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About Amamoor

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More park information is available in our trial Amamoor State Forest and National Park 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. Camping area access is via a gravel road—it is suitable for conventional vehicles, including vehicles towing caravans. Amama day-use area is accessible by bitumen road.

When driving on forest roads—expect the unexpected!

  • Obey road signs—speed limits apply.
  • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear. Do not cross flooded roads.
  • Watch out for curves—stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
  • 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 on the roadway.
  • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horseriders and wildlife.
  • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
  • WARNING! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings. If it’s flooded, forget it! Wait it out. Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property. Even in a small amount of water the current can pick up your car and sweep you away. 
  • Always check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling.

Park features

Platypus are very shy animals so if you want to see one, keep very quiet and still. Photo: courtesy Klaus Bergenstrater.

Platypus are very shy animals so if you want to see one, keep very quiet and still. Photo: courtesy Klaus Bergenstrater.

Amamoor features dry eucalypt forests with riparian rainforests fringing Amamoor Creek. All three recreational areas are located beside the picturesque creek.

The creek provides important habitat for many animals including platypus, which are active during dusk and dawn busily forage for food, and several rare and endangered frogs.

There are excellent locations along the creek to birdwatch and, if you're lucky, spot platypus swimming in the creek. 

The surrounding state forest 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 camp sites 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, QPWS volunteer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Several graded walking tracks offer the chance to explore remnant dry rainforests and pine plantations, view the cascading creeks, picturesque waterfalls and waterholes within Amamoor State Forest.

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 walking trackGrade 3
  • Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
  • Some bushwalking experience required.
  • Tracks may have short steep sections, a rough surface and many steps.
Class 4 walking trackGrade 4
  • Bushwalking experience recommended.
  • Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.

Walking tracks at a glance:

Walks from Amama day-use area

Class 4 walking trackAmama walk (Grade 4)

Distance: 1.5km return
Time: Allow 40min
Details: 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

Be aware that dogs are not permitted at Cedar Creek camping area and on the walks here.

Class 3 walking trackRainforest walk (Grade 3)

Distance: 1km return
Time: Allow 30min
Details: A large waterhole and subtropical rainforest featuring large red cedars, figs and a piccabeen palm grove are found here. Along the creek are tall forest oaks.

Class 4 walking trackCedar Grove hiking trail (Grade 4)

Distance: 4.6km return
Time: Allow 4hr
Details: 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

Class 4 walking trackAmamoor Creek hiking trail (Grade 4)

Distance: 2.5km return
Time: Allow 2hr 30min
Details: 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 individual fire rings, picnic tables, toilets and non-potable tap water. Bring your own fuel stove or clean, milled firewood.

Dogs are permitted in Amama day-use 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.

Horseriding and mountain-bike riding

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 horseriding 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 reach 40°C 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.

Essentials to know

Communication devices 

Mobile phone coverage is not available in Amamoor State Forest. A pay phone is located at the Cedar Grove camping area on the back of the camping registration stand.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) could be the best emergency beacon in remote areas where mobile reception is not possible.

Opening hours

These parks and forests are open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk and ride during daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits

Camping permits must be obtained prior to camping in the park. Fees apply.

Other permits

A special permit is not required for recreational activities in Amamoor State Forest unless they are organised events or large scale competitive events. If an activity or visit to a protected area includes commercial photography or filming—that is, to sell photographs or film footage taken on a protected area or use photographs or footage in a product which will later be sold, such as a book or postcard—a permit must be obtained and a fee paid.

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 or on Rainforests walk or Cedar Grove hiking trail.

Horses may be ridden on roads in these forests. 

Other domestic animals are not permitted.

Climate and weather

The Gympie area has a climate that is subtropical. Winters are usually dry and cool; nights can be frosty with temperatures dropping to an average of 7°C. Summers are warm to very hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C to 41°C; nights are cooler averaging 10°C to 19°C. Watch out for late spring and summer thunderstorms, which bring lightning and flash flooding. Most rain falls between November and March.

Always check the current weather forecast before you visit.

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.
  • 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, QPWS volunteer.

Amama walk, Amamoor State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS 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 under the Forestry Act 1959. The majority of the forest in this area including the hoop and bunya pine plantations are managed by HQPlantations.

Tourism information links

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

Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre
www.visitgympieregion.com.au 
Bruce Highway, Lake Alford Duck Ponds, Gympie, QLD 4570
ph 1800 444 222
email

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

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

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

Further information

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Last updated
15 August 2019