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About Beerburrum and Beerwah

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Getting there and getting around

View from Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

View from Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

The extensive forest areas of Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests are located on both sides of the Bruce Highway and extend north from Caboolture to Caloundra, and from Pumicestone Passage west to Woodford.

Glass House Mountains lookout, located in Beerburrum West State Forest, is a great place to visit first for an orientation to the area. From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, take the Steve Irwin Way turnoff and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains.

Coochin Creek camping area is located on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway with access off Roys Road. Traffic travelling north from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway can not turn right into Roys Road. Instead continue north to Caloundra interchange and return southbound on the Bruce Highway to the Roys Road turnoff.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilets at Coochin Creek and the Glass House Mountains lookout are wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Coochin Creek camping area is on the banks of Coochin Creek, in Beerwah State Forest. Photo: NPRSR.

Coochin Creek camping area is on the banks of Coochin Creek, in Beerwah State Forest. Photo: NPRSR.

Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests include exotic pine plantations, open eucalypt forest, rainforest and coastal wallum remnants. Short walks explore the forests and lead to spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area.

There are recreation opportunities in these parks for four-wheel-driving, trail bike riding, horse riding and mountain bike riding on established forest roads.

At Coochin Creek camping and day-use area, the mangrove-lined creek provides a great place for fishing and exploring the waterway in canoes and small boats. The creek flows into the sheltered waters fo Pumicestone passage in Moreton Bay Marine Park, an area known for its excellent boating and fishing opportunities. 

Read more about the nature, culture and history of the Glass House Mountains area.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

The camping and day-use area at Coochin Creek in Beerwah State Forest is ideal for visitors who enjoy fishing and boating. You can reach the camping area by conventional vehicle.

Facilities include picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible toilets, tent and caravan sites. A terraced area provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe near the creek access.

Pets are not permitted at the camping area.

Preferably bring a fuel stove. Open fires are only permitted in the fire rings provided. Bring your own clean milled firewood. It is illegal to collect wood from the State forest.

Use insect repellent to deter mosquitoes and leeches.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

There are also private camping areas on the Glass House Mountains Road—see the tourism information links for further information.

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

Glass House Mountains lookout track in Beerburrum West State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Glass House Mountains lookout track in Beerburrum West State Forest. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Wild Horse Mountain, paved track to the lookout from the car park. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Wild Horse Mountain, paved track to the lookout from the car park. Photo: Ross Naumann.

360 degree views from the Wild Horse Mountain lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann.

360 degree views from the Wild Horse Mountain lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Western view from Wild Horse Mountain lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Western view from Wild Horse Mountain lookout. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Great vantage points for fishing are provided at Coochin Creek camping and day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann

Great vantage points for fishing are provided at Coochin Creek camping and day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann

Picnic and day-use areas

There are picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible toilets and gas barbecues at Coochin Creek and Glass House Mountains lookout day-use areas.

Walking

Short Walks explore the forests and lead to spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area.

Key to track standards

Class 3 track (Australian Standards)
  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Track descriptions

(Numbers in brackets are map references).

(1) Glass House Mountains lookout track (Class 3)

Distance: 800 m return
Time: 45 mins

Details: The lookout is about 10 km from the Glass House Mountains township, in Beerburrum West State Forest. It offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island. A short walking track starting at the lookout leads you through open scribbly gum forest, down through a wet eucalypt forest gully and returns back to the lookout. There are picnic tables, toilets and free gas barbecues at the start of the track.

(2) Wild Horse Mountain lookout track (Class 3)

Elevation: 123 m
Distance: 1.4 km return
Time: 1 hr

Details: The Wild Horse Mountain lookout is in Beerburrum State Forest, east of the Bruce Highway. The turnoff is signed Wild Horse Mountain summit lookout exit, and Exit 171. Drive along Johnston Road to the lookout.

Named after the brumbies (feral horses living in the wild) that once lived there, Wild Horse Mountain offers a paved track to the lookout from the car park. Enjoy 360-degree views of Pumicestone Passage, coastal plains, the Glass House Mountains and pine forestry plantations from the sheltered fire tower platform. This site is managed by HQPlantations Pty Ltd.

