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About Tuan

Getting there and getting around

Tuan lies on the western edge of the Great Sandy Strait between the townships of Tin Can Bay and Boonooroo.

Registered vehicles, horses and bicycles may be driven or ridden on formed roads in this forest. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted.

The forest is about 45 minutes’ drive north-east of Gympie, and 20 minutes' drive south-east of Maryborough.

From south Gympie, take the Tin Can Bay—Rainbow Beach turn-off and follow the road for approximately 40km. Turn left on to the Cooloola Coast Road and travel 23km towards Maryborough to the Tinnanbar Road turn-off.

From Maryborough, head towards Boonooroo then take the Cooloola Coast Road. Drive 19km along the Cooloola Coast Road to the Tinnanbar Road turn-off.

Log Dump camping area is accessible by boat or vehicle on unsealed roads. Travel 7km along Tinnanbar Road to the turn-off, and a further 1km to the camping area—may be inaccessible in wet weather conditions.

Hedleys camping area is accessible by boat or high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. The turn-off is 11.7km along Tinnanbar Road. Travel another 3km to the camping area. There is also an access road through private property—fees may apply.

Note: mobile phone reception is limited within the State forest.

Wheelchair accessibility

Toilets at Log Dump camping area are wheelchair-accessible.

Forest features

View to Kauri Creek, beside Hedleys camping area. A popular fishing spot. Photo: Sophia Levy, Queensland Government.

View to Kauri Creek, beside Hedleys camping area. A popular fishing spot. Photo: Sophia Levy, Queensland Government.

Tuan is a low-key holiday destination for people who love boating, canoeing and fishing in the adjacent creeks and Great Sandy Strait.

Stretching from Kauri Creek to Boonooroo in the coastal lowlands along the Great Sandy Strait, Tuan State Forest contains some of the most extensive exotic pine plantations in Queensland. The forest also has small remnants of eucalypt forest, coastal wallum, melaleuca wetlands and mangrove lined estuaries.

Enjoy the wildflower display during late winter and spring in the wildflower reserve along Tinnanbar Road. There are many opportunities for bird watching in the forest and nearby in Great Sandy Regional Park.

Indigenous people hunted and gathered in the estuary. Dugong rendering, one of the regions first industries, took place here. The Great Sandy Marine Park protects these unique animals, and ‘Go Slow’ zones have helped dugong populations in the area.

The area has been a popular camping and fishing destination for many years. Foresters used the estuary to raft timber from Kauri Creek to Maryborough’s sawmills.

Camping and accommodation

Lace monitors frequent the campgrounds. Photo: Sophia Levy, Queensland Government.

Lace monitors frequent the campgrounds. Photo: Sophia Levy, Queensland Government.

Choose from two waterfront camping areas in the forest.

The Log Dump camping area on Kauri Creek is the only camping area with a toilet. It is accessible by boat or conventional vehicle in dry conditions. A boat ramp is located beside the camping area.

Hedleys camping area is accessible by boat or high clearance four-wheel-drive. There is also an access road through private property, fees may apply.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around the Tinnanbar township.

Things to do


The park has no walking tracks. Explore along numerous unsealed roads with care.


When exploring the forest roads, look out for and obey regulatory signs.

Licensed drivers in fully road-registered vehicles may drive or ride on formed roads in this forest. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted.

A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, an organised event or a competitive event.

Boating and fishing

There are numerous opportunities for fishing and boating along the creeks and in Great Sandy Marine Park. Boat ramps provide access at the townships of Boonooroo, Tuan, Poona and Tinnanbar and at Log Dump camping area.

Commonly caught species include whiting, bream, flathead and mangrove jack.

Fishing activities are allowed in the Great Sandy Marine Park, but some restrictions apply to encourage sustainable use. Be aware that the area upstream from the Log Dump camping area boat ramp is a marine national park (green) zone. Read more about marine park zones and how to fish for the future.

Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Horseriding and cycling

Horses and bicycles may be ridden on formed roads within the forest. Bikes should be suitable for off bitumen riding. Look out for and obey regulatory signs.

