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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 —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.
- Find out more about Coochin Creek camping area.
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast area. For more information see the tourism information links.
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.
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.
Glass 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
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.
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.
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.
- Glass House Mountains Conservation Park and Beeburrum West State Forest Bracalba running trails and shared trail map
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.
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 ). 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-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.