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About Amamoor

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More park information is available in our trial Amamoor State Forest and Forest Reserve page.

Getting there and getting around

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 caravans.

When driving on forest roads—expect the unexpected!

  • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. Others share the road—logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horseriders and wildlife.
  • Be courteous—pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. For photography and enjoying the scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop in the roadway.
  • Watch out for curves—stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
  • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear. When creek water is across the road, check water depth and road surface before crossing. Do not cross flooded roads.
  • Obey road signs—speed limits apply.

Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings.

For your safety please observe the following:

  • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
  • Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property.
  • Avoid flooded crossings. Submerged obstacles may pose a hazard. Traffic ahead may have created hidden hazards, such as deep holes. Cross at your own risk. If in doubt, wait it out!
  • Always check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling. For road conditions please visit the RACQ website.

For weather forecasts visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Park features

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 contains some interesting ironbark trees and produces some of the best plantation hoop pine in Queensland.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Two camping areas are provided in Amamoor State Forest—Cedar Grove camping area and Amamoor Creek camping area.

Be aware that dogs are not permitted in Cedar Grove camping area.

Dogs are permitted in Amamoor Creek camping area—they must be on a leash and under control at all times. Make sure you pick up your dog’s faeces, carry it with you and dispose of it responsibly.

Camping permits for all campsites must be booked in advance, online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Amamoor Creek camping area bookings during the Gympie Music Muster
The Gympie Music Muster attracts thousands of campers to Amamoor State Forest. Camping bookings from late July to early September at Amamoor Creek and Gympie Muster camping areas are managed by Gympie Muster Ltd. For camping bookings or enquiries during this period visit the Gympie Muster website.

If you want to camp at Amamoor in the week leading up to and during the annual Gympie Music Muster event (held in the last week of August) and are not attending the Gympie Music Muster, consider camping at Cedar Grove camping area.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Gympie area. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Waterhole close to Cedar Grove camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Waterhole close to Cedar Grove camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Explore on the Rainforest walk, a short walk from Cedar Grove camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Explore on the Rainforest walk, a short walk from Cedar Grove camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Waterfall, Amama walk from the Amama day-use area, Amamoor State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Waterfall, Amama walk from the Amama day-use area, Amamoor State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Enjoy a picnic at the Amama day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Enjoy a picnic at the Amama day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Walkers can explore the park on several walking tracks and forest roads provide opportunities for horse riders and mountain bike riders.

If you are looking for a quite escape, avoid visiting the park in the week leading up to and during the annual Gympie Music Muster event held in the last week of August. The popular music event transforms the area around the Amamoor Creek camping area and attracts thousands of campers and visitors to the park.

Walking

Use the walking track grade listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your ability and fitness level.

Key to track standards

Use the walking track grade listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your ability and fitness level.

Class 3 track Australian Standards
  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Average level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Class 4 track Australian Standards
  • Distinct track, usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Walks from Amama day-use area

Amama walk—1.5 km return (allow 40 mins) Class 4

Explore lush rainforest with buttressed trees, vines, ferns and mossy rocks. Along the rainforest-lined creek, look for the teardrop-shaped birds' nests which overhang the creek.

Walks from Cedar Grove camping area

Rainforest walk—1km return (allow 30mins) Class 3

A large swimming hole and sub-tropical rainforest featuring large red cedars, figs and a piccabeen palm grove are found here. Along the creek are tall forest oaks.

Cedar Grove hiking trail—4.6km return (allow 4hrs) Class 4

A hiking trail branches off the rainforest walk and through open forest and hoop pine plantations. The track crosses Amamoor Creek and returns to the camping area.

Walks from Amamoor Creek camping area

Amamoor Creek hiking trail—2.5km (allow 2hrs 30mins) Class 4

The track meanders through open, eucalypt forest and through forest with an interesting mix of rainforest plants that grow in drier areas on poor quality soils.

