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About Conondale

Getting there and getting around

A high clearance 4WD is required to access Booloumba Creek camping and day-use areas. Photo: Queensland Government.

A high clearance 4WD is required to access Booloumba Creek camping and day-use areas. Photo: Queensland Government.

Road view, Booloumba Creek Road to camping areas. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Road view, Booloumba Creek Road to camping areas. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, and take the Kenilworth exit. Follow the signs for Kenilworth, travelling along the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road for about 28km. Go through Kenilworth and continue toward Maleny. The turn-off to Sunday Creek Road is about 7km past Kenilworth and the turn-off to Booloumba Creek day-use and camping areas is a further 500m.

Alternative access is via Maleny. Go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth. On the way to Kenilworth, pass through a small town called Conondale. The turn-off to Booloumba Creek day-use and camping areas is about 13km past Conondale and the turn-off to Sunday Creek Road is a further 500m.

All park roads are gravel and at present suitable for high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Booloumba Creek Road includes several creek crossings.

Nearby Imbil State Forest offers similar creek side camping experiences at Charlie Moreland camping area and is accessible via Kenilworth and Conondale by conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles.

When driving on forest roads—expect the unexpected!

For your safety please observe the following:

  • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
  • Obey road signs—speed limits apply.
  • Slow down—allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wildlife.
  • Be courteous—pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. For photography and enjoying the scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop on the roadway.
  • Watch out for corners—stay on your side of the road. Avoid sudden slowing as the vehicle may slide.
  • Take extra care on steep and wet roads—shift down a gear.
  • When creek water is across the road, check water depth and road surface before crossing. Water usually covers the Booloumba Creek crossings.
  • Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings. If it’s flooded, forget it! Wait it out. Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property. Even in a small amount of water the current can pick up your car and sweep you away.

Always check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling.

Wheelchair accessibility

At Booloumba Creek 1 and 3 camping areas some wheelchair-accessible toilets are provided—assistance may be required to negotiate grass and gravel areas.

Park features

Artists cascades on the Conondale Range Great Walk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Artists cascades on the Conondale Range Great Walk. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

In the rugged Conondale Range, this park features luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery.

The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. Some rare and threatened species are found in the Conondale and Blackall ranges, including the cascade treefrog and plumed frogmouth.

The 56km Conondale Range Great Walk showcases the very best of Conondale National Park's natural features. A sculpture by internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy is within a half day walk on this track and compliments the stunning beauty of its environment.

Mount Allan fire tower, at 9.6m high, provides a panoramic view of the rugged mountain ranges, and interpretive signs give an insight into past forestry fire and plantation management.

At the junction of Peters and Booloumba Creeks, scenic Booloumba Gorge features a lookout over cascades, falls, rock pools and The Breadknife rock formation.

Camping and accommodation

Lace monitors and other wildlife forage around the camping areas. Pack strong containers for storing food and rubbish. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Lace monitors and other wildlife forage around the camping areas. Pack strong containers for storing food and rubbish. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Camping

The Booloumba Creek Road access to camping areas includes creek crossings that are accessible by high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

There are three camping areas at Booloumba Creek—camping areas 1 and 3 are suitable for people camping in tents only; camping area 4 is suitable for camping in high clearance four-wheel-drive campervans, caravans and camper trailers.

Nearby Imbil State Forest’s Charlie Moreland camping area, on Sunday Creek Road, is accessible by conventional two-wheel-drive vehicles.

Camping permits for all camp sites must be booked in advance.

Other accommodation

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

Things to do

Booloumba Falls walking track. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Booloumba Falls walking track. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Creek cascades are a feature on the walk to Boolumba Falls. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Creek cascades are a feature on the walk to Boolumba Falls. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Creek view from Peters Creek walk. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

Creek view from Peters Creek walk. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS volunteer.

A strangler fig grows as part of a feature on the artwork sculpture, the Strangler Cairn. The walking track to Artists cascades goes past the sculpture. Photo: Omar Bakhach, Queensland Government.

A strangler fig grows as part of a feature on the artwork sculpture, the Strangler Cairn. The walking track to Artists cascades goes past the sculpture. Photo: Omar Bakhach, Queensland Government.

Mount Allan fire tower provides expansive 360 degree views. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Mount Allan fire tower provides expansive 360 degree views. Photo: Robert Ashdown, Queensland Government.

Nature-based recreation opportunities are available in this area for:

Walking

Several walking tracks let you explore diverse forests, observe inquisitive wildlife and view cascading creeks and waterholes. The walks range from a short stroll to Booloumba Falls to the challenging 56km Conondale Range Great Walk.

