Burrum Coast National Park Bundaberg | Fraser Coast

The Melaleuca track is a great day-hike where walkers can enjoy the full circuit, or explore the Bird Hide walk as a shorter alternative. Photo credit: ©\; Chris Whitelaw

Quiet beaches, flourishing wetlands and abundant wildlife make Burrum Coast National Park a great spot to retreat and relax. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Melaleuca track

Discover melaleuca wetlands, salt pans, mangroves and heath that are alive with colourful wildflowers in spring.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
12.3km
Time suggested
Allow 4hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 3 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking

Heading off from the Walkers Point day-use area or Burrum Point camping area, you’ll be amazed by the ever-changing landscape along this hike.

The mosaic of wallum, melaleuca woodlands of swamp paperbarks and tea-trees, and towering stands of blue gums, scribbly gums and pink bloodwoods harbour a rich and varied birdlife that has to be seen (and heard!) to be believed.

Catch your breath at the seats along the way and take in the explosion of wildflowers in spring, and stunning landscapes all year round. The kids (and adults!) will love crossing the old timber railway bridge—all that remains of the tramline that carried timber to the Maryborough sawmill.

Getting there and getting around

The Melaleuca track is in Burrum Coast National Park, 46km north of Maryborough or 57km south of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area. The park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections.

The Melaleuca track is in the Woodgate section of the park and is accessible by conventional vehicle.

From the south to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Bruce Highway north to Childers and turn right onto Goodwood Road.
  • Travel 18km along Goodwood Road then turn right on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate, follow Walkers Point Road to the Burrum Point camping area or Walkers Point day-use area, and the start of the track.

From the north to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Isis Highway south from Bundaberg and turn east onto Walker Street.
  • Drive 2.4km then turn right onto Barolin Street towards Goodwood and Burrum Coast.
  • Follow Barolin Street and Goodwood Road for 34km and turn left on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate,follow Walkers Point Road to the Burrum Point camping area or Walkers Point day-use area, and the start of the track.

Wheelchair access

The first 500m (return) section of the Melaleuca track from the Walkers Point day-use area is wheelchair-accessible.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Melaleuca track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Burrum Coast safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.