Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests Brisbane | Sunshine Coast

Head to Coochin Creek in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests and enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking. Photo credit: Tomek.Z.Genek © Queensland Government

Things to do

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

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

    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.

    Camping and accommodation

    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, 330.1KB) —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.

    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 Park, Parklands 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, 2.7MB) ). 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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.