Brooyar State Forest Sunshine Coast

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Visiting Brooyar safely

    Brooyar forest road to Point Pure lookout and abseiling areas.

    Photo credit: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer

    Getting there and getting around


    People travelling in conventional vehicles or with caravans or trailers, can access the forest 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 road.

    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 forest entrance.

    All roads within the forest, including the road to Point Pure lookout, are unsuitable for caravans, trailers and conventional (2WD) vehicles.

    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.
    • Stay on the designated roads and walking track and 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.

    Read additional safety information specifically for roped sports—abseiling and rockclimbing.

    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).
    • Call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers.
    • 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 forest. 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 forest is open 24 hours a day.

    Before you go, check park alerts for current access, closures and conditions.

    Walking tracks, abseiling sites, roads and camping areas within the forest may be closed during fires, adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or safety reasons.

    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.


    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 any time of the year.

    For more information see the tourism information.

    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.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.