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About Brooyar

Getting there and getting around

Brooyar forest road to Point Pure lookout and abseiling areas. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Brooyar forest road to Point Pure lookout and abseiling areas. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Maps

People travelling in conventional vehicles or with caravans or trailers, can access the park from its southern entrance by taking the Gympie—Woolooga Road and turning right into Diggins Road and onto Greendale Road. Follow the signs to the camping area. This access route includes sections of unsealed roads.

All other roads within the park, including the road to Point Pure lookout, are unsuitable for conventional vehicles, caravans and trailers.

Alternative access for four-wheel-drive vehicles only is available from the north. Head 10km north of Gympie along the Bruce Highway then turn left onto the Wide Bay Highway and continue 7.8km, then turn left onto Peterson Road. Follow the signs to the camping area, located on the left 2km past the park entrance.

Park features

Spotted gum forest features along the road to Point Pure lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Spotted gum forest features along the road to Point Pure lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Discover the scenic forests north—west of Gympie in Brooyar State Forest. Sandstone cliffs, tall eucalypt forests, rainforests and hoop pine plantations feature here. A lookout point on top of the cliffs provides an impressive western view. Popular abseiling sites are located here too.

Glastonbury Creek flows beside the small camping area which offers a great setting for a quiet getaway camping experience. Creek life and rainforest trees feature here.

The shallow, sandy stretches of Glastonbury Creek are home to platypus, crayfish, long-armed shrimp, freshwater turtles, eels and fish.

During summer, flowering trees adjoining the camping area colour the forest. Look for rich red and yellow flowers in black bean trees Castanospermum australe and vivid orange flowers in silky oak trees Grevillea robusta. Across the creek a grove of white cedar Melia azedarach trees become a mass of yellow as their leaves change in autumn.

Camping and accommodation

Glastonbury Creek is a feature beside the camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Glastonbury Creek is a feature beside the camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Camping

Camp near the banks of Glastonbury Creek. Toilets, fire rings and non-potable water are provided. You need to bring drinking water and if you plan to use the fire rings, clean-milled firewood.

The camping area is also suitable for caravans and motor-homes, using the southern entrance roads only (via the Gympie—Woolooga Road, Diggins Road and Greendale Road; access route includes sections of unsealed roads).

High tension powerlines cross 40m above this camping area.

Dogs on leashes are allowed.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options. For other camping opportunities visit nearby Amamoor State Forest.

Other accommodation

There are several privately run camping areas, guesthouses, lodges and bed and breakfasts in and around the towns of Kilkivan, Goomeri and Gympie.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Sandstone cliffs at Brooyar. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Sandstone cliffs at Brooyar. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

During summer the silky oak trees flower beside the camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

During summer the silky oak trees flower beside the camping area. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Track to Eagles Nest abseiling site. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Track to Eagles Nest abseiling site. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

When abseiling, only use approved numbered anchor points provided. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

When abseiling, only use approved numbered anchor points provided. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Abseiling at Point Pure. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Abseiling at Point Pure. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Walking

Key to track standard

Grade 3 walking track Grade 3 track
  • Formed track. Some obstacles.
  • May have short steep hills and many steps.
  • Some experience recommended.
Grade 3 walking track Point Pure lookout (Grade 3)

Distance: 300m return
Time: allow 15mins walking time

Details: A short walk leads to the lookout at the top of sandstone cliffs. Take care by staying on the track, remaining behind barriers and supervising children closely.

The lookout offers views over hoop pine plantations and mature rainforest with emergent hoop pines. Beyond the plantations, Glastonbury Creek can be seen winding through grazing country.

Driving

Go for a four-wheel-drive scenic drive through the forest, stopping to enjoy the view from Point Pure lookout. Open forests dominated by spotted gums are a feature along this road.

Most of the Brooyar State Forest road network is suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Access for conventional vehicles is only from the southern entrance on Greendale Road to the Glastonbury Creek camping area.

Abseiling

Abseiling enthusiasts and authorised groups with qualified leaders can apply their skills on the bluffs at Brooyar's Point Pure and Eagles Nest abseiling sites. Spectators should stay well back.

For safety:

  • Assess the site for hazards and suitability for your experience and skill level.
  • Check weather conditions.
  • Use only approved numbered anchor points provided.
  • Do not interfere with fixed equipment on the cliff or anchor to trees.
  • Wear a helmet, harness and appropriate footwear and clothing. Use ropes and protective equipment designed for abseiling.
  • Carry emergency communication equipment and a first-aid kit.
  • Tell a responsible person where and when you plan to abseil.
  • It is an offence to install your own abseiling anchor points.

When abseiling, minimise vegetation disturbance to protect the area from erosion and the introduction of pest plant species.

Other things to do

As a part of your visit to Brooyar, you could visit the Woodworks Museum on the Bruce Highway at Gympie to discover the timber-getting history of the area. Displays include a 619 year old kauri pine stump. The museum is open weekdays and a small entrance fee applies.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • For walking, wear sandshoes or similar sturdy closed-in shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

Opening hours

The park is open 24 hours a day. Walking tracks, abseiling sites, roads and camping areas within the park may be closed during fires, adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or safety reasons. Before you go, check park alerts for current access, closures and conditions.

Permits and fees

An organised event permit may be needed for planned large group activities in this area.

Camping permit

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Pets

Dogs are permitted on leash in Brooyar State Forest.

Climate and weather

Always check weather conditions before you visit. Forest areas are hazardous during strong winds, as branches may fall.

After high rainfall, check road conditions before you visit. Temperatures in the area can rise to above 30°C in summer and drop below 0°C in winter. Nights can be cool at anytime of the year.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel, general supplies, public telephones, meals and light refreshments are available at Gympie, Curra Service Centre, Widgee General Store and Kilkivan.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • Never walk alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
  • Walk to your ability and fitness levels.
  • 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 sturdy, closed-in shoes.
  • Plan to complete your walk before dark.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. In summer walk 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 signs.

Road safety

Forest roads—expect the unexpected!

Unsealed forest roads can be steep and winding.

  • Slow down. Allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cattle and wildlife.
  • Be courteous. Pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. To take photos and enjoy the scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop on the roadway.
  • Watch out for curves 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.
  • Wet roads. Take extra caution when driving on wet roads. Never cross flooded roads or causeways.
  • All road rules apply. Obey speed limits. Always wear a seat belt. Never carry passengers outside the vehicle cabin. Obey all signage—access to some areas may be restricted, such as when logging operations are being conducted.

Flood safety

Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings

Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property. The camping area can become isolated following high rainfall events.

For your safety:

  • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
  • Avoid flooded crossings as submerged obstacles may pose a hazard and traffic ahead may have created hidden hazards such as deep holes.
  • Do not walk into flood waters—if in doubt, wait it out!

In an emergency

In an emergency phone Triple Zero (000).

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Protect the natural environment and help ensure the survival of the native plants and animals living here by following these guidelines.

  • Everything within national parks and forests is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on the track. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.
  • Obey signs and safety notices.

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

Park management

The department manages national parks under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Glastonbury camping area is on State forest so it is managed under the Forestry Act 1959.

Tourism information links

Gympie Tourist Information Centres:

Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre
www.visitgympieregion.com.au
Bruce Highway, Lake Alford Duck Ponds, Gympie QLD 4570
Phone: 1800 444 222
Email:

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

Last updated
9 August 2018