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

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Things to do

Coochin Creek camping area.

Coochin Creek camping area.

Photo credit: © Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Coochin Creek day-use area.

Coochin Creek day-use area.

Photo credit: © Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer

Glass House Mountains lookout.

At the Glass House Mountains lookout enjoy stunning landscape views featuring many of the Glass House Mountain peaks.

Photo credit: Cheryl Thomson © Qld Govt.

Sheltered picnic tables.

Sheltered picnic tables are also available at the Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area.

Photo credit: Cheryl Thomson © Queensland Government

There is a variety of things you can do within Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests.

Go camping in Beerwah State Forest’s Coochin Creek camping area—a great place to relax by the creek and fish.

Plan a picnic or barbecue at:

Head to Ewen Maddock mountain bike trail for an easy, scenic forest ride with views of Ewen Maddock Dam.

Run, walk or ride the Bracalba running trails and shared trail in Beerburrum West State Forest and Glass House Mountains Conservation Park. The three running trails can be used by runners, walkers, mountain bikers and horseriders (unless otherwise signed). Watch out for runners approaching quickly from either direction.

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. The car park is located near the trail entrance. Walk, ride or jog along the access route to the Mango Tree trailhead (1.2km) where the running trails begin—Running trail 1—4km one-way; Running trail 2—7.5km one-way; Running trail 3—11km one-way.
  • O’Shea Road entrance—best access for horse floats and shared trail entrance. Travel from Wamuran along Newlands Road and turn left onto O’Shea Road. There is ample parking for horse floats. The Shared trail is 7km one-way and follows parts of the old railway route. This trail can be used by runners, walkers, horseriders and mountain-bike riders.

Four-wheel-drive vehicles and trail bikes may be driven on some forest 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.

Forest roads are accessible to visitors, subject to logging operations and weather conditions. Pine plantation areas are managed by HQPlantations.

For your safety and to minimise damage to the forest:

  • Stay on existing roads.
  • Observe and comply with closure and danger signs.
  • Avoid accessing roads in wet weather or when roads are waterlogged or soft and muddy. Vehicles can easily become bogged and damage roads.
  • 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 and 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.

Read about park access and staying safe in Beerburrum and Beerwah State State Forest.