Picnic and day-use areas

Picnic facilities are provided beside Amamoor Creek at Amama day-use area. Facilities include barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and tap water. Bring your own fuel stove or clean, milled firewood.

Horse riding and bicycling

Horses and bicycles may be ridden on roads in these forests. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised event or a competitive event.

Read about the horse riding trail networks in this region.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Plan your trip carefully, be self-sufficient and ensure your vehicle is in good condition.
  • Carry enough food, water, equipment and other supplies for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, hat and raincoat.
  • Bring suitable clothing. Temperatures in the area soar above 30 degrees Celsius in summer and drop below zero in winter. Nights can be cool at any time.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Remove excess packaging when you pack for your trip. Bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Preferably bring and use fuel or gas stoves. If you do wish to use the barbecues provided, bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.

Opening hours

These parks and forests are open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

You will need a camping permit if you wish to camp in forests or parks. Fees apply.

Pets

Dogs are permitted in most areas in Amamoor State Forest—they must be on a leash and under control at all times. Carry a doggy bag when walking your dog. Make sure you pick up your dog’s faeces, carry it with you and dispose of it responsibly.

Dogs are not permitted at the Cedar Grove camping area.

Horses may be ridden on roads in these forests. 

Other domestic animals are not permitted.

Climate and weather

Temperatures in the area exceed 30°C in summer and drop below zero in winter. Nights can be cool at any time. For more information see the tourism information links below

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Gympie and Amamoor. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Stay on track—tell a responsible person where you are going and when you should return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.

Supervise children—natural areas have hazards with which children are unfamiliar—creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and defensive wildlife.

Human food is not for wildlife—it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour. Pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish to keep it away from foraging wildlife.

Water hazards—never dive into creeks or rock pools, as they contain submerged rocks and logs. Water depth is unpredictable. Rock surfaces can be slippery.

Carry a first-aid kit—use repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks. Remove ticks immediately.

Treat all water—boil water for approximately three minutes to kill most pathogens or use water treatment tablets. Tank water is pumped from the creek and may contain organisms that can cause illness.

Take care with fire—use constructed fireplaces and make sure the fire is out before you leave. Preferably bring a fuel stove.

Avoid food poisoning—store food at appropriate temperatures and out of reach of foraging wildlife.

For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines Safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Amama walk, Amamoor State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Amama walk, Amamoor State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, Queensland Government volunteer.

Help protect our natural resources by leaving no trace of your visit.

Take all your rubbish out of the park. Reduce the rubbish you need to carry out by removing excess food packaging before you leave home.

Creeks near camping and picnic areas feed into the Mary River and on to domestic water supplies. Please keep them clean.

See Caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the camping areas and associated walking tracks. Hancock Queensland Plantations manages the majority of the forest in this area.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact:

Gympie, Lake Alford information centre
24 Bruce Highway, Gympie, QLD 4570
ph 1800 444 222

Visit Noosa information centres
www.visitnoosa.com.au
ph (07) 5430 5000 or 1300 066 672
email

  • Noosa Visitor Information Centre, 61 Hastings Street (opposite the roundabout), Noosa Heads Qld 4567
  • Noosa Marina Information Centre, 2 Parkyn Court, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
  • Parkyn's Hut Information Centre, Poinciana Ave, Tewantin Qld 4565

Visit Sunshine Coast information centres
www.visitsunshinecoast.com
ph 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
email

  • Bulcock Street Visitor Information Centre, 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
  • Caloundra Road Visitor Information Centre, 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra.
  • Coolum Visitor Information Centre, Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach.
  • Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre, Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Settler's Rotary Park, Glass House Mountains.
  • Maroochydore Visitor Information Centre, Melrose Parade, corner of Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore.
  • Montville Visitor Information Centre, 198 Main Street, Montville.
  • Mooloolaba Visitor Information Centre, Brisbane Road, corner of First Avenue, Mooloolaba.
  • Sunshine Coast Airport Visitor Information Centre, Friendship Drive, Mudjimba.

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
12 October 2017