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Poona National Park

Wallum heath plant communities feature in Poona National Park. Photo: Ross Naumann.Wallum heath plant communities feature in Poona National Park. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Facilities and activities

Location

Poona National Park is located 6km south-east of Maryborough.

Getting there

Poona National Park is 6km south-east of Maryborough on the northern side of the Maryborough-Cooloola and Boonooroo Road. Access is possible by four-wheel-drive vehicle, boat or walking. The roads inside the park are not signposted and are not recommended in wet weather as they become boggy.

What's special

Low-lying coastal plains and two small islands in the Great Sandy Strait are protected in this park. These areas provide an ideal habitat for a variety of shorebirds including threatened eastern curlew and endangered little tern.

Paperbark forests, woodlands, mangroves, banksia and blue gum woodlands, and wallum heathland grow in the park. These plant communities flourished in the Maryborough-Hervey Bay area before settlement and land clearing. Also growing here are one of the most southerly stands of the broad-leafed paperbark Melaleuca viridiflora and vulnerable plants including Boronia keysii and the endangered Macrozamia pauli-guilielimi.

Poona National Park is an important wildlife refuge. Vulnerable frog species such as the wallum sedgefrog and wallum froglet take refuge in the wallum heath. The park also protects part of the Kalah Creek catchment.

Exploring Poona

Go fishing within the Kalah Creek catchment area only. Kalah Creek is accessible by four-wheel-drive off Boonaroo Road or by boat from the Maaroom boat ramp. Read more about fishing regulations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and the Visitor Guide (PDF, 6.4M).

The park is a great place for low impact, nature-based activities such as photography and birdwatching. See spectacular wildflower displays in spring and summer. There are no facilities and camping is not permitted.

Explore on foot or by four-wheel-drive only. The best time to visit is during early Spring when the wallum wildflowers are in full bloom.

For your safety:

  • Stay on the park management track network. It is easy to become disoriented walking through the dense, taller sections of wallum.
  • Carry plenty of water and a mobile phone.
  • Read more about staying safe in parks.

Remember: This is a national park. Leave rocks, logs, plants and flowers as you find them. Everything in the park is protected.

Maps and useful links

Location of Poona National Park within Queensland

Last updated
29 July 2019