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About Bellthorpe

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Getting there and getting around

Branch Creek. Photo: Queensland Government.

Branch Creek. Photo: Queensland Government.

From Brisbane, head north to Caboolture then follow the D’Aguliar Highway west through Woodford and take the Stony Creek Road exit approximately 6km out of Woodford.

From the north, head south on the Bruce Highway and take the Bells Creek interchange—exit 179. Follow the signs to Beerwah, then turn left onto the Kilcoy–Beerwah Road. Travel for approximately 31km, and turn right onto the D’Aguliar Highway. Turn onto Stony Creek Road, approximately 3km north along the highway.

From Stony Creek Road, follow the signs to Stony Creek day-use area—it is accessible by a bitumen and unsealed road.

The majority of other roads within the park are dry weather only, four-wheel drive roads that require high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and drivers experienced in low range, low speed forest road driving conditions.

At times roads within the park may be closed for visitor safety—check Park Alerts for current Bellthorpe closures. When you visit the park, look out for closure signs and do not enter closed areas.

Wheelchair accessibility

Picnic tables and the toilets at Stony Creek day-use area are wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Bellthorpe National Park lies at the southern end of the Conondale Range. The terrain is quite rugged with open eucalypt forest, rainforest, cascades and rock pools along picturesque creeks.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Bellthorpe National Park

Nearby parks and forests including Imbil State Forest, Beerburrum State Forest, Conondale National Park, D’Aguilar National Park and Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area offer diverse opportunities for coastal and forest camping.

Other accommodation

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

Things to do

Stony Creek rock pool, Bellthorpe National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

Stony Creek rock pool, Bellthorpe National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

The log handling Gantry when it was still standing on the site of old Brandon's Mill. The Gantry was used for loading milled timber onto transport trucks. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

The log handling Gantry when it was still standing on the site of old Brandon's Mill. The Gantry was used for loading milled timber onto transport trucks. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

In 2010 the Gantry was placed on a timber plinth for display and preservation purposes after collapsing during a storm. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

In 2010 the Gantry was placed on a timber plinth for display and preservation purposes after collapsing during a storm. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

Crane pivot used to drag timber to the frame saw to be cut during the mill's operation. The frame saw was originally under cover in the main saw mill structure. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

Crane pivot used to drag timber to the frame saw to be cut during the mill's operation. The frame saw was originally under cover in the main saw mill structure. Photo: Mark Lythall, Queensland Government.

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue near a tranquil rock pool and explore forest roads in your high clearance four-wheel-drive.

You can walk, horse ride or mountain-bike ride on forest tracks unless otherwise signed. For these activities you need to be well prepared and self-sufficient. Be aware that mobile phone reception is limited in this area.

Day-use area

A beautiful place to stop and picnic is the Stony Creek day-use area in Bellthorpe National Park. You'll find a rugged landscape containing open forest and rainforest with many creek cascades and rock pools.

There are toilets, picnic tables and wood barbecues. Bring your own clean milled firewood. It is illegal to collect wood from the park.

Creek safety:

  • The creek contains submerged logs and rocks. Serious injury or death may result from jumping or diving in this water.
  • Take care on rocks, as they may be very slippery.
  • Be aware, the creek lines contain large boulders that can be wet and slippery and considerable care needs to be taken to avoid injury if traversing these features.

Horse-riding, mountain-bike touring and bushwalking

Horseriding, mountain-bike touring and bushwalking is permitted on shared trails in the eastern section of the park—refer to park map for shared trail locations. Horseriding pictograms are placed on most intersections giving guidance on level of difficulty and permitted uses.

Horseriding is also permitted on horseriding trails in a western section of the park—refer to park map for horse trail locations. Pictograms are placed on most intersections giving guidance on level of difficulty and permitted uses.

When using these trails and tracks:

  • walkers give way to horse riders;
  • bike riders give way to both walkers and horse riders.

For both horseriding and mountain bike touring a special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, or an organised event.

Four-wheel-driving, dry weather only

Explore the park on forest roads lined with tall forests. The majority of roads within the park are dry weather only, four-wheel drive roads that require high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and drivers experienced in low range, low speed forest road driving conditions. All vehicles must be road registered and operated by a licensed rider/driver.

At times roads within the park may be closed for visitor safety—check park alerts for current Bellthorpe closures. When you visit the park, look out for closure signs and do not enter closed areas or areas where vehicle access is prohibited. Access is not permitted on all forest tracks.

Read about driving safely on Bellthorpe's forest roads.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone (reception can be limited but better on higher points in the park).
  • Wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Bring rubbish bags to remove your rubbish and recyclables from the park. Rubbish bins are not provided.

Opening hours

For your safety, explore Bellthorpe National Park in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for commercial and organised events.

Contact us for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Bellthorpe National Park.

Climate and weather

The Bellthorpe area has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 18°C to 28°C in summer and 11°C to 20°C in winter.

For more information see the Bureau of Meteorology website and tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Woodford, Kilcoy and other towns in the region. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Check park alerts for current warnings or closures. Closures can occur during severe wet weather, during high winds and for fire management. For your safety, do not enter the park when closure signs are displayed.

  • Choose activities that suit the skills, experience and fitness of your group.
  • Avoid exploring the park during wet weather. Tracks and rock surfaces can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks. If you are caught out on the tracks when creek crossings flood, wait until the water no longer covers the track. Water rises and falls in a short period of time.
  • Water hazards: slippery rocks, submerged objects and variable creek depth.
    • The creek contains submerged logs and rocks. Serious injury or death may result from jumping or diving in the water.
    • Take care on rocks, as they may be very slippery.
    • Be aware, the creek lines contain large boulders that can be wet and slippery and considerable care needs to be taken to avoid injury if traversing these features.
  • Stay on track and supervise children at all times.
  • Never explore alone—if something happens to you, someone in your group can go for help.
  • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone and consider taking a personal locator beacon (PLB) if you are travelling away from main tracks.
  • Carry sufficient drinking water.
  • Carry a first aid-kit and insect repellent.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear suitable shoes.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory signs.

Drive safely on forest roads:

  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound—carry essential spares, water, tyre gauge, and air pump.
  • Slow Down. Allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You may encounter other drivers, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cattle and wildlife.
  • Expect to encounter logging trucks and heavy vehicles on Mountford Road and Brandons Road.
  • Be courteous. Pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. Do not stop in the middle of the roadway—for photography and enjoying the scenery. Find a safe place to pull over or turn around.
  • Watch out for corners and steep slopes. Drive carefully around corners, especially after rain. Stay on your side of the road and avoid sudden slowing. Shift down a gear when roads are steep.
  • All road rules apply. Obey speed limits. Always wear a seat belt. Never carry passengers outside of the vehicle.
  • Avoid using forest roads during and immediately after wet weather to reduce damage to road surfaces and for your own safety. Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks.

For all emergencies call 000. Mobile phone reception can be limited but better on higher points in the park in these areas.

For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Help protect natural resources by being a minimal impact visitor.

  • Everything within the national park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Take all your rubbish out of the park. Remove excess food packaging at home before your visit to the forest, and pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish.
  • Keep creeks clean—they provide valuable habitat for wildlife including rare frogs.
  • Leave your domestic animals at home. They are not allowed in Bellthorpe National Park. Domestic animals can distress or kill native animals that live here.
  • Do not feed or leave scraps for wildlife. Feeding native animals can cause them to become reliant on the food source, suffer from disease or over-populate to an extent that they dominate an area and aggressively exclude other wildlife. Animals that are fed can become aggressive to humans.

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

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact:

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

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

Further information

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Last updated
10 March 2020