Imbil State Forest Sunshine Coast

Imbil State Forest has magnificent forests, deep gorges, spectacular views, walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy camp sites near rainforests and mountain streams. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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Things to do

    For your safety follow the give-way code when on shared trails.

    Follow the give way code for cyclists, walkers and horseriders

    Imbil State Forest offers a range of walking, horse riding and mountain bike riding opportunities.

    Follow the give way code:

    Be careful and courteous: walkers, horseriders and cyclists often share the same tracks.

    • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
    • Walkers must give way to horses.

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

    The buttress roots of fig trees help support these tall rainforest giants seen along the Fig Tree circuit.

    The buttress roots of fig trees help support these tall rainforest giants seen along the Fig Tree circuit.

    Photo credit: Ross Naumann

    Boardwalk creek crossing on Little Yabba Creek circuit.

    Boardwalk creek crossing on Little Yabba Creek circuit.

    Photo credit: Ross Naumann


    From gentle strolls to challenging hikes, a range of walking opportunities are provided. Refer to the walking track grade when choosing walks suitable for your ability and fitness level.

    Walking track classifications

    Grade 1

    Flat, well-formed track, no steps, 5km or less. Clearly signposted. Suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

    Grade 3

    Formed track, some obstacles, 20km or less. May have short steep hills and many steps. Some experience recommended.

    Grade 4

    Rough track. May be long and very steep with few directional signs. For experienced bushwalkers.

    Fig Tree walk—780m circuit (allow 45mins) Grade 1

    This short circuit walk leads through magnificent rainforest. Watch out for large stinging tree leaves—look but don’t touch! The circuit is suitable for wheelchair access.

    Little Yabba circuit—1.5km return (allow 45mins) Grade 3

    Wade across Little Yabba Creek to explore hoop pine plantation and riparian rainforest. This is a good birdwatching area.

    Piccabeen circuit—3.5km return (allow 2hrs) Grade 3

    An extension of the Little Yabba circuit, this walk explores hoop pine plantation, riparian rainforest and a piccabeen palm grove.

    Mount Allan shared trail—8.8km return (allow 4hrs) Grade 4

    From Charlie Moreland, follow a steep shared trail through hoop pine plantation towards Mount Allan in Conondale National Park.

    Watch out for horse and mountain bike riders—follow the give way code.

    Management and logging vehicles use this route—if you hear a vehicle approaching, immediately move off to the side of the trail.

    At the hitching rail, ascend the 300m walking track to the top of Mount Allan. Climb the stairs of the 9.6m high fire tower for splendid 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges.

    Riders must dismount and leave horses/bikes at the hitching rail before walking to the fire tower.

    Horse and mountain bike riding

    Nature-based recreation opportunities are available in this area for horse and mountain bike riders.

    Horse riding is permitted on shared trails and roads in State forests. Horse riding is restricted in national parks—use designated shared trails only.

    Mountain bike riding is permitted in the same areas and on vehicle tracks unless otherwise signed.

    Horses and bikes are not permitted on designated walking tracks.

    Horses are permitted overnight in a large enclosed paddock beside Charlie Moreland camping area. They are not permitted in the camping areas.

    A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised group activity or a competitive event.

    Read about the Horse Trail Network in this region.

    Day-use areas

    Picnic facilities are provided beside Little Yabba Creek. Facilities include wood and gas barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and tap water (unsuitable for drinking without treatment).

    Bring your own fuel stove or clean-cut firewood—it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.

    Camping and accommodation


    The camping area facilities include toilets (some wheelchair accessible) and taps. Tap water is unsuitable for drinking without treatment.

    Preferably bring a fuel stove. Barbecues and fire-rings are provided for cooking. Bring your own clean-cut firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest. Generators are not permitted.

    The camping area is in grassy open forest and has sites suitable for tents, large groups, campervans, caravans and camper trailers.

    A large enclosed paddock is provided beside the camping area for horses. You are encouraged to bring your own temporary fencing.

    Camping permits for all camp sites must be booked in advance, either online, over-the-counter or by phone.

    Other accommodation

    A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links below.