Key to track standards

Use the walking track grade listed with each walking track description to choose walks suitable for your group's ability and fitness level.

 Grade 3 track
  • Formed track, some obstacles.
  • May have short steep hills and many steps.
  • Some experience recommended.
 Grade 4 track
  • Rough track.
  • May be long and very steep with few directional signs.
  • For experienced bushwalkers.

Walk details

 Peters Creek walk (Grade 3)

Distance: 500m return
Time: Allow 15mins

Details: Walk through open forest and rainforest to a picturesque boulder-strewn creek with rock pools and cascades.

 Booloumba Falls walk (Grade 3)

Distance: 3km return
Time: Allow 2hrs

Details: Walk through tall open forest and discover this scenic creek's cascades, waterfalls and rock pools. At the junction of Peters Creek and Booloumba Creek view The Breadknife rock formation.

 Gold Mine walk (Grade 3)

Distance: 5.2km return from day-use area
Time: Allow 2hr 30mins

Details: This walk through riparian rainforest has scenic views of Booloumba Creek and leads to an old gold mine from the 1920s.The remaining entrance can still be viewed but the mine is closed for public safety. Eastern horseshoe bats and common bentwing bats live in the mine.

 Strangler Cairn © (Grade 3)

Distance: 6.5km return
Time: Allow 2hr 30mins

Details: Beginning in the Booloumba Creek day-use area, this walk along the Conondale Range Great Walk track leads to an impressive 3.7m high Strangler Cairn © sculpture by artist Andy Goldsworthy. It is made from many hand-cut granite and metamorphic blocks and includes a rainforest strangler fig sapling that is growing from the top of it. The artist’s intention being that over time the fig’s roots will grow to eventually cover and ‘strangle’ the cairn. Goldsworthy is internationally known for creating ephemeral works in natural environments around the world.

Please do not climb on, damage or remove any part of the sculpture.

 Artists Cascades (Grade 4)

Distance: 10.6km return
Time: Allow 4hrs

Details: Walk through dense subtropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest along the Booloumba Creek Gorge to Artists Cascades. A short side track leads to an impressive 3.7m high Strangler Cairn© sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy, an internationally renowned artist.

 Booloumba Creek to Mount Allan (Grade 4)

Distance: 11km return
Time: Allow 3hr 30mins

Details: Walk from Booloumba Creek day-use area to Mount Allan where you can climb the stairs of the 9.6m tall fire tower for splendid 360 degree views of the Mary Valley and surrounding Conondale Ranges.

 Mount Allan to Charlie Moreland camping area, Imbil State Forest (Grade 4)

Distance: 8.8km return
Time: Allow 4hrs

Details: This walk follows steep State Forest roads through pine plantation from Mount Allan to Charlie Moreland camping area.

This walking track is sometimes closed due to forestry operations—before you go, check park alerts for current access, closures and conditions.

 Conondale Range Great Walk

Distance: 56km circuit

Details: A range of walking experiences are offered within this Great Walk—from short strolls to the challenging four day, 56km, full circuit walk. Whichever you choose, the Conondale Range Great Walk offers an adventure to remember! Find out more about the Conondale Range Great Walk.

Driving

Registered four-wheel-drive high clearance vehicles may be driven on roads in these forests. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, a competitive event or an organised event.

Conditionally-registered vehicles are not permitted. The driver must hold a valid licence to operate the vehicle.

Day-use areas

Picnic facilities, including barbeques, picnic tables and toilets, are provided at Booloumba Creek day-use area beside the creek. Bring your own drinking water and fuel stove or clean, milled firewood for cooking.

Mountain bike riding

Mountain bike riding is permitted on vehicle tracks within the national park unless otherwise signed.

Mountain bike riding is not permitted on walking tracks and beyond locked gates.

Ride safely:
  • Wear the right safety gear and be realistic about your abilities.
  • Be aware of other riders, walkers, horses, cattle, vehicles and logging trucks, and give way where you should.
  • Before you head off, check if any park alerts affect the park you intend to visit.
Ride responsibly:
  • Slow down when you encounter horse riders and walkers on shared trails. Give way to horse riders.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and down slopes-this causes collisions with others and damages the trail. Stay on the marked trails and roads.
  • Keep trails in good condition and stop erosion by not riding during or straight after rain.
  • Obey all closure, access and safety information and signs.

Horse riding

Horse riding is only permitted on the SEQ horse trail network.

Nearby in Imbil State Forest horses are also permitted on state forest roads and overnight in the horse paddock adjoining Charlie Moreland camping area.

Horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks.