Read more about horse riding and cycling in parks and forests, safety and minimal impact.

Abundant wildlife

The State forest conserves almost 200 plant species within a range of habitats, including wallum heathland and swampland, banksia woodland, and blue gum and scribbly gum open forest. These communities are valuable habitat for a number of rare and threatened species including the glossy-black cockatoo, ground parrot and certain plants such as the leafless tongue-orchid (Cryptostylis hunteriana) and Wide Bay boronia (Boronia rivularis).

The reserve also protects valuable coastal landscapes including wetlands, waterways, sand plains, beach ridge plains and hilly terrain.

Kauri Creek estuary supports coastal wetlands of seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh. These are important habitats for shorebirds, waterfowl, sea birds, marine fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Seagrass is important for dugong and turtle populations and productive fisheries.

The Great Sandy Strait is one of Australia's few passage landscapes where a river’s outflow is blocked by an offshore island (Fraser Island). The resulting intertidal sand banks, mud flats and calm waters provide ideal conditions for shallow seagrass beds, mangrove forests, salt marshes and saltpans. These habitats support a range of wildlife, including threatened species such as shorebirds, dugongs, and marine turtles.

See Great Sandy Marine Park for more about nearby marine areas.

Things to know before you go

Plan your trip carefully, be self-sufficient and ensure your vehicle is in good condition.

Essentials to bring for camping

  • Bring your own drinking water supply.
  • Carry enough food, equipment, medical and other supplies for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, hat and raincoat.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Remove excess packaging when you pack for your trip. Take all rubbish with you when you leave. Campers should bring strong containers suitable for storing food and rubbish.
  • Bring and use fuel or gas stoves to help reduce the risk of wildfires. Cooking fires are only permitted in the fire-rings provided in the camping areas. Bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest. Clean milled fire-wood reduces the risk of introducing pests and diseases into the park.
  • Bring your own portable toilet for Hedleys camping area.

Going boating? Make sure you have:

Opening hours

Tuan State Forest is open 24 hours a day. As the park includes extensive areas of exotic pine plantation, road closures occur at times to safely manage logging operations. Always check park alerts before you visit and obey signs.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.


Dogs are allowed on leashes. Horses are permitted on forest roads and trails unless otherwise signed.

Climate and weather

Tuan enjoys a mild, sub-tropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter.

Always check weather warnings before heading off. Tsunami, cyclones and extremely high tides may occur in coastal areas. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather forecasts or tsunami updates and stay tuned to a local radio station for weather updates.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Maryborough and Tin Can Bay. Unleaded petrol can be purchased at Maaroom.

Staying safe

Be sun and insect safe

Wear insect protection when visiting the park, particularly canoeing, fishing and camping. Mosquitoes and sandflies are always present in this area.

Campfire safety

Always be vigilant with fuel stoves, gas lights and lanterns.

Never leave a campfire unattended and extinguish all fires with water before leaving the area. Do not dispose of non-combustible or toxic material (e.g. glass, cans and plastics) in a campfire. Penalties apply.


Bushfires can pose a threat to walkers and remote campers. They can occur without warning, so be aware of, and prepare for the dangers.

If a bushfire occurs:

  • Follow the walking track away from the fire to the nearest road, beach, lake or creek for refuge.
  • Large logs, a ditch or burnt ground can also provide protection.
  • Avoid areas of heavy fuel, such as deep leaf litter, and stay low to the ground where the air is coolest and contains the least smoke.

In high fire danger conditions camping areas may be closed. It is essential for your safety to follow the instructions on signs in these conditions.

Help protect people, animals and plants from uncontrolled wildfires by using fuel stoves rather than camp fires.

Report bushfires immediately to 000. Early reporting may avert a devastating wildfire.

For more information, please read the QPWS Fire management brochure (PDF, 274K) and guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Driving safely

  • Roads in the State forest are gravel or sand. Stay on tracks and obey signs.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound and you have appropriate equipment.
  • Slow down for driving conditions and expected the unexpected. Watch out for wildlife, brumbies, logging trucks and other park users. If you travel through private property make sure you close any gates you open.

