Amamoor State Forest and National Park Sunshine Coast

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

Visiting Amamoor safely

    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.

    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.

    Before you visit

    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 or strong sealable containers so you can take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave. Be considerate of local communities by taking your rubbish to a waste disposal facility on your route or home for appropriate disposal.
    • 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.

    Fuel and supplies

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

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.