Tewantin National Park Sunshine Coast

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Things to do

    The Palm Grove walk is accessed via the Wooroi day-use area.

    The Palm Grove walk is accessed via the Wooroi day-use area.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    The fire tower on Mount Tinbeerwah provides spectacular views.

    The fire tower on Mount Tinbeerwah provides spectacular views.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Explore Tewantin’s forests along mountain-bike trails, management tracks and two short walking tracks. There are good opportunities for birdwatching and the park is a well-known koala habitat.

    Camping and accommodation


    Camping is not permitted in Tewantin National Park.

    Nearby parks and forests including Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, Conondale National Park, Imbil State Forest, Jimna State Forest and Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area offer diverse opportunities for coastal and forest camping.


    Use the walking track grades to choose walks that suit your group’s fitness and experience.

    Palm Grove walk

    Grade 3

    Distance: 1km return

    Time: Allow about 30min walking time

    Details: Enjoy a walk through the cabbage tree and piccabeen palm forests along Wooroi Creek.


    • Watch out for mountain-bike riders on this walk which includes some sections of shared trail. Step aside to allow them to pass.
    • Expect exposed tree roots, muddy sections and fallen palm fronds which can be slippery to walk over.
    View over the rockclimbing area at Mount Tinbeerwah.

    View over the rockclimbing area at Mount Tinbeerwah.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Wooroi day-use area, Tewantin National Park.

    Wooroi day-use area, Tewantin National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Rider on Milk Maid trail.

    Rider on Milk Maid trail.

    Photo credit: Riley Taylor

    Mount Tinbeerwah lookout track

    Grade 4

    Distance: 1km return

    Time: Allow about 45min walking time

    Details: Wheelchair and pram access is possible to the first lookout point (130m) with views to the coast. Beyond the first lookout the track climbs to the fire tower lookout perched 265m above sea level.
    Bring your binoculars and camera to take advantage of the spectacular panoramic 360 degree views. On a good day the volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains can be seen in the distance to the south.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    The Wooroi and Mount Tinbeerwah day-use areas can be accessed from the Noosa-Cooroy Road.

    Wooroi day-use area, close to Tewantin, is the perfect place to relax in the bush and enjoy a picnic among coastal she-oak and bloodwood trees. Picnic tables and tap water are provided here.

    Further towards Cooroy, turn into Tinbeerwah Road and follow the road to the Mount Tinbeerwah day-use area. A picnic table and toilets are provided here as a spot where you can relax before or after you venture to the top of Mount Tinbeerwah for the stunning views. Make sure you bring adequate drinking water when visiting Mount Tinbeerwah as there is no drinking water provided at the site.

    Please do not feed wildlife in the day-use areas. Butcherbirds and noisy miner birds are particularly prone to seeking human food which is harmful to their health. It can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.

    Mountain-bike riding

    From the Wooroi day-use area, mountain-bike riders can choose from 11 trails that vary in length and difficulty. Trails pass through tall forests, rainforest gullies and semi-heath areas and are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) with the assistance of the Noosa Trailblazers Mountain Bike Club.

    Choose trails that suit your riding ability using the trail classification system provided. There are easy, intermediate and difficult trails.

    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.

    Bike riders beware—blackbutt, flooded gums and other trees often drop small branches which can get caught in bike spokes and chains. Riders should exercise caution.

    Do not ride in areas closed to riding.

    Mountain-bike trails

    Trail detailsDistanceTime Traffic flowClassification

    Trail 1
    Features: Hovea
    Follows some management tracks

     1.3km 10min Two-way Easy

    Trail 2
    Features: Indy, Glider and Secrets trails
    Shared trail sections—go slow, give way to walkers.

     4.7km 45min Clockwise


    Trail 3
    Features: Indy and Glider trails
    Shared trail sections—go slow, give way to walkers.
    Follows some managment tracks

     3.5km 20min Anticlockwise


    Trail 4
    Features: Glossy trail
    Follows some management tracks
    4km  30min Two-way


    Trail 5
    Features: Bloodwood and Glider trails
     3km 30min  Anticlockwise


    Trail 6
    Features: Crosscut and Milk Maid trails
    Follows some management tracks
     3.5km 45min  Anticlockwise


    Trail 7
    Features: Indy, Glider, Top Track, Milk Maid and Glossy trails
    Includes shared trail section—go slow, give way to walkers.
    Traverses some managment tracks and Gyndier Road (a bitumen road section)
     12km 1hr 30min  Anticlockwise


    Trail 8
    Features: Trailblazer and Day Dream trails
    3km 20min  Anticlockwise


    Trail 9
    Features: Keelback trail
    800m 5min Two-way Difficult
    Trail 10
    Features: Turn 10 trail
    1.5km 5min One-way Difficult
    Trail 11
    Features: Snake trail
    600m 3min One-way Difficult

    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.
    • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
    • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.


    Horse trails are dedicated along several management tracks and internal roads throughout the park. Be aware that walkers and mountain-bike riders also use these trails.

    Do not ride in areas closed to riding. Horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks and mountain-bike trails.

    Ride safely

    • Always wear a helmet.
    • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to trail conditions.
    • Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users.
    • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
    • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone. Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
    • Check weather reports and check if any closures are current before heading out on your ride. See park alerts.

    Help protect the park environment by adopting a minimal impact approach to riding.

    • Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages plants and wildlife habitat.
    • Keep tracks in good condition and limit erosion by not riding during or immediately after wet weather conditions.
    • Please help to limit the spread of weeds by:
      • Ensuring your clothes, shoes, bike, horses’ coats, hooves, equipment and floats are clean and free of seeds before park visits.
      • Providing weed-free, good quality, processed feed to horses at least 48 hours before entering a forest reserve or protected area.
      • Avoid riding through patches of weeds especially if they are seeding.
    • Only cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail.
    • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
    • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
    • Follow the code of conduct for horseriding through parks and forests—a set of guidelines for horse riders to follow to minimise their impact on park environments, and ensure they are meeting the legislative requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Forestry Act 1959.

    Read about the SEQ horse riding trail networks in this region

    Abseiling and rockclimbing

    Abseiling and rockclimbing is for experienced, suitably equipped people only—and those under their direct supervision. Preparation for these activities must only be conducted behind the safety fence at the vertical cliff face, adjacent to the Mount Tinbeerwah lookout track.

    • Use only the anchor points provided, including back-up anchor points. Placing bolts or fixed anchor points is prohibited.
    • Do not overload—established anchor points are designed for the weight of one person and their equipment.
    • Do not anchor to trees, fences or other structures.
    • Wear a helmet, harness and appropriate footwear and clothing.
    • Use ropes and protective equipment designed for abseiling.
    • Carry emergency communication equipment and a first-aid kit.
    • Look out for climbers below.
    • Never climb alone.
    • Watch the weather—if it looks like it will rain do not attempt the climb.
    • Allow enough time to climb in daylight hours.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.