Cordalba State Forest Bundaberg

Mountain bike riders on the Joey trail, Cordalba State Forest. Photo credit: ©️ John Gatley

About Cordalba State Forest

    Forest features

    Cordalba State Forest provides a peaceful day trip for those wanting to escape the bustle of town.

    Open eucalypt forest, with remnant patches of hoop pine provide an excellent mix of plant communities for birdwatchers to catch a glimpse of a yellow-tufted honeyeater or a barking owl.

    The Promisedland mountain bike trail network provides visitors to the park with a range of trails suited to bike riders of all abilities.

    On the western side of Cordalba State Forest lies Cordalba National Park, which is home to one of Queensland’s rarest trees, the endangered Isis tamarind Alectryon ramiflorus.

    Looking after the forest

    The forest is important habitat for wildlife—keep it clean.

    • 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 at the Hill Top trailhead. When bush camping, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper are properly buried, at least 15cm deep and at least 100m from trails, watercourses and drainage channels.
    • Do not feed or leave food or leftovers for wildlife, as some animals will quickly become pests and aggressive if reliant on handouts.

    Horse riders: help reduce your impact on our natural areas.

    • Do not allow horses to remain in the forest overnight.
    • Never take shortcuts:
      • damages the environment
      • you can get lost
      • your horse could be injured
    • Do not allow horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses.
    • Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
    • Tether horses at resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
    • Avoid spreading weeds:
      • Ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before you visit.
      • Avoid walking and riding through patches of weeds especially if they are seeding.
      • Provide horses with weed-free, good quality, processed feed for at least 48 hours before entering the park.

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

    Forest management

    Cordalba State Forest was gazetted in 1941 and is currently managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). Wildlife, recreation, pest and fire management are part of the custodial responsibilities.

    Tourism information links

    Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre
    271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
    PO Box 930, Bundaberg QLD 4670
    Phone: (07) 4153 8888

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see

    Further information

    QPWS Information Centre (Tewantin)
    Sunshine and Fraser Coast Region
    240 Moorindil Street, Tewantin QLD 4565
    Open 7 days 8am–4pm except Christmas Day
    Phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile charges may apply.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.