Ride safely
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users. Follow the give-way code.
  • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
  • Do not ride in areas closed to riding.
  • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone. Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
  • Check weather and if any closures are current before heading out on your ride. See park alerts.
Help protect the park environment by adopting a minimal impact approach to riding.
  • Stay on marked trails—riding over vegetation, taking shortcuts and forming new trails damages plants and wildlife habitat.
  • Keep tracks in good condition and limit erosion by not riding during or immediately after wet weather conditions.
  • Please help to limit the spread of weeds by:
    • Ensuring your clothes, shoes, bike, horses’ coats, hooves, equipment and floats are clean and free of seeds before park visits.
    • Providing weed-free, good quality, processed feed to horses at least 48 hours before entering a forest reserve or protected area.
    • Avoid riding through patches of weeds especially if they are seeding.
  • Only cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail.
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
  • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
  • Follow the code of conduct (PDF, 100K) for horse riding through parks and forests—a set of guidelines for horse riders to follow to minimise their impact on park environments, and ensure they are meeting the legislative requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Forestry Act 1959.

Read about Horse riding in forest areas and the SEQ horse trail network in this region.

Things to know before you go

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

Essentials to bring:

  • Carry enough food, water, equipment and other supplies for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, hat and raincoat.
  • Bring suitable clothing. Temperatures in the area soar above 30°C in summer and drop below 0°C in winter. Nights can be cool at any time of the year.
  • Bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided. Remove excess packaging when you pack for your trip.
  • Preferably bring and use fuel or gas stoves. If you do wish to use the barbecues provided, bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the park.

Drinking water

Treat all water collected from the park before drinking. Tap water is pumped from the creek and may contain organisms that can cause illness.

Opening hours

The park is open 24hrs every day. Walking tracks, roads and camping areas within the park may be closed during fires, adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or safety reasons. Before you go, check park alerts for current access, closures and conditions.

Permits and fees

You will need a camping permit if you wish to camp in forests or parks. Fees apply.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted with the exception of horses, which may be ridden on the Horse Trail Network only.

Climate and weather

Temperatures in the area exceed 30°C in summer and drop below 0°C in winter. Nights can be cool at any time of the year. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Kenilworth, Conondale, Maleny and Kilcoy. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Stay on track—tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Wear sturdy shoes. Carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.

Supervise children—natural areas have hazards with which children are unfamiliar: creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and defensive wildlife.

Human food is not for wildlife—it can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.

Water hazards—never dive into creeks or rock pools, as they contain submerged rocks and logs. Water depth is unpredictable. Rock surfaces can be slippery.

Carry a first-aid kit—use repellent on exposed skin and shoes to discourage mosquitoes, leeches and ticks. Remove ticks immediately.

Treat all water—boil water for approximately three minutes to kill most pathogens or use water treatment tablets. Tap water is pumped from the creek and may contain organisms that can cause illness.

Take care with fire—use constructed fireplaces or fire rings and make sure the fire is out before you leave. Preferably bring a fuel stove.

Follow the give-way code—cyclists and walkers give way to horses.

For all emergencies phone Triple Zero (000). Be aware that mobile phone reception is poor in these areas. Public phones are located at Booloumba Creek camping area 1 and on Sunday Creek Road in front of the QPWS Kenilworth office.

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

Looking after the park

Help protect our natural resources by practising minimal impact recreation. 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.

Creeks near camping and picnic areas feed into to the Mary River and on to domestic water supplies for Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Maryborough. Please keep them clean.

See Caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

For more about Managing parks and forests.

Tourism information links

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

Kenilworth Information Centre
9 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth Q 4574
ph (07) 5446 0122
email

Kilcoy Information Centre
41 Hope Street, Yowie Park, Kilcoy QLD 4515
ph (07) 5422 0440
email

Maleny Visitor Information Centre
www.hinterlandtourism.com.au
23 Maple St, Maleny QLD 4552
ph (07) 5499 9033
fax (07) 5499 9033
email

Visit Sunshine Coast
www.visitsunshinecoast.com
ph 1300 847 481 (within Australia)
email

  • Bulcock Street Visitor Information Centre, 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.
  • Caloundra Road Visitor Information Centre, 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra.
  • Coolum Visitor Information Centre, Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum Beach.
  • Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre, Bruce Parade, corner of Reed Street, Settler's Rotary Park, Glass House Mountains.
  • Maroochydore Visitor Information Centre, Melrose Parade, corner of Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore.
  • Montville Visitor Information Centre, 198 Main Street, Montville.
  • Mooloolaba Visitor Information Centre, Brisbane Road, corner of First Avenue, Mooloolaba.
  • Sunshine Coast Airport Visitor Information Centre, Friendship Drive, Mudjimba.

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

Further information

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Last updated
17 October 2017