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About Tewantin

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Getting there and getting around

Tewantin National Park is located west of Noosa Heads and Tewantin. This park has two recreational areas—Mount Tinbeerwah and Wooroi day-use areas. Both areas are accessible along the Noosa-Cooroy Road.

Wheelchair accessibility

At Mount Tinbeerwah a sealed 130m track leads to a viewing area located part way along the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout track. This section of the track is suitable for assisted wheelchair and stroller access.

Park features

View from Mount Tinbeerwah lookout, looking towards Noosa Heads. Photo: Queensland Government.

View from Mount Tinbeerwah lookout, looking towards Noosa Heads. Photo: Queensland Government.

Tewantin National Park preserves diverse landscapes and wildlife. Rainforest, open eucalypt forest and wallum remnants between Noosa and Cooroy provide important refuge for native wildlife including echidnas, swamp wallabies and wallum froglets. Birdwatchers will hear the calls of countless species including the characteristic eastern whip bird and vulnerable glossy black cockatoo. Even if you are not lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the wildlife the range of vegetation will stimulate the senses as you explore the park.

 

 

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Tewantin National Park.

Nearby parks and forests including Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, Conondale National ParkImbil State Forest, Jimna State Forest and Bribie Island National Park and Recreation Area offer diverse opportunities for coastal and forest camping.

Things to do

The Palm Grove walk is accessed via the Wooroi day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government.

The Palm Grove walk is accessed via the Wooroi day-use area. Photo: Queensland Government.

The fire tower on Mount Tinbeerwah provides spectacular views. Photo: Queensland Government.

The fire tower on Mount Tinbeerwah provides spectacular views. Photo: Queensland Government.

View over the rockclimbing area at Mount Tinbeerwah. Photo: Queensland Government.

View over the rockclimbing area at Mount Tinbeerwah. Photo: Queensland Government.

Wooroi day-use area, Tewantin National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

Wooroi day-use area, Tewantin National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

Explore Tewantin’s forests along mountain bike trails, fire management trails and two short walking tracks. There are good opportunities for birdwatching and the park is a well-known koala habitat.

Walking

Use the walking track grades below to choose walks that suit your group’s fitness and experience. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

 Grade 3

  • Some bushwalking experience recommended.
  • Formed track, some obstacles.

 Grade 4

  • Bushwalking experience recommended.
  • Tracks may be long, rough, and very steep.
Walks
 Palm Grove walk (Grade 3)

Distance: 1km return
Time: Allow about 30mins walking time
Details: Enjoy a walk through the cabbage tree and piccabeen palm forests along Wooroi Creek.
Caution:

  • Watch out for mountain bike riders on this walk which includes some sections of shared trail. Step aside to allow them to pass.
  • Expect exposed tree roots, muddy sections and fallen palm fronds which can be slippery to walk over.
 Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout track (Grade 4)

Distance: 1km return
Time: Allow about 45mins walking time
Details: Wheelchair and pram access is possible to the first lookout point (130m) with views to the coast. Beyond the first lookout the track climbs to the fire tower lookout perched 265m above sea level.
Bring your binoculars and camera to take advantage of the spectacular panoramic 360 degree views. On a good day the volcanic plugs of the Glass House Mountains can be seen in the distance to the south.

Picnic and day-use areas

The Wooroi and Mount Tinbeerwah day-use areas can be accessed from the Noosa-Cooroy Road.

Wooroi day-use area, close to Tewantin, is the perfect place to relax in the bush and enjoy a picnic among coastal she-oak and bloodwood trees. Picnic tables and tap water are provided here.

Further towards Cooroy, turn into Tinbeerwah Road and follow the road to the Mount Tinbeerwah day-use area. A picnic table and toilets are provided here as a spot where you can relax before or after you venture to the top of Mount Tinbeerwah for the stunning views. Make sure you bring adequate drinking water when visiting Mount Tinbeerwah as there is no drinking water provided at the site.

Please do not feed wildlife in the day-use areas. Butcherbirds and noisy miner birds are particularly prone to seeking human food which is harmful to their health. It can cause overpopulation, illness and aggressive behaviour.

Bike riding

From the Wooroi day-use area, mountain bike riders can choose from ten trails that vary in length and difficulty. Trails pass through tall forests, rainforest gullies and semi-heath areas and are managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) with the assistance of the Noosa Trailblazers Mountain Bike Club.

Choose trails that suit your riding ability using the trail classification system provided. There are easy, intermediate and difficult trails.

  Easy trails: Wide trail with gentle gradient and smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills and off-road bikes.
  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.

