Outdoors Queensland’s primary purpose is to raise the profile, capacity and opportunity for outdoor recreation in Queensland and to encourage more people to participate in outdoor recreation activities. Outdoors Queensland affirms the value of outdoor recreation, encourages all people to recreate outdoors and values:
The Natural Environment: For its multiple intrinsic values including ecological, geological, physical, cultural, heritage and as a space for outdoor activities to occur
Diversity: Of places, activities, experiences and people
Access: To land and water that is relevant to outdoor activities and proximal to all
Sustainability: Of the outdoor sector and of the environment
For positive outdoor recreation experiences to continue to be part of the lives of future Queenslanders it is imperative that we as a sector, as a people, as a state and as a nation commit to looking after our outdoor spaces. Maintaining them for future generations to enjoy, conserving our great natural heritage and developing recreation practices that are environmentally sustainable, socially acceptable and meet the expectations of indigenous Queenslanders – the Traditional Owners of the land we use for outdoor recreation.
The things we care about!
Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
Habitats for native animals
Native forest and bush clearing
Threatened native species
Pollution to waterways
Ongoing access to wilderness
Nature Conservation Legislation
On 8 November 2019, Australian, State and Territory Environment Ministers endorsed a new approach to biodiversity conservation through the Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2019-2030. The Strategy is supported by a dedicated website, Australia’s Nature Hub. Both the Strategy and the Hub are developed and owned by the Commonwealth, all state and territory governments and the Australian Local Government Association.
Australia’s Strategy for Nature and supporting website, Australia’s Nature Hub, bring together existing work across the country with the aim to guide the development of new and innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation. It focuses on overarching goals that support healthy and functioning biological systems by promoting a stronger connection between people and nature, improving the way we care for nature, and building and sharing knowledge. It is a shared roadmap to better understand, care for and sustainably manage nature to 2030.
The strategy provides an adaptive approach allowing each jurisdiction the flexibility to establish targets appropriate to the variety of environments across Australia and to change these as we continue to build knowledge during the life of the strategy.
The Strategy represents the continued commitment of governments to work together to address biodiversity decline and provides enhanced opportunity for collaboration and partnership across governments and sectors.
“Outdoor recreation underpins a significant proportion of Queensland’s tourism industry, enhances community well-being, helps connect people to our cultural heritage, and creates advocates for environmental protection, while also providing a diverse range of fun things to do.” Dom Courtney
“Nature is about the only thing left where principles and laws hold true, where things are as they are supposed to be, where there is no discrimination against anyone, and where beauty, harmony and inter-relatedness provide experiences that people enjoy remembering”
There are many aspects of daily living that have the power to impact the environment negatively. When taking into account every household, business, and service, these factors then have the power to increase environmental damage on a momentous, global scale.
Water waste is just one example of a damaging environmental factor, but it’s an extremely significant one. It’s very important for individuals, households, and businesses alike to understand the impact of water waste on the environment so that the world at large can work to a more sustainable future. Learn more
Zero waste living is taking the world by storm right now. And, thankfully, it ain’t going anyway any time soon. So, with the help of our zero waste camping guide, let’s all jump onboard and become eco-warriors at the campground, as well as in everyday life.
Unless you’re one of these amazingly inspirational zero waste heroes, there’s always going to be room for improvement when it comes to doing your bit for the planet. We can all put more time, effort and thought into leading more eco-friendly lives. From making better decisions about the food we buy, to making small changes to our daily habits. And taking those decisions and habits into the great outdoors couldn’t be more relevant.
Eco-friendly living shouldn’t stop just because we’re out camping. But it’s very, very easy to let things slide for the sake of convenience, fun and enjoyment.
Environmentally friendly moorings ensure mooring chains are kept off the sea floor, protecting seagrass and preventing damage. Healthy Land and Water has been involved in replacing traditional block and tackle moorings with environmentally friendly moorings in Queensland for the past ten years.
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.
As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”. Read More
An alarming report has found temperature increases from climate change and urban growth will make Brisbane “a difficult place to live” within the next 30 years, and more people will be at risk of dying from extreme heat.
Multi-day walks in national parks are becoming increasingly sought after – especially commercial ‘supported’ walks run by private operators. Walkers only carry a day or light pack, as accommodation and food are typically provided, as well as guides. Such walks make the experience accessible to a wider range of people keen to appreciate the immersion in nature. However, the impacts of commercial walks in national parks are also coming under increased scrutiny. Read More
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife.
There’s no question about it: parks and protected areas are the absolute cornerstone of our efforts to protect nature. In the long term, we can’t save wildlife and ecosystems without them.
But people want to use parks too, and in rapidly growing numbers. Around the world, parks are destinations for recreational activities like hiking, bird-watching and camping, as well as noisier affairs such as mountain-biking, snowmobiling and four-wheel-driving.
A group of Australian scientists is calling on the United Nations to protect 100 per cent of the Earth’s remaining wilderness areas.
Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have compiled the first comprehensive map detailing what is left of the world’s pristine marine and terrestrial wilderness.
According to their results, which are published today in Nature, most of Earth’s surface has been modified by human activities, and we are running out of time to save what is left.
