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Getting there and getting around

Palm Beach Road north of the Kinkuna camping area. Four-wheel-drive is essential for accessing camping areas. Photo: Ross Naumann

Palm Beach Road north of the Kinkuna camping area. Four-wheel-drive is essential for accessing camping areas. Photo: Ross Naumann

Close to the Burrum Point camping area, Burrum River tidal areas are great places to explore. Both Burrum and Gregory Rivers are popular for boating and fishing. Photo: NPSR

Close to the Burrum Point camping area, Burrum River tidal areas are great places to explore. Both Burrum and Gregory Rivers are popular for boating and fishing. Photo: NPSR

Several areas in the Woodgate section are wheelchair accessible. This image show the boardwalk section of the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

Several areas in the Woodgate section are wheelchair accessible. This image show the boardwalk section of the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

From Walkers Point day-use area 250m of sealed walking track is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Photo: Ross Naumann

From Walkers Point day-use area 250m of sealed walking track is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Photo: Ross Naumann

Burrum Coast National Park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections. Recreation facilities are not provided in the Burrum River or Buxton sections.

Visitors need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access camping areas. Walking track entrances are accessible by conventional vehicles.

Kinkuna section

Kinkuna section’s roads are suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only—some road sections are gravel, most are sand.

During wet conditions, access roads may be closed as they pass through low lying, swampy areas. Low clearance caravans and trailers are not recommended.

Travel 14km south from Bundaberg on the Goodwood Road. Turn left into Coonarr Road at the railway overpass, continue for approximately 8km and then turn right into Palm Beach Road. Follow the signs to the camping area.

Take care to read the signs and watch out for heavy mine trucks that frequently use Palm Beach Road. Follow the national nark signs to the camping areas. Do not enter the sand mining leases as sign posted. It is recommended that you use UHF radio channel 12 to listen for oncoming heavy traffic and alert other users of your whereabouts while on Palm Beach Road.

From the south, access is possible from Childers and Woodgate by following Goodwood Road, Woodgate Road and then Woppis Road into the park.

Woodgate section

The Woodgate section, can be reached from Childers or Bundaberg.

From the south side of Childers, turn off the Bruce Highway to Goodwood and travel 36km to Woodgate Beach township.

From Bundaberg, follow Barolin Street until it becomes Goodwood Road and travel 57km to Woodgate Beach township.

From Woodgate Beach township, signs lead you to the national park.

Camping areas in Woodgate section are accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Low clearance caravans and trailers are not recommended.

Burrum River section

Access to the southern section of the park, the Burrum River section, is via the Bruce Highway—exit at Torbanlea or Howard. From these towns, travel via the Burrum Heads Road to the park (about 15km).

The park is on both sides of the Burrum Heads Road just before Burrum Heads township.

Buxton section

Access via Bruce Highway—exit at Buxton Road and travel 13km to Pioneer Road.

The roads into Buxton section are wide formed gravel roads accessible by conventional vehicles in dry weather only.

Buxton section is a popular spot for bird watchers and nature photographers. No facilities are present.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair accessible facilities are provided in three areas in the Woodgate section.

Hoppy Larks Creek day-use area has a wheelchair accessible track to a viewing platform with a picnic table and fishing platform on the banks of the Gregory River.

The boardwalk section (800m return) of the Banksia track from Acacia Street through a melaleuca (tea-tree) swamp is wheelchair-accessible.

Walkers Point day-use area is wheelchair accessible with paved areas to picnic tables and about 250m of sealed walking track.

Park features

Open forest in Woodgate section. Photo: Ross Naumann

Open forest in Woodgate section. Photo: Ross Naumann

Covering 26 055 hectares the park protects the largest and least disturbed coastal plains in South East Queensland.

The park’s wetland areas are of national significance with tidal wetland areas also supporting habitat critical for Hervey Bay’s recreational and commercial fishing species.

A wide diversity of plant and animal communities occur here including mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath with spectacular wildflowers and tea tree dominated wetlands where huge cabbage palms reach through the canopy. Areas of deeper soil support eucalypt forests, including the vulnerable Goodwood gum Eucalyptus hallii.

