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Locals encouraged to explore national parks

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The Banksia track is a great walk for the whole family in Woodgate. Photo Credit: Department of Environment and Science.

Residents and visitors alike are being encouraged to explore national parks of the Bundaberg Region these summer holidays as part of a Hidden Gems competition.

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service was launching the competition on its official social media channels.

Participants are asked to share their favourite hidden gems within Queensland parks for the chance to share in $2000 worth of prizes.

“Queensland’s national parks aren’t just helping to protect our environment, they’re the perfect place for fun, affordable, family adventures,” Minister Scanlon said.

“We’re expecting more than 140,000 overnight visitors and about 24,000 active vehicle access permit holders across the busy summer period at the usual famous places like K’gari, the Daintree and Gondwana.

“But we want Queenslanders to go beyond the family favourites and learn more about the lesser-known pristine spots in our parks.

“We want you to help find our #HiddenGems and go into the draw to win 1 of 10 $200 gift vouchers.”

Explore national parks in Bundaberg Region

The Bundaberg Region is home to a number of national parks, including Burrum Coast National Park, Cordalba State Forest and Sharon Gorge Nature Park.

Find a list of natural areas and parks here.

Minister Scanlon said investment was being made into the Burrum Coast National Park.

“We have committed $743,000 for new visitor facilities and Burrum Coast National Park where we have allocated $600,000 for the upgrade of beach camping facilities.

“These capital works ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience in our parks, and that our uncovered gems are well preserved for generations to come.

“I encourage everyone to get out and experience everything our parks have to offer, and maybe even uncover their own hidden gem.”

To enter the Hidden Gems competition, explore national parks and share images and stories via the comments section on specific competition posts that will be posted on the Queensland National Parks Facebook and Instagram pages.

The competition will be open until Sunday 18 December.

Prize winners will be contacted directly by the Department of Environment and Science.

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