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Visiting Beerburrum and Beerwah safely
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.
- Glass House Mountains Conservation Park and Beeburrum West State Forest Bracalba running trails and shared trail map
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 accessible facilities are provided at:
- Glass House Mountains lookout—toilets and lower Glass House Mountains lookout.
- Coochin Creek camping and day-use area—toilets.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Glass House Mountains lookout track temporarily closed 27 May to 24 July 2020