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About Barakula

Getting there and getting around

Maps

Barakula State Forest (PDF, 163K) is 45km north of Chinchilla (about 335km west of Brisbane).

Head west from Chinchilla along the Warrego Highway for 500m, turn right into Auburn Road and follow the signs.

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 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.
  • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear.
  • Obey road signs—speed limits apply.

Note: Roads suitable for conventional vehicles in dry weather only. Be aware of logging trucks as this is a working forest.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible tracks or facilities in Barakula State Forest.

Park features

Brightly coloured flowers are scattered throughout Barakula State Forest. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government.

Brightly coloured flowers are scattered throughout Barakula State Forest. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government.

Longicorn beetle amongst the wattle. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government.

Longicorn beetle amongst the wattle. Photo: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government.

In 1907, Barakula was one of the first state forests in Queensland and has remained a working forest for over 110 years. Barakula is not only the largest state forest in Queensland, but also in the Southern Hemisphere –spanning an area of 283,000 hectares. Straddling the Great Dividing Range, Barakula contains a rich mosaic of vegetation communities, including eucalypt forests, cypress pine woodlands, heath-lands and spinifex.

Barakula State Forest plays host to a number of natural and historic attractions. Sprawling views of native vegetation and the Great Dividing Range can be seen from a few different observation points and many species of native flora and fauna are protected under the watchful eye of scientific research. The forest provides opportunity for bird watchers and gives bloom to spectacular wildflowers during spring.

Visit the old sawmill to see relics of the forest’s timber harvesting history.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is permitted at Dogwood Creek camping area 19km north-west of the Barakula Forest Station.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Chinchilla. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Driving

A network of logging and service tracks cover the forest, which may also be used for cycling, horse riding or walking. Motorised vehicles are restricted to formed roads only. Entry into harvesting areas is not permitted. Obey all signs as it is very easy to get lost and there is limited mobile phone and radio communication. If driving, or riding a trail bike, you must comply with Queensland road rules, be licensed and have a registered vehicle.

Bicycling

Bicycles may be ridden on roads in this forest. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised event or a competitive event.

Horse riding

Horses may be ridden on roads in this forest. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, and organised event or a competitive event. Please adhere to all signs and barriers. Some roads may restrict or prohibit horses from entering.

Viewing wildlife

A rich mosaic of vegetation attracts many different species of wildlife including over 200 species of birds—great for birdwatching. Glossy black cockatoos, powerful owls and turquoise parrots are among the favourite birds to spot and, if you go spotlighting at night, you might see a yellow-bellied glider or golden tailed gecko.

Things to know before you go

Dogwood Creek , Barakula State Forest. Photo: John Cambourn © Queensland Government.

Dogwood Creek , Barakula State Forest. Photo: John Cambourn © Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • Bring at least 7 litres of water per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing. Local water is not suitable for drinking.
  • Carry enough food, water, fuel, vehicle spares for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes and hat.
  • Bring warm clothing and camping gear as winter nights can drop below freezing.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Toilet paper and small shovel (or trowel).
  • Bring clean-milled firewood—such as untreated mill off-cuts—if you are intending to have an open fire. It is illegal to collect wood from the state forest. Ensure fire bans are complied with.
  • Bring you camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.

Opening hours

Barakula State Forest is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Permits and fees

Camping permit

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Pets

Dogs are permitted in Barakula State Forest—they must be on a leash and under control at all times.

Horses are permitted in Barakula State Forest where signs permit horse riding. Please adhere to any signage that may restrict or prohibit horses from entering.

Other domestic animals are not permitted in Barakula State Forest.

Climate and weather

In summer, the average temperature is approximately 35°C. Throughout the winter months, the temperature can drop below freezing.

The average annual rainfall is 663mm, with most of it falling over the summer months, particularly in December.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available in Chinchilla, 45km from the State forest.

Staying safe

For your safety ensure that you:

  • Plan your trip carefully
  • Inform a reasonable person of your itinerary
  • Carry adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, vehicle spares and medical supplies
  • Travel below 40km/hr on the forest’s narrow, unsealed roads
  • Always wear seat belts and look out for wildlife and other users on the roads
  • Avoid walking, riding and driving during wet weather. Tracks can be slippery and boggy, especially after rain.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory and closure signs.

Please take care. It is very easy to get lost. If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it! A vehicle is much easier to find than people. Mobile phone coverage is limited and unreliable.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

In an emergency

In case of accident or other emergency:

  • call Triple Zero (000)
  • advise the location and nature of the emergency
  • stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

The nearest hospital is located at Chinchilla.

Looking after the park

Help preserve this forest’s natural and cultural values by following these few common sense rules:

  • Leave everything as you find it. This includes plants, animals, rocks, ruins and artefacts.
  • Firearms and other weapons must not be used in Barakula State Forest.
  • Take care with fire. Clear away any flammable material for a metre around campfires and ensure your fire is out (with water) before you leave.
  • Bury toilet waste at least 15cm deep and 150m from any watercourse.
  • Preferably use fuel stoves. The collection of firewood from the State forest is prohibited. Bring your own clean-milled firewood.
  • Please remove your rubbish from the state forest and leave campsites clean and tidy.
  • Do not contaminate waterholes with detergents, soap, shampoos or human waste.
  • Drive only on declared roads indicated on the map and always wear seatbelts.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Forest management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manage Barakula State Forest and the Dogwood Creek camping area under the Forestry Act 1959.

Tourism information links

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

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

Further information

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Last updated
4 March 2019