and rock-wallabies can be seen. Eucalypt forests hug the ridge-tops while dry rainforests cling to gullies and shaded slopes. Watch wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons riding breezes and honeyeaters feeding on wattles. Have fun finding familiar shapes in strange rock formations. Drive to Flagstaff Hill to see the remains of a hand-paved road built in 1864 . Camp overnight or have a picnic overlooking the gorge. (Beware of loose cliff edges when walking around the camping and picnic areas or on the short track to a small natural lookout).
Located just 15 kilometres north of Taroom in the Banana Shire is Palm Tree Creek. Palms unique to the upper Dawson River catchment area including the Livistonia palm can be found here. They have gained Palm Tree Creek world-wide recognition as home to these unique species. Petrified palms are also found throughout the district.
Nestled beneath the low Murphy's Range in the central highlands, Lake Murphy remains largely unchanged from the days when Europeans first passed this way. Lake Murphy provides a seasonal refuge for waterbirds. This perched lake fills only when nearby Robinson Creek overflows, and has been dry five times in the past two centuries. The shaded, grassy campsites near Lake Murphy are a great place to spend the night and watch the sun set over the lake. Even when the lake is dry, this is a peaceful and beautiful spot. Lake Murphy Conservation Park has one circuit track, which is four kilometres return and takes approximately one hour. Walk 300 metres from the picnic and camping area to the shores of Lake Murphy. A four kilometre circuit track skirts the lake's southern shore before following Robinson Creek through forest red gums and returning through woodland to the picnic area. Lake Murphy is north of Taroom on the road to Expedition National Park.
Expedition National Park - in the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt - is a park of rugged gorges, spectacular views, remote campsites, wildflowers, wildlife and a rich human history. It protects a wealth of Aboriginal cultural sites, locations named by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844 and remnants of pastoral heritage. At Robinson Gorge section in the east, cabbage palms, bottlebrush and wattles line scenic Robinson Gorge as it winds 14 kilometres between sheer sandstone cliffs up to 100 metres high. From Starkvale camping area, follow walking tracks to Robinson Gorge lookout, Shepherd's Peak or to a natural lookout over the Cattle Dip - a spectacular permanent waterhole in the gorge. Watch Australian king-parrots and rainbow lorikeets feed in summer, and golden whistlers and grey fantails in winter. Lonesome and Beilba sections in the west lie on the border of the Carnarvon Range. Panoramic views, brigalow and softwood scrubs are a feature while wildflowers provide splashes of colour through the Beilba section in late winter and spring. Squatter pigeons occur in open woodlands and wallaroos can be seen. No toilets are provided and facilities are limited. Visitors to Expedition must be totally self-sufficient. Bring drinking water and sufficient fuel for your trip.