At the heart of the Upper Mary Valley forests and parks, this park
protects magnificent forests, deep gorges and creek catchments, and is
an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals. These state
forests, national parks and forest reserves are in the Upper Mary
Valley near the townships of Kenilworth, Conondale, Jimna and Amamoor.
From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, and take the
Landsborough exit. Go through Maleny, and follow the signs for
Kenilworth. On the way to Kenilworth, you pass through a small town
called Conondale. The turnoff to Booloumba Creek is about 13km past
Conondale and the turnoff to Charlie Moreland is a further 0.5km.
Alternative access is via the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road, off the Bruce
Highway. Kenilworth is about 28km from the highway. The turnoff to
Charlie Moreland is about 7km past Kenilworth and the turnoff to
Booloumba Creek and Conondale National Park is a further 0.5km.
Booloumba Creek Road and Sunday Creek Road are gravel roads, with
several creek crossings, but are usually suitable for conventional,
After heavy rain, check road conditions with the Kenilworth QPWS office
before you go. Some roads may be closed due to deep water levels at
creek crossings or slippery, wet road conditions.
Jimna is 40km north of Kilcoy on the Kilcoy-Murgon Road, and 42km from Kenilworth via the Sunday Creek Road.
Turn off the Bruce Highway 20km south of Gympie and follow the signs to
Amamoor township. The forest is 10km west of Amamoor along the Amamoor
Creek Road. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles towing
The areas listed below have wheelchair-accessible facilities but
assistance is required, except at the Fig Tree walk, to negotiate
>>Kenilworth: Fig Tree walk is a sealed, wheelchair-accessible
track on the banks of the Mary River near Little Yabba Creek Rest Area
on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road. At Charlie Moreland camping area one
toilet is wheelchair-accessible.
>>Jimna: One toilet at Peach Trees camping area is wheelchair-accessible.
>>Amamoor: The Platypus Creek walking track at Amama day use area
and one toilet at Amamoor Creek camping area are wheelchair-accessible.
In the rugged Conondale Range are some of Queensland's most popular
and picturesque forests. Luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forest,
mosaics of plantation forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and
spectacular scenery make this area well worth a visit. The diverse
forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including
more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but
seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. At the
junction of Peters and Booloumba Creeks, scenic Booloumba Gorge
features cascades, falls and rock pools.
This area has a colourful history of gold mining and timber milling.
The last flurry of mining activity in the 1940s yielded 2.8kg of gold.
Jimna township was built around the timber industry. Steam-driven
sawmills processed timber at Jimna and near Sunday Creek. Today, a rich
green mosaic of sustainable pine forest plantations and contrasting
native forests create spectacular scenery.
Recreational areas at Amamoor are beside Amamoor Creek. The creek
provides important habitat for many animals including the shy platypus
and several rare and endangered frogs. The surrounding state forest
produces some of the best plantation hoop pine in Queensland.
Gubbi Gubbi, Wakka Wakka, Jinibara and Kabi Kabi people lived a
traditional lifestyle in this area for thousands of years. Natural
resources were plentiful and families were self-sufficient in all
seasons. Bunya pines growing throughout this area were a very
significant food source. Arrival of European settlers changed the
Aboriginal lifestyle forever. In 1842, Governor Gipps declared a large
reserve to protect bunya pines because of their importance for
Aboriginal people. It was illegal to settle or clear land where bunya
In 1860 the new Queensland Parliament rescinded the reserve status and
settlement began in the early 1890s. Forests were cleared and dairy
farms and fodder crops established. Townships grew around gold
fossicking areas and a flourishing timber industry. Today, strong
cultural links with the land are maintained. Descendants of the
traditional owners strive to share their knowledge and culture to help
protect this region. Upper Mary Valley's sustainable timber plantations
continue to provide quality timber resources. Native forests are
recognised for their high conservation and recreation values. These
areas are managed to protect natural values and provide essential
habitat for many plants and animals. Some rare and endangered species
occur only in the Conondale and Blackall ranges.
Camping and accommodation
Kenilworth State Forest and Conondale National Park
There are three camping areas at Booloumba Creek and one at Charlie
Moreland. All require a camping permit and fees apply. All camping
areas have toilets and taps. Preferably bring a fuel stove. Barbecues
and fire-rings are provided for cooking. Bring your own clean-milled
firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.
