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About Mount Scoria

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Getting there and getting around

Mount Scoria Regional Park is only a short distance along a sealed road that is signposted from the Burnett Highway at Thangool. As you enter Thangool travelling south from Biloela, take the first turn to the right at Winston Street and follow it past the school, aerodrome and racecourse to a T-junction. Turn left and follow a bitumen road for 5 km to Mount Scoria. Access to the park is suitable for conventional vehicles.

Wheelchair accessibility

One picnic table at Mount Scoria Regional Park is wheelchair accessible. The toilets are not wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Rising 150 m above the cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking local landmark protected in Mount Scoria Regional Park. Formed by volcanic activity 20-26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns.

This small park in Queensland's brigalow belt contains open woodlands with poplar box, Moreton Bay ash, forest red gums, silver-leaved ironbarks and small patches of brigalow. An open semi-evergreen vine thicket growing on rocky slopes towards the summit and around the base of the mountain is a relict of much wetter times. This vegetation is now uncommon in Central East Queensland.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted at Mount Scoria Regional Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Biloela and Gladstone. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Picnic and day-use areas

Have a bush picnic, go birdwatching or simply enjoy the park's wildlife. The park's facilities include sheltered picnic tables, toilets and tank water. Remember to treat water before drinking. An automatic barbecue is provided at the day-use area and open fires are not permitted.


A walking track with information signs at the mountain's base offers great views of the mountain and gives insight into Mount Scoria's significance to the Gangulu people. There are no walking tracks to the peak and climbing the mountain is discouraged.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

Open fires are not permitted in Mount Scoria Regional Park, so you may wish to bring a fuel stove with you. Bringing sun protection, drinking water and insect repellent with you is also a good idea.

Opening hours

Mount Scoria Regional Park is open 24 hours a day, all year round.

Permits and fees

There are no permits or fees required if you wish to visit Mount Scoria Regional Park.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Mount Scoria Regional Park.

Climate and weather

Mount Scoria Regional Park has a mild subtropical climate, however summer days can be extremely hot. It is best to visit during the cooler months of the year, from April to September. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available nearby at Biloela or Thangool. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

While Mount Scoria Regional Park provides the opportunity to encounter the region's diverse wildlife and striking geology, it can also present some hidden dangers. Follow the tips below for a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Stay on track. You may get lost if you leave the walking track. Follow the track and signs carefully and let someone responsible know your plans in case you get lost.
  • Avoid bites, stings and scratches. Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from stings, scratches and insect bites, especially bites from ticks. Detour around snakes—never provoke them.
  • Be sun-smart. Wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen, even on overcast days, to avoid sunburn. Drink frequently to avoid dehydration.

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

Looking after the park

Mount Scoria Regional Park and its unusual basalt columns are culturally significant to the Gangulu people. Please help protect the mountain by observing the following guidelines.

  • Respect Gangulu culture. Indigenous sites represent thousands of years of living culture of special significance to the Gangulu people. These sites are easily damaged and irreplaceable. Look at, enjoy, but do not touch them.
  • Stay on the track. Climbing Mount Scoria's unstable scree slopes is dangerous and can damage the mountain's unique rock formations. Do not strike the basalt columns as this can cause substantial damage.
  • Protect the wildlife. Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected.
  • Use a fuel stove. Open fires are not permitted and collecting firewood from the park is illegal.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing Mount Scoria Regional Park. The major management aims are to conserve the mountain's quality and integrity, and maintain the park's native vegetation.

The regional park is managed in accordance with the Mount Scoria Regional Park Management Plan (PDF, 619K).

Tourism information links

Biloela Visitor Information Centre
Callide St, Biloela Qld
ph (07) 4992 2405
fax (07) 4992 2405

Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre
Exhibition Avenue, Biloela Qld
ph (07) 4992 2400
fax (07) 4992 3465

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
10 May 2012