Wongabel State Forest Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © Julie Swartz

About Wongabel

    Forest features

    Wongabel State Forest protects a remnant of endangered mabi forest, less than four per cent of which now remains. The name 'mabi' is derived from a local Aboriginal word for the near threatened (rare) Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo, the largest mammal found in this rainforest.

    In 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace the mature trees that were harvested from the area. Now, commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine grow beside the native forest.

    Enjoy the 750m walk through the forest or take the longer, 2.5km heritage route. Signs tell of the history of the area, as well as forestry practices and local ecology. Look for Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos and possums while spotlighting at night.

    Looking after the forest

    • Everything in the forest is protected—leave everything as you found it.
    • Keep to the walking tracks at all times.
    • Take rubbish with you when you leave the forest and help by picking up rubbish left by others.


    If planning a spotlighting trip there are a few things that will make the experience memorable:

    • Keep bulb wattage to 30 or less. This will increase the chance of finding animals (by not warning them of your arrival) and will extend your viewing time.
    • Bring binoculars to get a good view.
    • Use your senses to find wildlife. Look for eye shine, listen for leaves rustling and inhale the smells.
    • Use a white light to explore then add a red or orange filter to view wildlife. Cellophane is useful.
    • Remember that loud voices and sounds will scare away the wildlife and ruin your experience.
    • Lights should never be trained on nesting birds; this can cause them great distress.

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

    Forest management

    Wongabel State Forest encompasses 181 hectares of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine plantations and 263 hectares of mabi forest. HQPlantations Pty Ltd is responsible for management of the area. You can contact them on 07 3882 8203.

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages and protects the walking track.

    Tourism information links

    Atherton Visitor Information Centre
    Corner Main Street and Silo Road, Atherton QLD 4883
    ph 1300 366 361
    email athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.