Boating and fishing

Coochin Creek is an estuary into the Pumicestone Passage and is a great place to go boating and fishing.

During winter the passage between Bells Creek and Caloundra Bar is one of South East Queensland's principal spawning areas for yellowfin bream. Flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and mangrove jack are often caught around Bribie Island. Many people catch sand and mud crabs during the summer months.

Beside the Coochin Creek camping and day-use area a terrace onto the creek provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. It is also possible to launch a canoe near the creek access.

A public boat ramp provides deep water access to Pumicestone Passage at the end of  Roys Road, approximately 7 km east of Coochin Creek camping area.

Pumicestone Passage is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Recreational fishing activities are permitted in the marine park, except in the Tripcony Bight–Long Island and Westaways Creek marine national park zones (see Moreton Bay Marine Park zoning map (PDF, 2.7M)*). Fishing, crabbing, bait collecting and other forms of harvesting are prohibited in these zones. Important habitats including mudflats, seagrass beds, mangroves, saltmarsh and claypan communities are protected here.

Other things to do

Registered four-wheel-drive vehicles and trail bikes, horses and bicycles may be driven or ridden on roads in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests. Drivers must be fully licensed and their vehicle/s road-registered. Conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted.

For your safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing roads. Observe and comply with the instructions on all signs.

Read about the SEQ horse riding trail networks in the Caboolture, Bellthorpe, Kenilworth and Mapleton region.

All walking tracks listed above are accessible from public roads, but there are also forest roads that visitors may be permitted to use, subject to forestry operations and weather conditions. If driving on forest roads please read the following:

  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound—carry essential spares, water, tyre gauge, and air pump.
  • Please obey speed limits and road rules—the maximum speed limit on forest roads is 50 km/hr. All normal road rules apply on forest tracks and roads.
  • Watch out for the unexpected—slow down to allow time to react to changed road conditions, especially on gravel roads.
  • Be aware of logging operations—heavy machinery may be in use within forestry areas at certain times. Please obey advisory notices regarding logging operations.
  • Be aware of wet weather—please obey advisory notices regarding wet weather conditions. Access is not permitted in wet weather or where vehicle tracks sink into the road more than two centimeters.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Bring adequate drinking water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • For walking, wear suitable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt.
  • If camping at Coochin Creek, preferably bring a fuel stove. Open campfires are not permitted. Only use the fireplaces provided for wood campfires. If using wood for campfires, bring your own clean milled firewood—such as untreated mill cut-offs. It is illegal to collect wood from the State forest.

Opening hours

For your safety, walk in Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Dogs on leashes are permitted at Glass House Mountains and Wild Horse Mountain lookouts in Beerburrum State Forest.

Domestic animals are not permitted at Coochin Creek camping and day-use area.

Climate and weather

The Glass House Mountains area has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer, the average daily temperature ranges from 18 to 28 °C and in winter from 11 to 20 °C. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

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

Staying safe

  • Avoid walking during wet weather. Tracks can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Stay away from cliff edges.
  • Never walk alone—if something happens to you someone in your group can go for help.
  • Walk to your ability and fitness levels.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Carry enough drinking water, mobile phone and insect repellent.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Wear suitable shoes.
  • Plan to complete your walk before dark.
  • 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.
  • Observe and comply with all regulatory signs.

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.
  • 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 Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) manages these parks and forests 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 Information Centre
www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au 
Cnr Reed St and Bruce Parade
Glass House Mountains, Qld 4518
ph (07) 5438 7220 or 1800 644 969

Sunshine Coast Destinations Ltd 
www.scdl.com.au 

Has nine accredited Visitor Information Centres across the Sunshine Coast providing a range of local and regional tourist brochures and information, as well as a tour, attraction and accommodation booking service.
• 7 Caloundra Road, Caloundra
• 77 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
• Jessica Park, Nicklin Way, Minyama
• Settler's Rotary Park, Reed Street, Glass House Mountains
• 198 Main Road, Montville
• 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, Marcoola
 
• ph 1800 644 969 (within Australia)
• email info@scdl.com.au

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

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Last updated
7 January 2013