Brooyar State Forest Sunshine Coast

Photo credit: © Qld Govt

Visiting Brooyar safely

    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.

    Getting there and getting around

    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.

    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 case of accident or other emergency please:

    • Call Triple Zero (000).
    • Advise the location and nature of the emergency.
    • Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

    Mobile phone reception can be limited in the park in these areas.
    The nearest hospital is Gympie.

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

    Before you visit

    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.