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About Beerburrum and Beerwah

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More park information is available in our trial Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests page.

Getting there and getting around

About 70km north of Brisbane, the extensive forest areas of Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests are located on both sides of the Bruce Highway (M1). The forests extend north from Caboolture to Caloundra, and from Pumicestone Passage west to Woodford.

There are separate access routes to each of the recreation nodes—Coochin Creek camping and day-use areas; Ewen Maddock mountain-bike trail; Glass House Mountains lookout; and Bracalba trails.

Coochin Creek camping area and day-use area is located in Beerwah State Forest on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway (M1). Travelling north, take the Bells Creek exit (179) and turn right onto Roys Road. Travelling south, take the Bells Creek exit and turn left onto Roys Road. Follow Roys Road for approximately 4km to the camping area turn off.

Glass House Mountains lookout, located in Beerburrum West State Forest, has views over all the Glass House Mountains. From the Bruce Highway (M1) turn off onto the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive 24 (Steve Irwin Way)—if you are travelling north it is also signed as the Beerburrum exit; travelling south it is signed as the Landsborough exit. From Steve Irwin Way there are multiple routes to connect to the Old Gympie Road and then Glass House–Woodford Road that travels approximately 3km to the lookout.

Ewen Maddock mountain-bike trail, located in Beerwah State Forest, just off the Steve Irwin Way.

Bracalba running trails and shared trail, located in Glass House Mountains Conservation Park and Beerburrum West State Forest, just off the D’Aguilar Highway between Wamuran and D’Aguilar townships.

There are two main access points:

  • McConnell Road entrance—best access for the running trails. Travel for 4km along Raaen Road (off the D’Aguilar Highway) and turn right into McConnell Road. There is a car park located near the entrance.
  • O’Shea Road entrance—best access for horse floats. Travel along Newlands Road from Wamuran, and turn left onto O’Shea Road. There is ample parking for horse floats.

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area. It is located at Settler's Rotary Park on Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Glass House Mountains.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessible facilities are provided at:

  • Glass House Mountains lookout—toilets and lower Glass House Mountains lookout.
  • Coochin Creek camping and day-use area—toilets.

Forest features

Coochin Creek camping area is on the banks of Coochin Creek, in Beerwah State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Coochin Creek camping area is on the banks of Coochin Creek, in Beerwah State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests include exotic pine plantations, open eucalypt forest, rainforest and coastal wallum remnants. Short walks explore the forests and lead to spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area.

There are recreation opportunities in these parks for four-wheel-driving, trail bike riding, horse riding and mountain bike riding on established forest roads.

At Coochin Creek camping and day-use area, the mangrove-lined creek provides a great place for fishing and exploring the waterway in canoes and small boats. The creek flows into the sheltered waters of Pumicestone passage in Moreton Bay Marine Park, an area known for its excellent boating and fishing opportunities. 

Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Glass House Mountains area.

Camping and accommodation

Coochin Creek camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Coochin Creek camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Camping

The Coochin Creek camping area in Beerwah State Forest is ideal for visitors who enjoy fishing and boating. You can reach the camping area by conventional vehicle.

Facilities include wheelchair-accessible toilets, communal fire rings, tent, camper trailer and caravan sites.

Camp sites are numbered and individual camp site details are provided so visitors can book a site most suitable for their tent, camper trailer, campervan or caravan.

Coochin Creek camping area map and individual camp site details (PDF, 330K)—use this detailed information (with camp site photos) to choose a site that suits your needs and camping style—caravan, campervan, camper trailer or tent.

A terraced area provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe into the creek.

  • Check-out time is 11am and check-in time is 2pm.
  • Domestic animals are not permitted at Coochin Creek camping area.
  • Preferably bring a fuel stove. Open fires are only permitted in the fire rings provided. Bring your own clean milled firewood. It is illegal to collect wood from the State forest.
  • Use insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and sandflies.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Other accommodation

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

Things to do

Sheltered picnic tables are also available at the Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area. Photo: Cheryl Thomson, Queensland Government.

Sheltered picnic tables are also available at the Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area. Photo: Cheryl Thomson, Queensland Government.

Coochin Creek day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Coochin Creek day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Day-use areas

There are picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible toilets and gas barbecues at Coochin Creek day-use area and Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area.

At Coochin Creek day-use area a terraced area provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe into the creek. You may need to use insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and sandflies in this area.

Dogs are not permitted at Coochin Creek day-use area.

Walking

Take a short walk from the Glass House Mountains lookout, or drive to the nearby Glass House Mountains National Park for more walking and hiking options.

Learn more about the plants you will see in the Glass House Mountains area by purchasing a copy of the Ranger field Guide: Native Plants of Glass House Mountains National Park.

Class 3 walking trackGlass House Mountains lookout track

Grade 3 walking track: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
Distance: 800m return
Time: 45min
Details: The Glass House Mountains lookout is located in Beerburrum State Forest, about 10km south-west of Glass House Mountains township. It offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island.

A short walking track starting at the lookout leads you through open scribbly gum forest, down through a wet eucalypt forest gully and returns back to the lookout.

Mountain-bike riding

   Easy Grade—wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such
as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner mountain-bike riders with basic mountain-bike
skills and off-road bikes.
 Ewen Maddock mountain-bike trail

Distance: 12km circuit
Time: allow 2hr
Details: trail explores blackbutt forests, fern gullies and melaleuca wetlands. Includes views overlooking Ewen Maddock Dam.
Caution: slow down at trail junctions and look out for other users.

Shared trails—running, walking, horse and mountain-bike riding

Trails that provide opportunities for mountain bikers, runners, walkers and horses are provided in Glass House Mountains Conservation Park in the Basin section and Flats logging area.

