Things to do
There is no formal camping area at Mia Mia State Forest.
Bush camping is permitted in all areas of the park. No facilities are provided. Visitors must be self-sufficient and take their own drinking water. Bush camping is accessible by walk-in, four-wheel-drive vehicles, motorbikes, trail bikes and bicycles.
Remote bushwalking requires special skills. You will need to be physically fit, have bushwalking and navigation experience, and have an emergency plan in place with a responsible friend or family member.
For your safety always check the current park alerts to learn of any park conditions that could affect your planned trip or special operations such as planned burns that may be scheduled. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Find out more about camping in Mia Mia State Forest.
- Book your camping permit online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Bushwalkers must be well prepared and carry:
- a topographic map
- first-aid kit, water and food
- GPS and compass
- Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) recommended.
Note: mobile phone reception within the park is unreliable.
Bushwalkers intending to bush camp must:
Other accommodation is available at Mackay.
Enjoy a scenic drive from the township of Pinnacle to Mia Mia State Forest and Captain’s Crossing.
Drive south from Pinnacle on the Mackay-Eungella Road and turn right onto the Pinnacle Septimus Road. Travel for 5km to Septimus Creek, turn right before the creek and follow the track for another 1.5km to the State forest boundary. Continue on for 7.5km from the boundary, through the forest to a picturesque stream crossing at Teemburra Creek. Take along lunch and enjoy a picnic in the shade at Captain’s Crossing.
Registered four-wheel-drive vehicles, motorcycles, trail bikes and bicycles may be driven or ridden on roads in this forest. A special permit may be required for a commercial activity, organised event activity or a competitive event.
Unregistered and conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted. The driver must hold a valid licence to operate the vehicle
Mia Mia State Forest is accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Access can be restricted due to extreme weather conditions. Visitors should check park alerts prior to departure.
Saddle-up and explore Mia Mia State Forest on horseback. Horseriding is permitted on open roads and tracks in these state forests.
Please remember to ride safely and minimise your impact on these special natural areas. Take note of weather conditions before you set out and avoid traversing over wet or muddy soil to reduce the spread of weed seeds.
Mia Mia State Forest hosts an array of wildlife. Listen for skinks rustling in the undergrowth and the melody of bird calls.