The park is named after Kathleen McArthur, a local artist, conservationist and founding member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (1962). Kathleen was passionate about wallum heathlands and campaigned to have these plant communities protected in the Sunshine Coast region. The heathland wildflowers were a favourite subject for her botanical illustrations.
Walk peacefully through precious remnants of wallum heath—a habitat under threat in the Sunshine Coast that once covered a large area of the Sunshine Coast. Wildflowers are best viewed in late winter and spring.
The park’s diverse plant communities support wildlife, including many bird species. You can explore coastal heath, open forest, woodland, low closed forest with rainforest species, sedgeland and casuarina dune plant communities.
Looking after the park
You can help protect the park so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:
- Leave your pets at home—domestic animals are not permitted in the conservation park.
- Stay on the walking tracks and fire management trails to avoid damaging plant communities and causing erosion.
- To protect sensitive wet heathland areas, turn back when the track is covered by water (can occur from January to June). Walking through and around waterlogged areas deeply compacts soils and tramples plants—damaged areas take a long time to recover.
- Keep out of fenced dune areas as these areas are sensitive to erosion and closed for rehabilitation.
- Bikes and vehicles are not permitted on the fire management trails, walking tracks or elsewhere in the conservation park.
- Do not feed or leave food for animals—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
- Leave no rubbish. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Remember, plants and animals are protected, so leave them undisturbed.
Contact the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline to report; wildlife incidents, marine animal strike, marine stranding or an injured, sick or dead turtle, dolphin or whale.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park was first gazetted in 1975 as an environmental park. It was declared a conservation park in 1994.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages this conservation park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its remarkable natural and cultural values in perpetuity. Read the park’s management statement .
Tourism information links
Visit Sunshine Coast
Phone: 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.