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About Bellthorpe

Getting there and getting around

Branch Creek. Photo: NPSR.

Branch Creek. Photo: NPSR.

From Brisbane, head north to Caboolture then follow the D’Aguliar Highway west through Woodford and take the Stony Creek Road exit approximately 5 km out of Woodford. Follow the signs to Stony Creek day-use area. This is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area.

Wheelchair accessibility

Picnic tables and the toilets at Stony Creek day-use area are wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Bellthorpe National Park lies at the southern end of the Conondale Range. The terrain is quite rugged with open eucalypt forest, rainforest, waterfalls and cascades along picturesque Stony Creek. Visitors can use forest tracks for walking but you need to be well prepared, self-sufficient and be aware that mobile phone reception does not work in this area. Horse riding, mountain biking and four-wheel-driving are other popular activities that can be undertaken within this national park.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted in Bellthorpe National Park

Nearby parks and forests including Imbil State Forest, Beerburrum State Forest, Conondale National Park, D’Aguilar National Park and Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area offer diverse opportunities for coastal and forest camping.

Other accommodation

A range of holiday accommodation is available in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Stony Creek picnic area, Bellthorpe National Park. Photo: NPSR.

Stony Creek picnic area, Bellthorpe National Park. Photo: NPSR.

The log handling Gantry when it was still standing on the site of old Brandon's Mill. The Gantry was used for loading milled timber onto transport trucks. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

The log handling Gantry when it was still standing on the site of old Brandon's Mill. The Gantry was used for loading milled timber onto transport trucks. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

In 2010 the Gantry was placed on a timber plinth for display and preservation purposes after collapsing during a storm. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

In 2010 the Gantry was placed on a timber plinth for display and preservation purposes after collapsing during a storm. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

Crane pivot used to drag timber to the frame saw to be cut during the mill's operation. The frame saw was originally under cover in the main saw mill structure. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

Crane pivot used to drag timber to the frame saw to be cut during the mill's operation. The frame saw was originally under cover in the main saw mill structure. Photo: Mark Lythall, NPSR.

Bellthorpe National Park offers numerous opportunities for the visitor to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds.

Day-use area

A beautiful place to stop and picnic is the Stony Creek picnic area in Bellthorpe National Park. You'll find a rugged landscape containing open forest and rainforest with many small waterfalls, creek cascades and a rock pool. For your safety, please do not jump or dive into the creek.

There are toilets, picnic tables and wood barbecues. Bring your own clean milled firewood. It is illegal to collect wood from the park.

Horse riding and mountain biking

Horse riding is permitted on the SEQ horse riding trail network only. Pictograms are placed on most intersections giving guidance on level of difficulty and permitted uses.

Mountain bike touring is permitted on the on the SEQ horse riding trail network and on vehicle tracks unless otherwise signed.

For both horse riding and mountain bike touring a special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, or an organised event.

Read and view maps about the SEQ horse riding trail networks in this region.


There are no dedicated walking trails in the Bellthorpe area. Bushwalkers and birdwatchers can use the SEQ horseriding trail network or stop at numerous creek crossings to explore and admire the scenery of this remote area. Be aware, the creek lines contain large boulders that can be wet and slippery and considerable care needs to be taken to avoid injury if traversing these features.

When using these tracks:

  • walkers give way to horse riders
  • bike riders give way to both walkers and horse riders


All users of national park and state forest roads must comply with regulatory signs. Access is restricted to designated, formed roads.

If driving on forest roads please read the following:

  • All vehicles must be road registered and operated by licenced rider/driver.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound—carry essential spares, water, tyre gauge, and air pump.
  • Slow Down. Allow time to react to unexpected situations and chaned conditions. You may encounter other drivers, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cattle and wildlife.
  • Be courteous. Pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. Do not stop in the middle of the roadway — for photography and enjoying the scenery. Find a safe place to pull over or turn around.
  • Watch out for corners and steep slopes. Drive carefully around corners, especially after rain. Stay on your side of the road and avoid sudden slowing. Shift down a gear when roads are steep.
  • All road rules apply. Obey speed limits. Always wear a seat belt. Never carry passengers outside of the vehicle.
  • Avoid using forest roads during and immediately after wet weather to reduce damage to road surfaces and for your own safety. Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks.
  • Be aware of logging operations—heavy machinery may be in use within Access is not permitted on all the fire trails. Please adhere to advisory notices and signage.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone (reception poor).
  • For walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • No bins are provided. Bring rubbish bags to remove your rubbish and recyclables from the park.

Opening hours

For your safety, walk in Bellthorpe National Park in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Permits are required for commercial and organised events.

Contact us for further information.


Domestic animals are not permitted in Bellthorpe National Park.

Climate and weather

The Bellthorpe area has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 18 °C to 28 °C in summer and 11 °C to 20 °C in winter.

For more information see the Bureau of Meteorology website and tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Woodford, Kilcoy and other towns in the region. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • Sheer cliffs and slippery rocks can be hazardous. Always supervise children, keep to the walking tracks, stay behind safety fences and follow all warning signs to avoid tragedy.
  • Stay on track. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you should return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.
  • Supervise children. Natural areas have hazards that children are unfamiliar with, including creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and wildlife.
  • Water hazards—never dive into creeks or rock pools. They contain submerged rocks and logs. Water depth is variable and unpredictable. Rock surfaces can be slippery.
  • Carry a first-aid kit—and know how to use it. Use repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks. Remove ticks immediately.
  • Carry fresh water. Drinking water is not provided. Creek water is unsuitable for drinking as it may contain organisms that can cause illness.
  • Human food is not for wildlife—it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.
  • Check Park alerts for current warnings or closures. Closures can occur during severe wet weather, during high winds and for fire management. For your safety, do not enter the park when closure signs are displayed.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks. If you are caught out on the tracks when creek crossings flood, wait until the water no longer covers the track. Water rises and falls in a short period of time.
  • For all emergencies call 000. Mobile phone reception is poor in these areas. If you have difficulty connecting to 000 from your mobile phone, try dialling 112.

For more information about staying safe while visiting national parks, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Help protect natural resources by being a minimal impact visitor.

  • Everything within national parks and forests is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
  • Take all your rubbish out of the park. Remove excess food packaging at home before your visit to the forest, and pack strong sealable bags or containers to store food and rubbish.
  • Keep creeks clean—they provide valuable habitat for wildlife including rare frogs.
  • Leave your domestic animals at home. They are not allowed in Bellthorpe National Park. Domestic animals can distress or kill native animals that live here.

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

Park management

National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Tourism information links

For more information about activities, tours and accommodation in this region, contact:

Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre
Cnr Reed St and Bruce Parade
Glass House Mountains, Qld 4518
Phone (07) 5438 7220

Visit Sunshine Coast
ph 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
Visit Sunshine Coast manages accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Sunshine Coast that provide a range of local and regional tourist brochures and information, as well as a tour, attraction and accommodation booking service.

  • 198 Main Road, Montville
  • Settler's Rotary Park, Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Glass House Mountains
  • 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra
  • 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
  • Cnr Melrose Parade and Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree (Maroochydore)
  • Cnr First Ave and Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba
  • Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach
  • Arrivals Terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport, Friendship Drive, Mudjimba

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

Further information

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Last updated
17 November 2017