Parklands Conservation Park Sunshine Coast

Open forest, Parklands Regional Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Things to do

    Forest on the Rocky Creek circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    Forest on the Rocky Creek circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

    In Parklands Conservation Park, banksias are common in the open forest understory. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

    In Parklands Conservation Park, banksias are common in the open forest understory. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in Parklands Conservation Park. Reserves with camping areas nearby include Conondale National Park, Beerwah State Forest, and Mapleton National Park.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, including private camping areas—see the tourism information links below for further information.

    Trails

    Walkers, runners, horseriders and mountain-bike riders can explore the park on shared trails. Another twelve trails are provided specifically for mountain-bike riders.

    Be aware that there are two emus roaming the park. They were hand raised on adjoining land and are accustomed to being around people they know and can be inquisitive about visitors. For the bird's safety and for your safety, slow down near them and don’t approach or try to touch them.

    Shared trails and mountain-bike trails are suitable for bicycles designed for off-road riding. They are not suitable for bicycles designed for smooth road surfaces.

    Shared trails—walking, running, mountain biking and horseriding

    15km of shared trails are provided for walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horseriders.

    Be aware that the trails cross a number of creeks and lead to rock pools and cascades, which flow after heavy rainfall. There are steep sections; walkers should have high fitness levels.

    Trail give-way code:

    • Travel in a clockwise direction.
    • Walkers give way to horseriders.
    • Mountain bikers give way to both walkers and horseriders.

    Coobong circuit—5.2km return. Sections with steep extremely steep grades (<15%)

    Travel through open eucalypt forest where bloodwood and tallowwood trees are common and banksias, wattles, grass trees and hopbush grow in the forest understorey.

    In more protected, wetter areas the forest features flooded gum, turpentine, cabbage tree palm, piccabeen palm and some rainforest plants.

    You will cross two small creeks and pass apiary bee hives on this circuit.

    Rocky Creek circuit—5.4km return. Sections with steep grades, creek crossings, slippery when wet

    A grassy forest floor, with trees including tallowwood, bloodwood and casuarina on the high ridges, is characteristic of this track. In the lower areas scribbly gum, bracken fern and palm groves grow in protected gullies where the soil retains more moisture.

    Lemon Tree circuit—7.8km return. Sections with steep grades, creek crossings, slippery when wet

    Similar to the Rocky Creek Circuit, this track includes dry, rocky ridges with views to the coast. Some sections are more exposed, making the dry open forest a hotter area through which to travel, especially during the warmer summer months.

    Komine circuit—11km return. Section with extremely steep grades (<15%) that require riders to dismount

    Cooler winter months are the best time to explore this circuit. It winds through open scribbly gum forest and includes large sections of track with little shade.

    Mountain-bike trails

    Mountain-bike riders can choose from multiple trails that vary in length and difficulty—easy, intermediate and difficult trails. Tracks pass through tall eucalypt forests, past rocky platforms, steep gorges and trickling creeks.

    Trails are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and maintained with the assistance of Sunshine Coast trail Alliance and incorporated volunteers.

    • Some trails are to be ridden in one direction for safety—check the direction of each trail on the map before commencing your ride.
    • Watch out for other users and wildlife.
    • Make sure your bike is suitable—trails are designed for mountain bikes, not road bikes.

    Choose trails that suit your ability. Trails are classified according to difficulty using these standards:

    ClassificationDescription
    Easy gradeEasy Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
    Intermediate gradeIntermediate Narrow trails with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain-bike riders with mountain bikes.
    Difficult gradeDifficult For experienced mountain-bike riders. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.
    Trail detailsDistanceTime Traffic flowClassification
    Trail 1
    Features: Rookie Road trail
    770m 10min  Two-way trail Easy gradeEasy
    Trail 2
    Features: Lush trail
    3.1km 45min One-way trail: clockwiseEasy gradeEasy
    Trail 3
    Features: Blue Tongue trail
    550m 3min One-way trail: downhill onlyIntermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 4
    Features: Road rage trail

    6km 1hr Best direction: clockwise Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 5
    Features: Rock’n’Roll, Lower NZ and Ho Chi Hoe trails

    5.9km 1hr Best direction: clockwise Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 6
    Features: Phoenix, Rock-a-dial and Upper NZ trails

    5km 1hr

    Best direction: anticlockwise

    Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 7
    Features: Red dog and Roo Valley trails

    2.4km 30min Two-way trail Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 8
    Features: Meadows trail

    1.4km 15min Best direction: clockwise Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 9
    Features: Handlebar trail

    2.1km 30min Best direction: clockwise  Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 10
    Features: T Track trail

    700m 10min Two-way trail Intermediate gradeIntermediate

    Trail 11
    Features: Rocky Road trail
    A trail for highly experienced riders to test their skills.

    320m 5min One-way trail: downhill onlyDifficult gradeDifficult

    Trail 12
    Features: Shadowlands trail
    A trail for highly experienced riders to test their skills.

    530m 5min One-way trail: downhill onlyDifficult gradeDifficult

    Trail 13
    Features: Tazer trail
    A trail for highly experienced riders to test their skills.

    750m 5min One-way trail: downhill onlyDifficult gradeDifficult

    Ride responsibly

    • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
    • Ride according to trail conditions.
    • Slow down and warn other riders when approaching. Follow the give-way code.
    • Bike riders: avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
    • Horseriders: rest horses for short periods only to minimise soil erosion and compaction. Do not allow horses to graze on park vegetation.
    • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.