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

Visiting Imbil safely

    Floodwaters can cut roads in Imbil State Forest. If in doubt wait it out. Photo: Queensland Government

    Floodwaters can cut roads in Imbil State Forest. If in doubt wait it out. Photo: Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

    From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, take the Landsborough exit and travel to Maleny. Then travel along the Maleny Kenilworth Road and turn into Sunday Creek Road (13.5km north of Conondale township). The Charlie Moreland camping area is 5km along Sunday Creek Road.

    Alternative access is via the Eumundi Kenilworth Road, off the Bruce Highway. Kenilworth is about 28km from the highway. The turnoff into Sunday Creek Road is about 7km past Kenilworth.

    Between Maleny-Kenilworth Road junction and Charlie Moreland camping area, Sunday Creek Road is a gravel road that is suitable for conventional, two-wheel-drive vehicles, however caution is required during wet weather. Beyond Charlie Moreland camping and day-use area, Sunday Creek Road is suitable for high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road motorbikes only.

    When driving on forest roads—expect the unexpected

    • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wildlife.
    • Be courteous—pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. For photography and enjoying the scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop on the roadway.
    • Watch out for corners—stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
    • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear.
    • When creek water is across the road, check water depth and road surface before crossing. Water usually covers the Booloumba Creek crossings.
    • Obey road signs—speed limits apply.

    Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings.

    For your safety please observe the following:

    • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
    • Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property.
    • Avoid flooded crossings. Submerged obstacles may pose a hazard. Traffic ahead may have created hidden hazards, such as deep holes. Cross at your own risk. If in doubt, wait it out!

    Always check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    A wheelchair-accessible toilet and camping site is located at Charlie Moreland camping area. Assistance is required when negotiating the grassed areas. The Fig Tree walk with wayside interpretive signs is wheelchair-accessible.

    Staying safe

    Drive safely

    • Registered motorised vehicles—including trail bikes—are permitted to traverse forest roads, unless otherwise signposted.
    • High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and off-road motorbikes are recommended.
    • Queensland road rules apply.
    • Avoid driving in or immediately after wet weather.
    • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wildlife.
    • Be courteous—pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. For photography and enjoying the scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop on the roadway.
    • Watch out for corners—stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
    • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear.
    • When creek water is across the road, check water depth and road surface before crossing. Water usually covers the Booloumba Creek crossings.

    Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings.

    For your safety please observe the following:

    • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
    • Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property.
    • Avoid flooded crossings. Submerged obstacles may pose a hazard. Traffic ahead may have created hidden hazards, such as deep holes. Cross at your own risk. If in doubt, wait it out!

    Always check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling.

    Stay on track

    Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.

    Supervise children

    Natural areas have hazards with which children are unfamiliar: creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and defensive wildlife.

    Human food is not for wildlife

    Feeding wildlife is an offence and it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour in animals.

    Water hazards

    • Never dive into creeks or rock pools, as they contain submerged rocks and logs.
    • Water depth is unpredictable.
    • Rock surfaces can be slippery.
    • Always supervise children around water.
    • Crossing or swimming in creeks—if it’s flooded, forget it!

    Carry a first-aid kit

    • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know how to use it.
    • Insect repellent is recommended to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks.
    • Check for ticks often and remove them immediately.

    Treat all water

    Boil water for approximately five minutes to kill most pathogens or use water treatment tablets. Tap water is pumped from the creek and may contain organisms that cause illness.

    Take care with fire

    • Only use constructed fireplaces.
    • Never leave a fire unattended.
    • Always supervise children around campfires.
    • Ensure the fire is completely out before you leave.
    • Use water, not dirt, to extinguish campfires.
    • Preferably bring a fuel stove.

    Be aware! During fire bans or prohibitions no fires are allowed. Check park alerts before heading off to camp.

    In an emergency

    In case of accident, other emergency or for reporting a bushfire or acts of arson, please:

    • Call Triple Zero (000).
    • Advise the location and nature of the emergency.
    • Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

    Mobile phone reception can be limited in the park.

    The closest hospital is Nambour.

    For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines Safety in parks and forests.

    Pack strong containers to store and protect your food and rubbish from foraging wildlife, including goannas. Human food is harmful to wildlife! Photo: Ross Naumann

    Pack strong containers to store and protect your food and rubbish from foraging wildlife, including goannas. Human food is harmful to wildlife! Photo: Ross Naumann

    Kookaburras can become pests if fed. Photo: Ross Naumann

    Kookaburras can become pests if fed. Photo: Ross Naumann

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • Plan your trip carefully, be self-sufficient and ensure your vehicle is in good condition.
    • Carry enough food, water, equipment and other supplies for your trip.
    • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, hat and raincoat.
    • Bring suitable clothing. Temperatures in the area soar above 30°C in summer and drop below 0°C in winter. Nights can be cool at any time of the year.
    • Rubbish bins are not provided. Remove excess packaging when you pack for your trip. Bring rubbish bags and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
    • Preferably bring and use fuel or gas stoves. If you do wish to use the barbecues provided, bring your own clean-cut firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.

    Opening hours

    These parks and forests are open 24 hours a day. There is a pay phone outside the Kenilworth QPWS office on Sunday Creek Road.

    Permits and fees

    A permit is required if camping in forests or parks. Fees apply.

    Pets

    Horse riding is permitted on shared trails and roads in State forests. A large enclosed paddock is provided beside the camping area for horses. Horses and other domestic animals are not permitted within the camping or day-use area.

    Climate and weather

    Temperatures in the area exceed 30°C in summer and drop below 0°C in winter. Nights can be cool at any time of the year. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Kenilworth, Conondale and Maleny. For more information see the tourism information links.