Trail access is just off the D’Aguilar Highway, between Wamuran and D’Aguilar townships. There are two main entrance points:

  • McConnell Road entrance—best access for the running trails. Travel for 4km along Raaen Road (off the D’Aguilar Highway) and turn right into McConnell Road. There is a car park located near the Park entrance.
  • O’Shea Road entrance—best access for horse floats. Travel along Newlands Road from Wamuran, and turning left onto O’Shea Road. There is ample parking for horse floats.

Bracalba running trails

Three running trails are purpose built circuits for runners. Horseriders, mountain-bike riders and walkers can use these trails, unless otherwise signed, but they need to look out for runners approaching quickly from either direction.

Access: From McConnell Road entrance. Walk and jog along the access route to the Mango Tree trailhead (1.2km)—the starting point for three running trails.

Distance: from the Mango Tree trailhead to the McConnell Road car park:

  • Running trail 1—4km one-way
  • Running trail 2—7.5km one-way
  • Running trail 3—11km one-way

Shared trail—7km one-way

This shared trail follows parts of the old railway route. Access is from the O’Shea Road entrance. This trail can be used by runners, walkers, horseriders and mountain-bike riders.

Other horse and mountain-bike riding opportunities

Horses and mountain bikes can be ridden on roads in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests.

Other nearby locations with shared trails include Dularcha National ParkParklands Conservation Park and Eumundi Conservation Park.

Boating and fishing

Coochin Creek is an estuary into the Pumicestone Passage and is a great place to go boating and fishing.

During winter the passage between Bells Creek and Caloundra Bar is one of South East Queensland's principal spawning areas for yellowfin bream. Flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and mangrove jack are often caught around Bribie Island. Many people catch sand and mud crabs during the summer months.

Beside the Coochin Creek camping area and day-use area, a terrace onto the creek provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe here.

A public boat ramp provides deep water access to Pumicestone Passage at the end of Roys Road, approximately 7km east of Coochin Creek camping area.

Pumicestone Passage is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Recreational fishing activities are permitted in the marine park, except in the Tripcony Bight–Long Island and Westaways Creek marine national park zones (see Moreton Bay Marine Park zoning map (PDF, 2.7M)). Fishing, crabbing, bait collecting and other forms of harvesting are prohibited in these zones. Important habitats including mudflats, seagrass beds, mangroves, saltmarsh and claypan communities are protected here.

Four-wheel-driving and trail-bike riding

Four-wheel-drive vehicles and trail bikes may be driven on roads in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests.

Drivers must be licensed and using road-registered vehicles or motorcycles. Unlicensed riders, unregistered bikes, unaccompanied learner licence holders or recreation-registered vehicles are not permitted. Penalties apply.

For your safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing roads. Observe and comply with the instructions on all signs.

Forest roads are accessible to visitors, subject to forestry operations and weather conditions.

For your safety:

  • Avoid accessing roads in wet weather or when roads are waterlogged or soft and muddy. Vehicles can easily become bogged.
  • Pay attention to closure and danger signs.
  • Be aware of logging operations and pay attention to advisory notices—heavy machinery may be in use within forestry areas at certain times.
  • Obey speed limits and road rules. All normal road rules apply on forest tracks and roads.
  • Watch out for the unexpected—slow down, especially on gravel roads, to allow time to react to changed road conditions, wildlife, bike riders, horse riders and other vehicles.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound—carry essential spares, water, tyre gauge, and air pump.

Things to know before you go

There are wheelchair assisted toilet facilities at Coochin Creek day-use area and camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

There are wheelchair assisted toilet facilities at Coochin Creek day-use area and camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Essentials to bring

  • Adequate drinking water (water provided at the park is unsuitable for drinking).
  • A first-aid kit and insect repellent.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Suitable shoes.
  • Sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt for sun protection.
  • If camping at Coochin Creek camping area, preferably bring a fuel stove. Bring clean-milled firewood—such as untreated mill cut-offs—if you are intending to use the fire rings provided. It is illegal to collect wood from the State forest.

Opening hours

Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests are open 24 hours a day.

For your safety: bushwalk, drive and ride in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Permits are required for commercial activities and some organised events.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted at Coochin Creek camping and day-use area in Beerwah State Forest.

Climate and weather

The Glass House Mountains area has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer, the average daily temperature ranges from 18 to 28°C and in winter from 11 to 20°C. During summer you may encounter temperatures in excess of 35°C. Plan your visit to avoid the midday heat. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at nearby local townships. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Read and follow the safety directions on safety signs; it could save your life. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Read and follow the safety directions on safety signs; it could save your life. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

  • Avoid walking, riding and driving during wet weather. Tracks can be slippery, especially after rain. Vehicles can easily become bogged.  
  • Never walk or ride alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry enough drinking water, mobile phone and insect repellent.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear suitable shoes.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Explore the forest at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans inform them.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory and closure signs.

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

Looking after the forest

You can help protect the natural environment and the native plants and animals living here, by following these guidelines.

  • Everything within the State forest is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on the track. Do not drive off-road, cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you for appropriate disposal. Bins are not provided.
  • Obey closure signs.

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

Forest management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the Coochin Creek camping and day-use areas, Glass House Mountains lookout and associated walking tracks in these forests.

HQPlantations Pty Ltd. manages the exotic pine planation areas in the State forests and Wild Horse Mountain lookout in Beerburrum State Forest.

Tourism information links

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

The Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area. It is located at Settler's Rotary Park, Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Glass House Mountains.

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

Further information

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Last updated
23 September 2019