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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.

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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.

Looking after the park

You can help protect this park so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:

  • Everything in the park (living of dead) is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Use toilets if available or bring a portable toilet. If bush toileting, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried at least 15cm deep and 100m from all watercourses. Bag and carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
  • Do not put sanitary products, disposable nappies and cigarette butts in the toilet facilities.
  • Take your rubbish home for appropriate disposal. Never bury or leave rubbish in the park.
  • All refuse from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 30cm deep, below the high tide line.
  • Keep waterways and the ocean free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive. Store food in lockable boxes.
  • Contact the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline to report: wildlife incidents, marine animal strike, marine stranding or an injured, sick or dead turtle, dolphin or whale.

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

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Location of Poona National Park within Queensland

Last updated
28 November 2019