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About Woowoonga

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Getting there and getting around

Woowoonga is about 90 minutes' drive from Maryborough, 60 minutes' drive from Bundaberg and 14 km north of Biggenden. Turn off the Childers Road into Giles Road 6.5 km north of Biggenden. Drive 2.5 km then turn left into Woowoonga Hall Road. Continue for 2 km then turn right into Mount Woowoonga Road and continue 3 km to the picnic area.

Park features

Woowoonga National Park protects 2546 ha of rugged and densely forested country along the Woowoonga Range. Hike through the vine thicket and open forest to Mount Woowoonga (620 m) for spectacular views over the Biggenden and Maryborough area.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

There are no camping areas within Woowoonga National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in nearby Biggenden and other surrounding towns.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Walking

Bushwalking can be enjoyed at Mount Woowoonga but it is a challenging landscape and is only recommended for the fit and experienced hiker.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards.

Class 4 track
  • Distinct track usually with steep exposed inclines or many steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Moderate level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Summit of Mount Woowoonga Class 4

Distance: 3.6 km return
Time: Allow 4 hours walking time

Section 1: Start to rest area
Distance: 800 m one way
Time: Allow 1 hr return

Details: Start your walk near the picnic area and ensure you remain on the track at all times. This walk weaves you through thick vine forest where you can see the tracks from wallabies, bandicoots and brush-turkeys that have criss-crossed the track to venture through the forest. You arrive at a comfortable seat where you can take a break, surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the mountain.

This walk is rated as moderate to strenuous. Turn back at this point if you are having any difficulty. The track from here to the summit is a continuous, steep climb.

Section 2: Rest area to summit
Distance: 1 km one way
Time: Allow 1.5 hrs return

Details: A high level of fitness is required to walk the final section to the summit as it is a steep and strenuous climb suitable for experienced bushwalkers only.

From the rest area, the track climbs through hoop pine rainforest. Look for cycads towards the summit before the forest opens up with New England blackbutt (Eucalyptus andrewsii ssp. Cam panulata), uncommon in this region, standing among granite boulders at the peak.

From the summit look east across the Seaview Range to Maryborough and, on a clear day, Fraser Island. Biggenden can be seen to the south-west and Childers to the north-east. The massive granite outcrop of Mount Walsh is visible as you descend.

Note: There are no facilities along this track.

Picnic and day-use area

Have a picnic or barbecue beside a rocky creek in the forest. A sheltered picnic table, tank water and a wood barbecue are provided.

Go birdwatching. See flocks of red-tailed black-cockatoos in summer.

Things to know before you go

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.
  • 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.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife. A torch, preferably with a red filter to protect animals' eyes, is useful for spotlighting at night.

Opening hours

Woowoonga National Park is open 24 hours a day. For your safety, walk in daylight hours only.

Pets

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 Biggeden and other towns in the region.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

To enjoy a safe visit to this area, follow these guidelines:

  • Be prepared and judge your ability and conditions carefully before setting out.
  • Avoid walking during the hottest part of the day—start your walk early and return before dark.
  • Avoid walking during wet weather. The summit has steep ridges and rocks can be slippery.
  • Stay together and keep to the walking track. Supervise children closely.
  • Take care near cliff edges—they can be deceptive and are often closer than you think.
  • Carry adequate drinking water, food, a first-aid kit, torch and mobile (mobile phone coverage is variable along the track).
  • Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid bites, scratches, stings and sunburn.
  • Ensure a responsible person is aware of your bushwalking plans and when you expect to return.

In an emergency

In case of accident or other emergency please:

  • call 000 or
  • if you have difficulty connecting to 000 from your mobile phone: try 112
  • advise the location and nature of the emergency
  • stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

You can help protect the natural environment and help ensure the survival of native plants and animals living here, by following these guidelines.

  • Everything within national parks and forests is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on the track. Do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.
  • Obey signs and safety notices.

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

Park management

Gazetted in 2006 as a national park, Woowoonga was previously managed as a state forest. The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) manages these parks and forests under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

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

Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism Centre
Bundaberg West Information Centre
www.bundabergregion.org 

Childers Information Centre
www.childersqldbusiness.com.au

  • Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
    Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm
  • Palace Memorial Building
  • 72 Churchill Street, Childers QLD 4660
  • ph. 07 4126 3886
  • fax 4126 2837

Gayndah Museum and Information Centre
www.gayndahmuseum.com.au

Further information

QPWS Information Centre (Tewantin)

Sunshine and Fraser Coast Region

  • Open 7 days 8am–4pm except Christmas Day
  • 240 Moorindil Street, Tewantin, QLD 4565
  • ph: 13 QGOV (13 74 68).  Mobile charges may apply.

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Last updated
11 April 2013