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.

Bike riders beware—blackbutt, flooded gums and other trees often drop small branches which can get caught in bike spokes and chains. Riders should exercise caution.

Do not ride in areas closed to riding.

Mountain bike trails

Trail details  Distance Traffic flow  Classification

Trail 1
Features: Hovea trail trail.
Follows some firebreaks.

 1.3km Two-way   Easy

Trail 2
Features: Indy, Glider and Secrets trails.
Shared trail sections—go slow, give way to walkers.

 4.7km Clockwise

 Intermediate

Trail 3
Features: Indy and Glider trails.
Shared trail sections—go slow, give way to walkers.
Follows some firebreaks.

 3.5km Anticlockwise

 Intermediate

Trail 4
Features: Glossy trail.
Follows some firebreaks.
4km  Two-way  Intermediate
Trail 5
Features: Bloodwood and Glider trails.
 3km  Anticlockwise  Intermediate
Trail 6
Features: Crosscut and Milk Maid trails.
Follows some firebreaks.
 3.5km  Anticlockwise  Intermediate
Trail 7
Features: Indy, Glider, Gyndier Drive, Top Track, Milk Maid, Glossy.
Includes shared trail section—go slow, give way to near walkers.
Traverses some firebreaks and a bitumen road section.
 12km  Anticlockwise   Intermediate
Trail 8
Features: Snake trail.
600m One-way  Difficult
Trail 9
Features: Keelback trail.
800m Two-way  Difficult
Trail 10
Features: Turn 10 trail.
1.5km One-way  Difficult

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.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns and downhill to prevent collisions and minimise trail damage.
  • Keep trails in good condition by not riding during or immediately after wet weather.

Horse riding

Horse trails are dedicated along several firebreaks and internal roads throughout the park. Be aware that walkers and mountain-bike riders also use these trails.

Do not ride in areas closed to riding. Horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks and mountain bike trails.

Ride safely
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to trail conditions.
  • Slow down or stop when approaching other trail users.
  • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
  • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone. Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
  • Check weather reports and check 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, 106K)* for horseriding 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 the SEQ horse riding trail networks in this region

Abseiling and rockclimbing

Abseiling and rockclimbing is for experienced, suitably equipped people only—and those under their direct supervision. Preparation for these activities must only be conducted behind the safety fence at the vertical cliff face, adjacent to the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout track.

  • Use only the anchor points provided, including back-up anchor points. Placing bolts or fixed anchor points is prohibited.
  • Do not overload— established anchor points are designed for the weight of one person and their equipment.
  • Do not anchor to trees, fences or other structures.
  • Wear a helmet, harness and appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Use ropes and protective equipment designed for abseiling.
  • Carry emergency communication equipment and a first-aid kit.
  • Look out for climbers below.
  • Never climb alone.
  • Watch the weather—if it looks like it will rain do not attempt the climb.
  • Allow enough time to climb in daylight hours.

Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water and food for your visit.
  • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and a mobile phone.
  • 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.

Opening hours

For your safety, visit Tewantin National Park in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Large groups and commercial users will need to obtain an organised event or commercial activity permit.

Pets

Horses are permitted only along several firebreaks and internal roads. All other domestic animals are not permitted in Tewantin National Park.

Climate and weather

Tewantin National Park enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 21–29°C in summer and 10–21°C in winter.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.
  • Do not enter the forest in strong wind conditions—blackbutt, flooded gum and other trees growing here are prone to dropping branches. Strong wind increases the risk of injury.
  • Stay away from cliff edges. Obey signs and safety notices. Supervise children at all times.
  • Never walk or ride alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
  • Walk and ride to your ability and fitness levels.
  • Carry enough drinking water, mobile phone and insect repellent.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes.
  • Allow enough time to complete your visit before dark.
  • Avoid walking, mountain bike riding and horse riding during wet weather. Tracks, rocks and creek crossings can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. Start longer walks at cooler times of the day to avoid heat exhaustion on hot 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.

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. Film canisters are great for disposing of cigarette butts.
  • 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

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

Tourism information links

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
Noosa National Park Information Centre

Managed by the Noosa Parks Association
Located beside the day-use area in Noosa National Park (Park Road entrance).
Open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, seven days a week.
Phone: (07) 5447 3522

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.

Gympie Tourist Information Centre
Lake Alford information centre
24 Bruce Highway, Gympie, QLD 4570
ph 1800 444 222

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

Further information

QPWS Information Centre (Tewantin)
Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast Region

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

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Last updated
18 December 2017