Your guide to being animal friendly on vacation.
Seeing wild animals when you travel can be such a memorable part of any travel experience. However, you may not be aware these animals often suffer unseen cruelty and abuse.
Meet Casey X. She was born in Alice Springs Hospital on October 13, 2018.
She came into the world screaming, before projectile-vomiting over the hospital floor and falling asleep.
Today — October 13, 2040 — she’s 22, and still lives in Alice Springs. But she’s been thinking more and more about leaving. Extreme hot days in Alice Springs hit 48 degrees Celsius — nearly 3C hotter than on her first birthday. And heatwaves last much longer … read more
This story is a hypothetical scenario, based on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report
Peel back the veneer and nature is a teeming war zone of many flashpoints. Species compete with their own kind and others for limited resources. In a dog-eat-dog world built upon Darwinian principles and food chain hierarchies, only the fittest survive — and the winners take all.
But oases of harmony do exist, where evolution has played matchmaker and engineered pockets of peaceful coexistence. Take, for instance, a relationship formed more than 210 million years ago around the time dinosaurs first appeared on earth.
Until recently, this remarkable and visually brilliant partnership was still going gangbusters.
As part of our* focus on World Heritage protection for takayna, the Tarkine rainforest under threat in North-West Tasmania, our writer Ruby had the chance to interview two incredible supporters of the campaign. Time to get inspired, courtesy of Bob Brown and Rick Ridgeway. (*We are Explorers)
Is ‘green living’ a luxury affordable only to the middle and upper classes? Is environmentalism a luxury of the latte-sipping rich?Are working-class people unconcerned with ‘big issues’ like climate change and sustainable energy?
The marine turtle population in Mon Repos Regional Park, south of Burnett Heads, protection to continue
Eastern Australia’s largest marine turtle population in Mon Repos Regional Park, south of Burnett Heads, will continue to be protected after the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council joined to restrain new urban development in the area.
The world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle was unveiled in Amsterdam today as pressure to curb the world’s plastic binge and its devastating impact on the planet continues to grow.
With nearly 700 plastic-free goods to select from at one of the branches of Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket chain, the aisle gives shoppers the opportunity to buy their groceries in “new compostable bio-materials as well as traditional materials” such as glass, metal and cardboard
Australia’s most popular tourist destinations are under threat, with intensifying climate change posing a significant threat to the nation’s iconic natural wonders, according to a newly-released report from the Climate Council. ( 26.02.2018)
One of Australia’s longest running conservation campaigns is facing a disappointing end following a dramatic decline in one of the country’s most important ghost bat colonies.
The Mount Etna caves north of Rockhampton, in Queensland, were at the centre of a major international conservation effort between the 1960s and the 1990s which eventually saw the area freed from limestone mining and converted to national park.
Life Lessons for Future Generations
This report explores the skills and attributes children need in order to help them deal with future challenges. It combines Australian and international peer-reviewed academic research with the results of a snapshot survey of 200 teachers. The survey was designed and commissioned by Planet Ark and conducted online by consultants Kimberlin Education in April 2017
It’s renowned as the world’s largest living thing… but of Australia’s celebrated natural assets, the Great Barrier Reef is also the biggest contributor to our national economy and our international brand.
Putting a price on it might seem impossible, given the Reef’s irreplaceable beauty and biodiversity. Of course it’s invaluable on so many levels, but identifying its value can help an appreciation of its importance, and shape thinking and policy around its future.
In a world first, a new Deloitte Access Economics report, for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (with support from National Australia Bank and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) calculates the total economic, social and icon asset value of the Reef.
And the number is $56 billion. That’s a lot of reasons to think very carefully about the Reef’s future.
Scientists have discovered and mapped out new parts of the coral reef system in Moreton Bay with the hope the work will help inform decisions to better protect it.
“On Goat Island, not far from where the ferry travels to go to North Stradbroke Island, there’s quite a lot of coral there which most people would be really surprised to know,” Reef Check Australia’s Jennifer Loder said.
She said the mapping project, that also involved the Healthy Waterways organisation, provided the clearest picture so far of what was beneath the surface of the busy boating playground.
“You’re looking at these sites on a map going, maybe there’s something there. Then you dive over the side to have a look and all of a sudden are greeted with these coral habitats that you totally didn’t expect,” she said.
The Reef Recovery Project hopes to restore health to “smothered” coral reefs by removing 500 kilograms of macro-algae, or seaweed, from Magnetic Island, just minutes off Townsville’s coast.
“As the numbers of macro-algae increase, the number of corals go down, and we are trying to redress that balance and see if what we do in a small scale can make a difference,” Dr Adam Smith, lead researcher and director of project management group Reef Ecologic, said.
Alongside local researchers, the project team has employed international university students to facilitate the trial — a relationship that has enthused local tourism operators.
“There are a number of people in Townsville who are excited about edu-tourism,” Dr Smith said.
I’m calling for some tools to allow people who really care about the reef to make a small difference, and this is potentially one of them.
Dr Adam Smith
Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul. Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view?
Outdoors Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, for the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to play in Queensland and most especially on the land, air and waterways used for outdoor recreation.
The ancestors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have walked this country for generation upon generation and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and environmental identity.