Visiting Woowoonga safely
Getting there and getting around
Woowoonga National Park is about 93km from Maryborough, 104km from Bundaberg and 15km north of Biggenden.
From Biggenden: drive north along the Isis Highway for 6.5km, then turn right onto Giles Road (sealed). Drive another 2.5km then turn left at a T-intersection onto Woowoonga Hall Road. Continue for 2km then turn right into Mount Woowoonga Road. Continue for a further 3km then turn left onto Woowoonga Scenic Road. The hiking track entrance is adjacent to the North Burnett Regional Council picnic area.
To enjoy a safe visit to this area, follow these guidelines:
- Be prepared and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out.
- Do not venture into the forest if you can see a fire; or the weather is extremely hot.
- Walk at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot days. Plan to return in daylight hours.
- Avoid exploring the park during wet weather. The summit has steep ridges and rocks can be slippery.
- Never walk alone—at least one member of the group needs to be a competent map-reader and bushwalker. If something happens to you, someone in your group can go for help.
- Take care near cliff edges—they can be deceptive and are often closer than you think.
- Carry sufficient drinking water, food, a first-aid kit, torch and mobile (mobile phone coverage is variable along the track).
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
- Tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, inform them.
In an emergency
In case of accident or other emergency please:
- call Triple Zero (000)
- advise the location and nature of the emergency
- stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.
The nearest hospital is located at Biggenden. Mobile phone coverage is not reliable in Woowoonga National Park.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Before you visit
Essentials to bring
- Bring your own drinking water. Boil or use chemical tablets to treat creek or tank water before use.
- Be aware that medical help may be hours away in the event of an accident. Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit.
- Bring your own toilet paper and trowel for bush toileting.
- Reduce packaging before you leave home. Bring heavy-duty bags or containers to store your rubbish. No bins are provided in the park—take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Pack insect repellent, sunscreen and protective clothing (including hats and shoes) to avoid bites, stings and sunburn.
Woowoonga National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.
Permits and fees
A permit is not required to recreate within the park unless the activity is a commercial activity or organised event (including competitive and sporting events). All commercial activities require a permit and some organised and/or group activities require a permit
Domestic animals are not permitted in Woowoonga National Park.
Climate and weather
Woowoonga experiences temperatures that are above average. Summer days can be very warm. The summers experience an average daily temperature between 30°C -32°C, with overnight minimums averaging between 19°C -21°C. Winters are dry and moderately cool, up to 24°C in the daytime with cooler nights as low as 8°C. The maximum daily temperatures average between 21°C -23°C.
Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
The closest fuel and supplies are available from Biggenden.
For more information see the tourism information links below.
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.