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The Palms National Park Southern Queensland Country

A beautiful stand of piccabeen palms is the key feature of The Palms National Park. Photo credit: Karen Smith © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Short walks for the family around south east Queensland

Walking in Queensland National Parks is a fun way to be healthier and happier, and to share special times with family and friends. Photo credit: Ellie Jamieson © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Visitors of all ages enjoy The Palms' short circuit track.

    Visitors of all ages enjoy The Palms' short circuit track.

    Photo credit: Karen Smith © Queensland Government

    The small picnic area is regularly visited by brush turkeys.

    The small picnic area is regularly visited by brush turkeys.

    Photo credit: Karen Smith © Queensland Government

    Have a bush picnic with the local wildlife or take a short walk through the rainforest.

    Camping and accommodation


    Camping is not permitted in The Palms National Park.

    Other accommodation

    Limited accommodation is available in Cooyar and Yarraman with a greater range of options at larger towns in the region. See the tourism information links below or consult the local telephone directory or the internet.


    The Palms Circuit

    Grade 3

    Distance: 650m return

    Time: allow 15 minutes

    This short track encircles the palm forest—palms one side, dry vine forest on the other. Admire piccabeen palms, a large strangler fig, bunya and hoop pines, and buttressed trees along the track and boardwalks through the rainforest.

    Look for grey-headed flying-foxes roosting in the palm trees above the creek in summer, or on the ground for noisy pittas and black-breasted button-quails during winter and spring.

    The Palms National Park map (PDF, 139.5KB)

    Picnic and day-use areas

    A small picnic area with picnic tables.

    Viewing wildlife

    The Palms National Park might be small, but that makes it even better for seeing the rainforest plants and animals for which it is a refuge.

    The spring-fed creek running through the park is always damp and becomes quite wet after good rain. Listen for the calls of frogs in warmer months and watch the birds and other animals that come to the creek to drink.

    Summer is also the best time to see the flying-foxes which rest by day in the park and fly by night to feed on forest fruits in the surrounding hills and valleys.

    More than 90 species of birds have been recorded at the park. Watch for rose-crowned fruit doves or green catbirds feeding on fruits of piccabeen palms and figs. Listen for the distinctive calls of wonga pigeons or brown cuckoo-doves echoing through forest. See eastern yellow robins and white-browed scrub wrens flitting through the shaded understory and brown or buff-rumped thornbills feed busily in sunny patches at the forest edge. Barking owls have also been seen here.

    Red necked pademelons and swamp wallabies can sometimes be seen thumping noisily through the gully.