Explore Nature National Parks

The Gympie Cooloola abounds with National Parks and Forests to experience. Please use the lists below and links to find out more about how you can experience these wonderful natural wonderlands.

For camping bookings, book online here or or phone 13 74 68.

Mary Valley

Amamoor State Forest

Enjoy a scenic drive through the forested valley 30kms south west of Gympie. Wheel chair accessible toilets, cold showers, barbecues and a public phone are provided at Cedar Grove or choose from flat grassy sites at Amamoor Creek. Read more…

Imbil State Forest

Magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views, walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy campsites near rainforests and mountain streams feature here. Read more…

 

Gympie

Brooyar State Forest

Take a stroll through open forest and rainforest at Glastonbury Creek 20 minutes North West of Gympie. In summer feast your eyes on the forests colours; rich red and yellow flowers of black bean trees and vivid orange flower spikes of silky oaks. You can camp beside the creek and brink your dog here, but keep it on a leash. Read more…

Woondum Forest

Walk through rainforest and rock hop across Boulder Creek. Explore diverse forest types on the off road tracks. Amenities and picnic areas are provided. Read more…

 

Kilkivan

Kilkivan Forest Reserve

This reserve protects one of the area’s few remaining stands of hoop pine rainforest. From Kilkivan take an 8 km drive north to Mudlo Gap for excellent views of the Kilkivan forest reserve. Enjoy a picnic and walk beside Scrubby Creek. Part of the track is wheelchair accessible.

 

Cooloola Coast

Inskip Point Camping Area

Bring your own drinking water and camp beside the beach ten minutes drive north of Rainbow Beach. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash. Read more…

Great Sandy National Park

The park encompasses the Cooloola sandmass and Fraser Island. Water features abound, including surf, fresh water lakes and the undisturbed upper Noosa River. Take the Cooloola Great Walk through the park. Choose from four designated camping areas. Four-wheel drive access to the park is available from Rainbow Beach. Read more…

The Cooloola Great Walk

The Cooloola Great Walk has all the elements of an iconic long-distance walking track. The 102-kilometre walk links the Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach via the eastern high dunes, the upper Noosa River and Poona Lake. Designed as a five-day trek, walkers are able to camp in remote areas of the Cooloola National Park, passing through heathland and rainforest and take in some spectacular views. Perched lakes, sand blows and sand cliffs colour the various landscapes. Picturesque wetland habitats contrast the spectacular scenic lookouts at Mt Seawah, Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach. Enjoy magnificent views from Carlo Sandblow or immerse yourself in the rich European and Aboriginal history of Cooloola.

The Cooloola Great Walk has two major track entrances – the Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach. Other access points include Teewah landing track, Freshwater, Double Island Point and the Bymien picnic area. Read more…

Tuan State Forest

Stretching from Kauri Creek to Boonooroo in the coastal lowlands along the Great Sandy Strait, Tuan State Forest contains some of the most extensive exotic pine plantations in Queensland. The forest also has small remnants of eucalypt forest, coastal wallum, melaleuca wetlands and mangrove lined estuaries. Read more…