Visiting Plunkett safely
Getting there and getting around
Plunkett Conservation Park, Wickham National Park and Wickham Timber Reserve are 50km south-west of Brisbane or 53km north-west of the Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway (M1).
The parks are best accessed from Flesser Road, Steele Road or Dryander Street (enter via Neumann Park).
- Gold Coast and hinterland parks locality map
- Plunkett Conservation Park, Wickham National Park and Wickham Timber Reserve shared trails map
- Plan ahead—let a responsible person know of your itinerary and emergency plan if things go wrong.
- Carry enough drinking water, a snack and mobile phone.
- Obey all safety and warning signs.
- Do not walk or ride alone.
- Explore in daylight hours only.
- Wear adequate sun and insect protection.
- Never enter the park if you see smoke in the forest; bushfires can spread quickly.
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Avoid riding during and after rain when trails are soft, wet and muddy.
- Watch out for other trail users, fallen trees and wildlife.
- Slow down and warn other riders when approaching.
- Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions.
- Only ride on trails that suit your riding abilities.
- Ride according to trail conditions.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Before you visit
Check Park Alerts to see if any closures are current before heading out into the parks.
Essentials to bring
- Rubbish bags to remove your rubbish and recyclables from the park. No bins are provided.
- Sufficient drinking water a basic first aid kit (snake bandage) and charged mobile phone.
Dogs are allowed on the formed trails in Plunkett Conservation Park and Wickham Timber Reserve and must be on a leash and under control at all times. Dog faeces must be bagged immediately and removed from the park. Dogs are not permitted in Wickham National Park.
Horses are only permitted on the shared trails marked with horse-trail markers. The trails are shared with walkers, horseriders and mountain bikers.
All other domestic animals are prohibited in the parks.
Climate and weather
The area enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 24°C to 36°C in summer and 13°C to 21°C in winter. Always check the local weather before you visit the park.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available at the nearby townships of Tamborine Village or Logan Village.
- Partial closures due to planned burns 24 May to 1 September 2023