Generators are not permitted.
Booloumba Creek camping areas 1 and 3 are nestled in luxuriant
rainforest. They are for tents only — no campervans, caravans or
camper trailers are allowed in these areas. ooloumba Creek camping area
4 and Charlie Moreland camping area are in grassy open forest and have
sites suitable for tents, large groups, campervans, caravans and camper
trailers. At Charlie Moreland camping area, the toilets and some
campsites are wheelchair-accessible with assistance. A large enclosed
paddock is provided beside the camping area for horses.
Camping permits for all campsites must be booked in advance, on line or
by phone. Bush camping is permitted in remote areas of Kenilworth State
Forest and Conondale National Park. Contact the Kenilworth QPWS office
to obtain your permit.
Jimna State Forest
Peach Trees camping and picnic area is 45km north-west of Kilcoy along
the Kilcoy-Murgon Road. Camp on grassy sites beside Yabba Creek, watch
the water quietly near dusk and dawn and you might see platypus.
Eastern grey kangaroos and possums are frequently seen here. There are
tent and caravan sites, picnic tables, fireplaces, taps,
wheelchair-accessible toilets, coin-operated showers and a public phone.
Amamoor State Forest
Travel 12km west from Amamoor township along the Amamoor Creek Road to
Cedar Grove camping area. Tent and caravan campsites are in open grassy
areas beside riverine rainforest, tall open forest and Amamoor Creek.
Wheelchair-accessible toilets and cold showers, taps, barbecues and a
public phone are provided.
About 4km west of Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area
provides flat, grassy campsites, suitable for tents and caravans,
surrounded by ironbark and blue gum forest. Wheelchair-accessible
toilets and cold showers, taps, barbecues and a public phone are
provided. This is the only camping area where dogs are permitted. If
you plan to camp here in August contact the Kenilworth park office
first. The entire camping area is used for the annual Country Music
Muster, a major event that runs for one week in August.
Preferably bring a fuel stove. A small amount of firewood is provided
for cooking purposes only. It is recommended that you bring your own
clean-cut firewood to ensure you have an adequate supply of firewood,
especially on long weekends and during school holiday periods.
A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast
hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links
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Things to do
A scenic forest drive winds through Kenilworth State Forest and
Conondale National Park, starting from QPWS Kenilworth office . Allow
90 minutes driving time for this 37km forest drive and extra time for
picnics and bushwalks.
Travel past pine plantations established to ensure supply of timber
resources. Stop at Charlie Moreland camping and picnic area and explore
Little Yabba Creek. Drive on to a lookout with views of hoop pine
plantation, natural forest, Mt Allan and the distant Blackall Range.
Pass through open eucalypt forests of grey ironbark, grey gum and white
mahogany with a grass and shrub understorey. Where there are moister
conditions, tall open forests of brush box, flooded gum, tallowwood and
blackbutt grow with a shrubby understorey. At Peters Creek, take a
short 500m stroll along the picturesque creek lined with rainforest.
Drive through dense rainforest in Conondale National Park to Booloumba
Falls (map ref 5). Enjoy a 3km return walk to cascades, waterfalls,
rock pools and The Breadknife rock formation. Booloumba View offers
scenic views of Booloumba Gorge and Mt Allan, where a fire tower is
located. Travel on, past Booloumba camping and picnic areas (map ref
7), to the Maleny-Kenilworth Road. Picnic facilities and a short
rainforest circuit are provided near Little Yabba Creek.
A Permit to Traverse is required if you wish to drive on restricted access roads in the state forests.
Several walking tracks let you explore diverse forests, observe
inquisitive wildlife and cool down in cascading creeks and swimming
holes. The walks range from short strolls to the challenging Mt Allan
hiking trail, which offers views over Booloumba Gorge.
These parks and forests are open 24 hours a day. The Kenilworth
Office is usually open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, park duties
Climate and weather
Temperatures in the area exceed 30 degrees Celsius in summer and drop
below zero in winter. Nights can be cool at any time.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Sunday Creek Road, Kenilworth
PO Box 52, Kenilworth QLD 4574
ph (07) 5446 0925
fax (07) 5446 0966
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
Smart Service (for camping bookings)
ph 13 13 04
fax 1300 300 768
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service