If you are doing a self drive road trip from Brisbane to far north Queensland it is well worth making a short detour to visit Eungella National Park.
There are many well marked and easy walking trails throughout the park which is well known for its local platypuses.
You will find a great observation point along one of the trails which looks down from up high into a natural pool where the platypuses live, work and play.
Eungella is renowned for its dairy farms which spread throughout the district. Sadly there are not as many farms these days.
However the farming land with its green pastures and gentle rolling hills makes for a pleasant drive.
This information centre is also a pleasant picnic area. There is a nice walking track down to a water hole [ you might see a platypus ] plus other tracks that take you further into the forest.
The centre also provides maps and information on the elusive platypus.
There is a cafe, phone and toilet facilites as well.
There is also a campground — accessible only to walkers (about 600m away).
Camping costs are ... $4.50 per person per night. $18 per family per night.
I came to Eungella National Park primarily to see platypus, but saw so much more than that.
By staying at the Platypus Lodge (see my accomodation tip) I also had close encounters with a huge lace monitor and a potteroo (the spelling may be way off here!).
If you are a big fan of nature then the Eungella National Park offers a fantastic experience which you can't afford to miss.
Whilst the rain forest in the Eungella National park is less impressive than the forests further north in Queensland it is still well worth a visit.
From Platypus Lodge you can take a great walk further up the road through forest and along side a river witha few waterfalls and some great places to swim. Even if you don't stay the night in the national park, the walk is covered as part of the tour (though to be honest we enjoyed it more doing it ourselves without the other people).
You may want to take your swimming costume, but failing that, underwear is ok. it is fairly quiet so you will largely be able to avoid people pointing at you and laughing (unless you are wearing tighty whities!).