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Getting there and getting around

Access the main entrance at Radar Hill by taking the Parklands exit off the Bruce Highway about 4km north of Nambour or 5km south of Yandina.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in the park.

Park features

Open forest on the Komine circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Open forest on the Komine circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Parklands Conservation Park is a valuable wildlife habitat with vegetation ranging from eucalypt forests of bloodwood and tallowwood trees (with banksia, wattle and grass tree understorey), to rainforest gullies with flooded gum, turpentine and, in protected wetter areas, groves of palms.

On dry rocky ridges clothed in casuarinas, views to the coast can be glimpsed through gaps in the trees.

A number of creeks lead to rock pools and cascades, which flow after heavy rainfall.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Parklands Conservation Park. Reserves with camping areas nearby include Conondale National Park, Beerwah State Forest, and Mapleton National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, including private camping areas—see the tourism information links below for further information.

Things to do

Forest on the Rocky Creek circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Forest on the Rocky Creek circuit, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

In Parklands Conservation Park, banksias are common in the open forest understory. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

In Parklands Conservation Park, banksias are common in the open forest understory. Photo Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Walkers, runners, horse riders and mountain bike riders can explore the park on shared trails. Another twelve trails are provided specifically for mountain bike riders.

Mountain bikers should be aware that trails are suitable for bicycles designed for off-road riding. They are not suitable for bicycles designed for smooth road surfaces.

Shared trails—walking, running, horse riding and mountain biking

15km of shared trails are provided for walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horse riders.

Be aware that the trails cross a number of creeks and lead to rock pools and cascades, which flow after heavy rainfall. There are steep sections; walkers should have high fitness levels.

Trail give way code:

  • Travel in a clockwise direction.
  • walkers give way to horse riders
  • Mountain bikers give way to both walkers and horse riders.

Coobong Circuit—5.2km return. Sections with steep extremely steep grades (<15%)

Travel through open eucalypt forest where bloodwood and tallowwood trees are common and banksias, wattles, grass trees and hopbush grow in the forest understorey.

In more protected, wetter areas the forest features flooded gum, turpentine, cabbage tree palm, piccabeen palm and some rainforest plants.

You will cross two small creeks and pass apiary bee hives on this circuit.

Rocky Creek Circuit—5.4km return. Sections with steep grades, creek crossings, slippery when wet

A grassy forest floor, with trees including tallowwood, bloodwood and casuarina on the high ridges, is characteristic of this track. In the lower areas scribbly gum, bracken fern and palm groves grow in protected gullies where the soil retains more moisture.

Lemon Tree Circuit—7.8km return. Sections with steep grades, creek crossings, slippery when wet

Similar to the Rocky Creek Circuit, this track includes dry, rocky ridges with views to the coast. Some sections are more exposed, making the dry open forest a hotter area through which to travel, especially during the warmer summer months.

Komine Circuit—11km return. Section with extremely steep grades (<15%) that require riders to dismount

Cooler winter months are the best time to explore this circuit. It winds through open scribbly gum forest and includes large sections of track with little shade.

Mountain bike trails

Mountain bike riders can choose from multiple trails that vary in length and difficulty—intermediate and difficult trails. Tracks pass through tall eucalypt forests, past rocky platforms, steep gorges and trickling creeks.

Trails are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and maintained with the assistance of Sunshine Coast trail Alliance and incorporated volunteers.

  • Some trails are to be ridden in one direction for safety—check the direction of each trail on the map before commencing your ride.
  • Watch out for other users and wildlife.
  • Make sure your bike is suitable—trails are designed for mountain bikes, not road bikes.

Choose trails that suit your ability. Trails are classified according to difficulty using these standards:

Classification Description
  Intermediate trails: Narrow trails with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bike riders with mountain bikes.
  Difficult trails: For experienced mountain bike riders. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.
Trail details  Distance  Time Traffic flow  Classification
Trail 3  570m  5mins Best direction: either direction.  

Trail 4

Features: Road rage trail

 6km  1hr Best direction: clockwise  

Trail 5

Features: Rock’n’Roll, Lower NZ and Ho Chi Hoe trails.

