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Striking a Balance: Nature Based Mental Health Interventions

The following was written based on an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Tourism as a Tool in Nature-Based Mental Health: Progress and Prospects Post-Pandemic), published in 2022 and written by Buckley, Ralf C, Cooper and Mary-Ann.  The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the global need for mental health care. Amidst […]

Transitioning Native State Forests Into Protected Areas

In 1999, the South East Queensland Forest Agreement was signed by the Beattie Government, various conservation groups and the then Queensland Timber Board. Under this historic agreement, it was agreed that remaining areas of native state forests between Gladstone in the north to the New South Wales border in the south would only be logged […]

Exploring Visitor Off-Trail Behaviours

The following article is grounded in the research conducted by Edmund Goh, as outlined in his paper titled “Walking Off-Trail in National Parks: Monkey See Monkey Do. National parks hold a special place in the hearts of outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers worldwide. These protected areas offer sanctuary to diverse ecosystems, serving as havens […]

NPAQ Activities Committee Update

National Parks Association of Queensland’s Activities Committee is almost as old as the organisation itself. The objective of this group, as reported in The Activities Guidelines is “to offer a wide variety of interesting and stimulating experiences to showcase the wonderful diversity and heritage that we have in our National Parks in Queensland and beyond. […]

Support for National Parks Queensland

The following is a summary of a report submitted to Bond University by the authors as part of a collaborative research project between Bond University and NPAQ. The below article delves into public perceptions and behaviours toward Queensland’s national parks. Through a combination of qualitative interviews, observational data, and quantitative surveys, we uncovered a nuanced […]

Park In Focus – Diamantina

Nestled in the heart of Queensland’s rugged outback lies a natural wonderland waiting to be discovered: Diamantina National Park. With its vast expanses of sweeping plains, rugged gorges, and rich biodiversity, this park offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the raw beauty of Australia’s wilderness. Diamantina National Park is a landscape defined by […]

The Opalton Grasswren

Hidden amidst the spinifex and rocky outcrops of the rugged Queensland outback, dwells a tiny avian gem: the Opalton Grasswren (Amytornis rowleyi). With its striking plumage and elusive nature, this diminutive bird embodies the spirit of resilience and adaptation in one of Australia’s most inhospitable environments. Discovery and Description:  Discovered in 1990 by ornithologist Richard […]

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