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Kalpowar State Forest

Entrance to Kalpowar State Forest. Photo: Queensland Government.Entrance to Kalpowar State Forest. Photo: Queensland Government.

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What's special

In the foothills of the Burnett Range, Kalpowar State Forest protects a mosaic of forests. Patches of dense rainforest with towering hoop pines remain between open eucalypt forests and hoop pine plantations. More than 150 plant species occur in the hoop pine rainforest which was first logged in 1918. Fireclay Road got its name from local clay used to make bricks before the plantations were established here. The first hoop pine plantation of about 12ha was developed in 1934 and the last available area was planted in 1991.

Exploring Kalpowar

Picnic or camp in a tranquil bush setting beside Crane Creek near the start of McNae Road. The open grassy camp sites are suitable for families and large groups. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

For further information see camping information page.

Horses, dogs (on a leash), mountain bikes and motor bikes are permitted on forest roads within the State forest unless otherwise signed.

All vehicles including caravans, motorhomes and trailers must be registered to be permitted on forest roads within the State forest.

Trail bikes may be driven on roads in Kalpowar State Forest. Drivers must be fully licensed and their bike must be road-registered. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted.

For your safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing roads. Observe and comply with the instructions on all signs.

For your safety:

  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.
  • Obey speend limits and road rules. All normal rules apply on forest tracks and roads.
  • Watch out for the unexpected—slow down to allow time to react to changed road conditions.
  • Avoid accessing roads in wet weather or when road is soft anf muddy.
  • Observe and obey all safety signs.
  • Quad bikes (ATV’s) are not permitted in State Forests.

Getting there

From Monto travel 37km north-east on the Monto­–Gladstone Road to the turn-off to Kalpowar State Forest. The gravel access road to the state forest is accessible by conventional vehicle, caravans and motor homes.

From Gin Gin travel 37km north-west on the Bruce Highway to the Kalpowar Road turn-off. Travel a further 50km to Kalpowar State Forest camping area turn off. From here it is a further 1.3km to the camping area.

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Location of Kalpowar State Forest within Queensland

Last updated
27 April 2018