Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park Sunshine Coast

Wildflowers feature at Currimundi in winter and spring. Photos: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Things to do

    Heath circuit track, Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Heath circuit track, Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    The sweet honey smell of Melaleuca nodosa flowers attract a variety of insects and birds. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    The sweet honey smell of Melaleuca nodosa flowers attract a variety of insects and birds. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Boronia flowers stand out among the heath. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Boronia flowers stand out among the heath. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in this small park. The nearest national park camping area is Coochin Creek camping area in Beerwah State Forest about half an hours drive from Currimundi Lake.

    Sunshine Coast Regional Council provides a number of coastal camping areas. For more details search through their holiday parks website.

    Other accommodation

    There is a large range of holiday accommodation on the Sunshine Coast—see the tourism information links for further information.

    Walking

    Short walking tracks and fire management trails provide access for walkers through this small reserve. Keep to the walking tracks as this area was used for military purposes during World War II and may contain unexploded ammunition.

    Be prepared for your walk, especially in hot weather. Wear a hat and sunscreen and carry water and insect repellant. Wear footwear suitable for sandy tracks.

    Choose a walk that suits your ability and fitness level—see track standards and walking track descriptions below.

    Key to track standards

    Grade 2 track Grade 2 track Australian standards

    • No bushwalking experience required.
    • Track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.

    Grade 3 track Grade 3 track Australian standards

    • Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
    • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
    • Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.

    Walks

    Grade 2 track Heath circuit (Grade 2)

    Distance: 1.4km return
    Time: allow 40 mins return

    Details: The first 140m of this walk track is sealed bitumen suitable for wheelchair and pram access. It leads through woodland to a viewing point that looks over Currimundi Lake.

    Further along the Heath circuit the plant communities change—there are woodlands dominated by casuarinas and phebalium, and in other places woodlands dominated by banksia or tea-tree or wattle; and low wildflower heathland. In the casuarina woodland look for comb ferns growing on the forest floor beside the track.

    Grade 3 track Beach access track (Grade 3)

    Distance: 2km return
    Time: allow 1 hour return

    Details: This track follows the heath circuit track before branching off through a wattle and tea-tree thicket with midyim and bracken understorey. It meanders over several dunes where rainforest plants including tuckeroo, acronychia and celerywood grow and form a low, dense canopy above the track.

    On the foredunes the plants change abruptly to casuarinas and pandanus. There are scenic views south to Caloundra and south-east to Moreton Island.

    All other internal tracks are fire management trails which are suitable for walkers only. They provide pedestrian only entry and exit points into the park from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Coastal Pathway and streets adjoining the park.

    Coastal Pathway

    Follow this link for more information on the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Coastal Pathway, which is a 9km walk and cycle pathway from Caloundra to Point Cartwright. The pathway follows the western and northern edges of the park and this section is wheelchair accessible.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Picnic facilities are not provided in Currimundi (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. They are provided in the adjoining Sunshine Coast Regional Council Crummunda Park where facilities include picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and a viewing platform/canoe launching area.

    Canoeing

    Currimundi Lake is a great place for family canoeing. Visit Sunshine Coast Regional Council's website for information and maps for the Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail.

    Viewing wildlife

    Currimundi is a great place to view coastal plants and animals, especially in the cooler parts of the day—early morning and late afternoon—when wildlife is most active.

    A wide variety of habitats occur in this small reserve—open forest near the park entrance quickly gives way to woodland and wallum heath. Closer to the beach and protected from the wind behind the foredunes, a dense forest with dark green tuckeroo leaves contrasts with the spiky pandanus and thin she-oaks on adjoining dunes.

    Wildflowers

    Wildflowers may be found year-round but especially in late winter and spring when masses of white, pink, gold and purple blooms carpet the heath. These wildflower which once covered the coast, can now can only be seen in a few remaining areas of protected wallum.

    Common wildflowers include purple and pink shades of boronias, twinning peas, prickly heath, wax flower, iris and vanilla lilies; cream to yellow and gold wallum peas, wattles, geebung, guinea flowers, banksias, grass trees and melaleucas; blue hues of lilies and fan flowers; white prickly heath, wedding bush, pimelea and tea-tree; red and green flashes of bottle brushes; deep green banksias and many more.

    While the peak season is the best time to view the wildflowers, flowers can be seen throughout the year. Some flowers are very small and translucent or green. Beautifully camouflaged insects and spiders can also be observed amongst the leaves and flowers.

    For more information on Sunshine Coast wildflowers visit Noosa Plants.

    Birdwatching

    Birds move in and out of the park following the flowering of shrubs and trees. Some birds, like the drongos, are migratory. Others, like friarbirds and rainbow lorikeets, live on the coast all year.

    A colourful variety of small honeyeaters can be observed early and late in the day feeding among the heath. Species include white-cheeked honeyeaters, blue-faced honeyeaters, scarlet honeyeaters, Lewin’s honeyeater, little wattlebirds and friarbirds.

    Heath habitat also provides a great hunting ground for insect eating birds including rainbow bee-eaters, drongos, fantails, wagtails and wrens. Many honeyeaters also eat small insects.

    Waterbirds and birds of prey can be observed around the lake and ocean beach.

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