Visiting Jimna safely
Getting there and getting around
From Brisbane travel north to Caboolture and take the D’Aguilar Highway turn-off to Kilcoy. From Kilcoy, travel north 45km along the Kilcoy–Murgon Road to Jimna State Forest. The access road to the camping and day-use area includes a concrete causeway creek crossing. Heavy rain can cause flooding on this bridge—sometimes suddenly. Avoid flooded crossings and take care when driving on forest roads.
There are two wheelchair-accessible toilets at Peach Trees camping area (northern and southern toilet blocks). Disabled parking is available adjacent to both toilet blocks.
There is a wheelchair friendly camp site located in Peach Trees camp site. See Camping in Jimna State Forest for more details.
- 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 in 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.
- Obey road signs—speed limits apply.
- Vehicle access is not possible in some areas. Look out for signs that indicate accessibility.
- Heavy rain can flood creek crossings—sometimes suddenly.
- Safety is your responsibility.
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. For road conditions please visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
For weather forecasts visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Stay on track
Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you should return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and energy snack food.
Stay with your children. They may be unfamiliar with hazards in natural areas—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.
- 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.
Carry a first-aid kit
- Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and know how to use first aid.
- Insect repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks is recommended.
- Check for ticks often and remove them immediately.
Treat all water
Boil water for at least five minutes to kill most pathogens or use water treatment tablets. Tap water is pumped from the creek and may contain organisms that can cause illness.
Take care with fire
- Please only use the fire rings provided.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- 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 or other emergency please:
- call Triple Zero (000)
- call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
- advise your location and nature of the emergency
- stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
The nearest hospitals are located at Kilcoy, Caboolture, Maleny and Nanango.
- Also see: Safety in parks and forests for more safety guidelines.
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.
- 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 fire rings provided, bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.
- 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.
These parks and forests are open 24 hours every day.
Camping permits are required to camp in forests or parks. Fees apply.
Dogs are allowed on a lead in Jimna State Forest, but not in the camping area. Other domestic animals are not permitted. Horses may be ridden on roads and the Horse Trail Network in Jimna State Forest. There is a horse paddock beside the camping area.
Temperatures in the area exceed 30°C in summer and drop below zero in winter. Nights can be cool at any time. For more information see the tourism information links.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at Kenilworth and Kilcoy. For more information see the tourism information links.