Amamoor State Forest and National Park Sunshine Coast

The Cedar Grove hiking trail takes walkers through rainforest, open eucalypt forest and native hoop pine plantation. Photo credit: Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Amamoor Creek is a tranquil feature of Amamoor State Forest, which includes creek-side camping, rainforest walks and even a swimming hole! Photo credit: Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Cedar Grove hiking trail

Challenge yourself on this steep but rewarding hike through large open woodlands of flooded gum, ironbark and pink bloodwoods, and a hoop pine plantation.

Journey type
4.6km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 4hrs walking time.
Grade 4 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

This steep but scenic hiking trail is a circuit track that branches off the Rainforest walk from the Cedar Grove camping area.

Cool off in the natural waterholes at the start of the track before you begin your walk—the first kilometre is steep, climbing over 160m in elevation.

Leaving the rainforest behind, admire the straight strands of rough-barked and smooth-barked eucalypts as you climb.

Wind your way through large open eucalypt forests and admire the beautiful landscape. Then follow the trail through native hoop pine plantations before rejoining the Rainforest walk to complete the circuit.

Getting there and getting around

The Cedar Grove hiking trail is in Amamoor State Forest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, about 180km north of Brisbane and 20km south-west of Gympie along the Amamoor Creek Road.

The walk begins near the Cedar Grove camping area, about 8km along Amamoor Creek Road from the park entrance.

Download Amamoor area parks and forests map (PDF, 229.4KB) .

  • From the Bruce Highway, take exit 253 onto Mary Valley Link Road, 20km south of Gympie.
  • Turn right onto Mary Valley Road, then left onto Blackgate Road, following the signs to Amamoor township.
  • Turn right onto Busby Street, which becomes Amamoor Creek Road.
  • Follow Amamoor Creek Road for 4km to the entrance of Amamoor State Forest.
  • Caution is required in wet weather. The creek can rise quickly during heavy rainfall, cutting off access.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Cedar Grove hiking trail is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Amamoor safely and Walk with care.