Coominglah State Forest, totalling 41,043ha, includes Hurdle Gully Scrub—a 950ha area of semi-evergreen vine thicket of the Brigalow Belt with crows ash and bottle tree alliance. Hurdle Gully Scrub is part of an area of 1710ha that was gazetted in 1999 as Scientific Area 33 to protect the scrub. The scientific area was classified as an Endangered Regional Ecosystem under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Gooreng Gooreng people have a 19,000 year connection to these lands. They gathered plants for food and medicines, hunted and lived from the land. Many worked as foresters during the early years of forestry in Coominglah.
Foresters logged this area for 70 years, cutting mainly spotted gum Corymbia citriodora, Gympie messmate Eucalyptus cloeziana and narrow-leaved red ironbark Eucalyptus crebra. The timber was used for power poles, fences, houses and railway sleepers.
Coominglah State Forest is home to about 650 plant and 440 animal species, with Hurdle Gully Scrub supporting 18 threatened species—10 animals and eight plants.
Keep Coominglah looking good!
You can help protect the forest by observing these guidelines:
- Take rubbish, including disposable nappies and sanitary items, out of the forest and dispose of it properly.
- Please leave all plants and animals undisturbed.
- Use toilets if available.
- Away from toilets, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper are properly buried at least 15cm deep and 100m from tracks, watercourses and drainage channels.
- Do not feed or leave food or rubbish lying around for wildlife, as some animals will quickly become pests and aggressive if reliant on handouts.
- See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Coominglah State Forest was gazetted in October 1935 and is currently managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). Wildlife, recreation, pest and fire management are part of the custodial responsibilities.
North Burnett Regional Council
34–36 Capper Street, Gayndah Qld 4625
Ph: 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC)
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism
36 Avenue Street, Bundaberg East Qld 4670
Ph: 1300 722 099
Monto Magic Tourism Action Group
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
The natural, cultural and historical significance of Coominglah