Boating and fishing safely

Plan your boating and trips

  • Check tide times and weather forecasts, available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • Check Maritime Safety Queensland’s Weather Service.
  • Know the risks, your equipment, your responsibilities and your boat.
  • Log your boat trip with your local volunteer rescue station.
  • Seek local advice about potential dangers, and never risk your life to land a fish.

Read more about fishing in parks and forest areas.

In an emergency

  • Call 000 if you have a phone.
  • Advise the location and nature of the emergency. Stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
  • On a marine radio, transmit a Distress or Urgency call on VHF Ch16.
  • Deploy other emergency apparatus including EPIRB, flares and V sheet.

Looking after the forest

The following guidelines will help to care for Tuan so it can be enjoyed now and in the future.

Everything is protected

Everything in the forest (living or dead) is protected including wildflowers, wildlife and even rocks and timber.

Practise sustainable fishing

  • Use legal tackle.
  • Use barbless hooks, where possible, and avoid using stainless steel hooks which don't dissolve.
  • Respect any fishing closures.
  • Take only what you need.
  • Return unwanted fish to the water immediately. Handle the fish gently to minimise stress.
  • Collect only enough bait for your immediate needs.
  • Release any unwanted live bait into the same area where it was collected.
  • Discharge no waste into the water.
  • Refuel on land to avoid pollution.

Bush toileting

If camping away from facilities, it’s best to bring a portable toilet. If bush toileting is necessary, bury all faecal matter and toilet paper at least 50cm deep and at least 100m from waterways. Bag all sanitary items, including disposable nappies, and take them away for appropriate disposal when you leave.

Set up your camp carefully

To avoid damaging plants, position your camp site in an area that has had obvious use. Use tent poles and leave trees free of ropes, nails and wire.

Carry it in—carry it out

Take all rubbish away with you for appropriate disposal. Bins are not provided. Don't burn, bury or leave anything. Carry out sanitary products, disposable nappies and cigarette butts. Do not put these in the toilet facilities. Do not hang rubbish bags from trees or tents.

Bury fish remains below the high-tide mark and covered with at least 50cm of sand. Remove unwanted fishing lines, plastics and hooks from the park.

Remove excess food packaging at home and take strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish. Avoid bringing glass as it can’t be crushed and if broken, can harm other visitors and wildlife.

Let native animals find their own food

Never feed or leave food, food scraps, bait or rubbish available to wildlife. Store food in lockable boxes. It is illegal to feed dolphins unless specifically indicated.

Use a fuel stove

Bring a fuel stove for cooking. If you plan to use a campfire for cooking bring your own, clean milled firewood. It is illegal to collect bush wood from the forest. Fires are only permitted in the fire rings provided within the camping areas, and are prohibited during fire bans or prohibitions.

Keep our waterways clean

Never use soap or shampoo in creeks, rivers, estuaries or the ocean. Soaps, detergents, sunscreens, toothpaste and urine pollute waterways promoting algal growth and affecting the water quality. Scatter washing water 100 m from waterways. Bring non-greasy foods, so dishes can be cleaned without detergent.

Stay on the tracks

Stay on the designated tracks to avoid damaging plants and causing erosion. Driving on tidal flats destroys vital wildlife habitat.

Forest management

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Tuan’s native forest areas and estuaries to conserve its natural and cultural values.

Large areas of pine plantation are managed by HQPlantations Queensland.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism
271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670
Phone: (07) 4153 8888 or 1300 722 099

Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre
227 Maryborough–Hervey Bay Road, Urraween, QLD 4655
Phone: 1800 811 728
Open: Daily 9 am– 5 pm (except Christmas Day)

Gympie Tourist Information Centre
Bruce Highway, Lake Alford, Gympie, QLD 4570
Phone: 1800 444 222

More information about Fraser Island is available on

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see

Further information

QPWS Information Centre (Tewantin)
Sunshine and Fraser Coast Region
240 Moorindil Street, Tewantin, QLD 4565
Open 7 days 8am–4pm except Christmas Day
Phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile charges may apply.

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Last updated
15 November 2016