Crediton State Forest Mackay

Visiting Crediton safely

    Getting there and getting around

    From Mackay, drive 80 km west along the Mackay–Eungella Road to Eungella township. At the head of the valley, the road winds sharply and steeply up the Clarke Range—not recommended for caravans. When you reach Eungella township at the top of the range, follow the road sweeping left through Eungella National Park to Crediton State Forest.

    The Diggings is 9.5 km from Broken River off Eungella Dam Road via Diggings Road. Diggings Road is rough, unsealed and in wet conditions is only suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles.

    To reach Crediton Hall camping area, turn off 8 km south of Eungella onto Crediton Loop Road, and continue 6.7 km to the camping area. This road is suitable for conventional vehicles.

    To reach Denham Range, turn off Eungella Dam Road 14.7 km south of Eungella, onto Cockies Creek Road. From this turnoff, it is a further 23.7 km to Denham Range camping area along rough gravel roads suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

    Roads may be closed in wet weather or high fire-danger periods.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Crediton State Forest.

    Staying safe

    Consider your fitness, ability and weather conditions carefully before setting out. Be well prepared and responsible for your own safety—even on a short stroll. Do not expect to be warned of every possible danger.

    • Never walk alone—walk with family or friends.
    • Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return and if you change your plans, inform them. Plan to complete your walk well before dark.
    • Keep to tracks to avoid getting lost.
    • Carry extra food and drinking water in case your walk takes longer than expected.
    • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
    • Wear boots or strong shoes for a comfortable walk.
    • Dress for comfort, use insect repellent and protect yourself from sun and rain.
    • Carry a mobile phone and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (try 112 if this fails). Remember coverage is very limited—lookouts are best. Otherwise, send the fittest members of your party to get help, leaving someone behind to care for the injured.

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

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • sufficient food and water
    • first-aid kit—and know how to use it
    • fuel stove and fuel
    • sturdy footwear
    • protective clothing
    • insect repellent
    • ground sheet
    • strong rubbish bags—bins are not provided.

    Drinking water

    Bring your own drinking water. Any water collected in the park must be treated before drinking.

    Opening hours

    Crediton State Forest is open 24 hours a day. The park office in neighbouring Eungella National Park is open weekdays (park duties permitting).

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

    Commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Crediton State Forest. Organised event permits are required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us for further information.

    Pets

    Dogs are permitted on a leash in Crediton State Forest during the day only.

    Climate and weather

    The region's dry season occurs during winter (June–August), with average temperatures of 10°C to 20°C. Between October and March, high humidity, strong seasonal rainfall and average temperatures of 20°C to 30°C make walking less comfortable.

    Much of the yearly rainfall is between December and March. Walking from April to September will help avoid wet and dry weather extremes. Be prepared for track closures during periods of high fire danger.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    Fuel and supplies

    Limited supplies are available at Eungella with the nearest fuel at Finch Hatton. Fuel and supplies are also available at Mackay and Proserpine. For more information see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.