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To discover Queensland’s Nature Playground – simply visit Mary Valley Country – just two hours from Brisbane and 45 minutes from the Sunshine Coast

The Mary Valley is well knows for its abundance of National Parks and State Forests which provide the perfect playground for walking, hiking, horse riding, cycling, and biking. We have listed many National Parks and Forest walks below – and encourage you to search for more and share your experiences. Please use these links to these detailed QLD Government Parks an Forests information.

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NATIONAL PARKS & STATE FORESTS

The Mary Valley is home to National Parks and State Forests.  These can be explored, by car, bike or on foot or horseback.

Check the details of each park below for more information.

AMAMOOR STATE FOREST

In this forest you will find dry forests, riverine rainforests as well as hoop and bunya pine plantations.  The Gympie Muster site is in the heart of the forest.  On your drive there, you will pass Amarma day-use area which is perfect for day visitor picnics and is at the start of a number of walks. Then Ceder Grove camping area which also has a number of walks and near to the muster site you will reach Amamoor Creek camping area where you can walks to the and cool off in the warmer months.

Amamoor features dry eucalypt forests with riparian rainforests fringing Amamoor Creek. All three recreational areas are located beside the picturesque creek.

The creek provides important habitat for many animals including platypus, which are active during dusk and dawn busily forage for food, and several rare and endangered frogs. There are excellent locations along the creek to birdwatch and, if you’re lucky, spot platypus swimming in the creek.

The surrounding state forest produces some of the best plantation hoop pine in Queensland.

Location – About 180km north of Brisbane, inland from the Sunshine Coast, along the Amamoor Creek Road.

Camping Grounds

  • Amamoor Creek Camping Area
  • Cedar Grove Camping Area

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CONONDALE NATIONAL PARK

In the rugged Conondale Range are some of Queensland’s most popular and picturesque forests. Luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forest, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery make this area well worth a visit.

This diverse 35,700ha park provides critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including a significant number of rare and threatened plants and animals. A large number of plant species that occur here are at the limit of their distribution.

This park offers walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy campsites near rainforests and mountain streams. Popular Booloumba Creek camping areas are located beside a scenic rainforest lined creek.

The Conondale Range Great Walk showcases the very best of Conondale National Park. Ancient rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, tall open forest, and expansive views are just some of the spectacular features of this walk. Visitors can take short strolls or complete the full four-day 56km circuit walk.

Location – 15km south of Kenilworth township, and about one hour west of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. 130km north of Brisbane

Camping Grounds

  • Booloumba Creek 1 Camping Area
  • Booloumba Creek 3 Camping Area
  • Booloumba Creek 4 Camping Area

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IMBIL STATE FOREST

Magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views walking tracks, scenic drives and grassy campsites near rainforests and mountain streams feature in the Imbil State Forest. Adjoining Conondale National Park, this area provides easy access to the features of both Imbil State Forest and Conondale National Park.

The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened and seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest

An easily accessible walk which is suitable for wheelchairs is Fig Tree Walk – a 1.4km track with some magnificent Morteon Bay Figs. The start of the circular walk is near the Yabba Creek Rest Area (where Booloumba Creek joins the Mary River) approximately 4km south of Kenilworth along the Maleny-Kenilworth Road.

There are camping areas and mountain creeks. Popular with four-wheel drive enthusiasts, this forest is big enough for everyone.  

Location – About 150km north of Brisbane, inland from the Sunshine Coast

Camping Grounds

  • Charlie Moreland Camping Area
  • Charlie Moreland Day Use Area

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WALKING TRACKS & TRAILS

Mary Valley Country is extremely popular as a destination for serious hikers as well as pleasure walkers. Below is a taste of most of the recognised walks and some links to bushwalking or hiking organisations that provide more information on Mary Valley tracks and trails.

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LITTLE YABBA CIRCUIT

Charlie Moreland Day-Use Area

1.8km return (allow 45 minutes) Grade 3

PICCABEEN CIRCUIT

Charlie Moreland Day-Use Area

3.5km return  (allow 2 hours) Grade 3

MT ALLAN SHARED TRAIL

Charlie Moreland Day-Use Area

8.8km return (Allow 4hrs walking time) Grade 4

CONONDALE GREAT WALK

Bolumba Creek Day-Use-Area

56km – 3 day walk – Grade 4 walk

 

FIG TREE WALK

Little Yabba Creek

780m (allog 45 minutes) Grade 1

 

AMAMOOR CREEK HIKING TRAIL

Amamoor Creek Camping Area

2.5km circuit  (Allow 2 hr 30min)   Grade  4 walking track

AMAMA WALK

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Amama Day-Use Area

1.5km circuit (allow 40 mins) Grade 4 walking track

 

CEDAR GROVE HIKING TRAIL

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Cedar Grove – Amamoor State Forest

4.6km circuit (allow 4 hours)   Grade 4 walking track

CEDAR GROVE RAINFOREST WALK

Cedar Grove – Amamaoor State Forest

1km Circuit (allow 30 minutes) Grade 3 track

MARY VALLEY RAIL TRAIL

Imbil to Brooloo and return – 4.5km one-way 

 

OLLY DWYER TIMBERMAN’S WALK

Short Stroll in Imbil Village

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