 5.9km  1hr Best direction: clockwise  

Trail 6

Features:  Phoenix, Rock-a-dial and Upper NZ trails.

 5km  1hr

Best direction: anti-clockwise.

 

Trail 7

Features: Red dog and Roo valley trails.

 2.4km  30mins Best direction: either direction.  

Trail 8

Features: Meadows trail.

 1.4km  15mins Best direction: clockwise  

Trail 9

Features: Handlebar trail.

 2.1km  30mins Best direction: clockwise   

Trail 10

Features: T track trail.

 700m  10mins One way trail: downhill only.  

Trail 11

An area for highly experienced riders to test their skills.

 320m  5mins Best direction: either direction.  

Trail 12

An area for highly experienced riders to test their skills.

 530m  5mins Best direction: either direction.  
Ride responsibly
  • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
  • Ride according to trail conditions.
  • Slow down and warn other riders when approaching. Follow the give-way code.
  • Bike riders: avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
  • Horse riders: rest horses for short periods only to minimise soil erosion and compaction. Do not allow horses to graze on park vegetation.
  • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.
     

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • Wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Cyclists and horse riders should wear a helmet.
  • Bring a camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife.
  • Mountain bikers should carry a basic repairs kit.

Opening hours

For your safety, visit Parklands Conservation Park in daylight hours only.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in this park with the exception of horses that are permitted on recreational trails as indicated on the park map (PDF, 150K).

Climate and weather

The average daily temperature range is 18–28 °C in summer and 11–20 °C in winter. In summer temperatures can exceed 30 °C.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

The nearest fuel and supplies are available in Nambour, a short drive from the park. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Rocky Creek, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Rocky Creek, Parklands Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

  • Plan ahead—let a responsible person know of your itinerary, and emergency plan if things go wrong.
  • Carry enough drinking water, a snack and mobile phone.
  • Obey all safety and warning signs.
  • Do not walk or ride alone.
  • Explore in daylight hours only.
  • Wear adequate sun and insect protection.
  • Never enter the park if you see smoke in the forest; bushfires can spread quickly.

Ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
  • Only ride on trails that suit your riding abilities. Pay attention to trail grades and safety signs.
  • Ride according to trail conditions.
  • Watch out for other trail users, fallen trees and wildlife.
  • Slow down and warn other riders when approaching.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions.

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

Looking after the park

Tall eucalypts grow in Parklands Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Tall eucalypts grow in Parklands Conservation Park. Photo: Ross Naumann, QPWS Volunteer.

Parklands Conservation Park protects natural bushland that provides an important refuge for wildlife in an increasingly urbanised environment. Help protect valuable wildlife habitat:

  • Respect areas closed and stay on designated open trails to avoid damaging vegetation.
  • Obey the rules put in place to protect the park; note that camping, fires, domestic animals, motorbikes and vehicles are not permitted in the park.
  • Take your rubbish with you.
  • 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.
    • Avoid walking and riding through patches of weeds especially if they are seeding.
    • Horse riders—provide horses with weed-free, good quality, processed feed for at least 48 hours before entering the park.
  • Do not feed wildlife—animals become reliant on hand-outs or food scraps, can get sick and often become aggressive towards humans.
  • Horse riders—rest horses for short periods only to minimise soil erosion and compaction. Do not allow horses to graze on park vegetation.
  • Riders: Keep tracks in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.
  • Remember everything is protected—do not take or disturb plants and animals.

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

Park management

Parklands Conservation Park was gazetted as a forest reserve in 2001 and became a conservation park in 2006. Parklands Conservation Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to preserve and present its natural and cultural values in perpetuity.

Tourism information links

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

Visit Sunshine Coast information centres
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.

Visit Noosa information centres
www.visitnoosa.com.au
ph (07) 5430 5000 or 1300 066 672
email

  • Noosa Visitor Information Centre, 61 Hastings Street (opposite the roundabout), Noosa Heads Qld 4567
  • Noosa Marina Information Centre, 2 Parkyn Court, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
  • Parkyn's Hut Information Centre, Poinciana Ave, Tewantin Qld 4565

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

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Last updated
26 October 2017