Crediton State Forest Mackay

Visiting Crediton safely

    Getting there and getting around

    From Mackay, drive 90km 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—take care if towing a caravan. 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 camping area 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 4WD vehicles.

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

    To reach Denham Range, turn off Eungella Dam Road 14.7km south of Eungella, onto Cockies Creek Road. From this turnoff, it is a further 23.7km to Denham Range camping area along rough gravel roads suitable for high clearance and 4WD 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. 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.
    • Before leaving home, consider downloading the Triple Zero emergency + app on your phone—to help identify your location in times of emergency.

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

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • sufficient food and water
    • sturdy footwear
    • first-aid kit—and know how to use it
    • protective clothing
    • insect repellent
    • fuel stove and fuel
    • strong rubbish bags—bins are not provided.
    • A mobile phone or satellite phone (with spare battery), GPS and a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) are recommended for remote bushwalking.

    Drinking water

    Bring your own drinking water and/or water treatment tablets/kit and filter. Any water collected in the park must be treated before drinking.

    Opening hours

    Crediton State Forest is open 24 hours a day, although closures may be enforced during severe weather conditions.

    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. View permits and fees for further information.


    Dogs are permitted on a leash in Crediton State Forest during the day only. They are not allowed in camping areas overnight. Make sure you pick up your dog’s faeces, bag it and take it with you to dispose of responsibly.

    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.