Burrum Coast National Park is the perfect place to appreciate the splendour and peace of the natural environment.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping areas are provided in the Kinkuna and Woodgate sections. Camping is only permitted in the Burrum Point camping area and the Kinkuna camping zone. There is no camping in the Burrum River and Buxton sections.

Camping permits for all campsites must be booked in advance—online, over-the-counter or by phone.

Book well in advance for school holidays and long weekends.

Collect camping tags from information shelters at the southern and northern entrances to Kinkuna, and at the Burrum Point camping area. Insert your booking number and display the tag at your campsite.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in Woodgate Beach, Buxton, Burrum Heads, Bundaberg and Childers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Woodland on the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

Woodland on the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

Wallum heath in the Woodgate section. A great place to explore this plant community is on the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

Wallum heath in the Woodgate section. A great place to explore this plant community is on the Banksia track. Photo: Ross Naumann

Many beautiful flowers, including forest boronia, bloom in the wallum heath between August and October. Photo: Ross Naumann

Many beautiful flowers, including forest boronia, bloom in the wallum heath between August and October. Photo: Ross Naumann

Walking

Designated walking tracks are provided in the Woodgate section only.

There are no designated walking tracks in the other three sections. If using firebreaks for hiking, watch for vehicles.

Dogs, horses and other domestic animals are not allowed. Be considerate of local landholders—do not enter private property adjoining the park.

Banksia track (Grade: Moderate)

Distance: 5.2km return

Time: Allow 2hrs

Details: This track features melaleuca wetlands, stands of weeping cabbage palm, eucalypt and banksia woodlands and a wallum heath plain.

At the beginning of the walk, a wheelchair accessible boardwalk (800 m) provides access through melaleuca wetland.

Between August and October, when wildflowers are in peak flowering, this is a great walk for photographers, plant enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

Access is from Woodgate Beach township via Sixth Avenue then along Acacia Street.

Melaleuca track (Grade: Easy)

Distance: 12.3km return

Time: Allow 4hrs

Details: This track passes through wallum vegetation and around saltpans, swamps and mangroves. Birds and butterflies are abundant near swamps and mangroves in the early morning.

Access this track via Woodgate section’s Burrum Point camping area or Walkers Point day-use area.

Birdhide walk (Grade: Easy)

Distance: 5km return

Time: Allow 1hr 30mins

Details: A birdhide on the edge of a shallow wetland offers excellent views of a variety of waterbirds. Visit the birdhide in the cooler parts of the day when birdlife is most abundant and active.

Access this track via the Woodgate section’s Burrum Point camping area or Walkers Point day-use area.

Russell’s rest track

Distance: 500m return

Time: Allow 10mins

Details: Beginning at the Burrum Point camping area this track meanders through cypress pine and past a large fig to a small picnic area with views over the water.

Picnic and day-use areas

Theodolite Creek day-use area—Kinkuna section

A picnic table and small parking area is provided on the northern banks of Theodolite Creek. Access is off the Beach Road and suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Hoppy Lark’s Creek day-use area—Woodgate section

A wheelchair accessible track leads to a viewing platform with picnic table and fishing platform on the banks of the Gregory River. Access is possible with conventional vehicles during dry weather only.

Walkers Point day-use area—Woodgate section

Facilities include paved areas to picnic tables and about 250m of walking track that is sealed and wheelchair accessible.

Other activities

Boating, canoeing and fishing are popular activities on the Burrum and Gregory Rivers, between the Woodgate and Burrum River sections of the park.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Plan your trip carefully, be self-sufficient and ensure your vehicle is in good condition.
  • Carry enough food, drinking water, equipment, medical and other supplies for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy shoes, hat and raincoat.
  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Remove excess packaging when you pack for your trip. Take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave. Campers should bring strong containers suitable for storing rubbish.
  • Bring and use fuel or gas stoves to help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by open fires. Fires are not permitted with the exception of cooking fires in Kinkuna camping zone only. If you plan to use these you need to bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the national park.
  • When camping in Kinkuna camping zone, bring your own portable toilet.

Opening hours

Burrum Coast National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required for camping in Burrum Coast National Park. Fees apply.

Book well in advance for school holidays and long weekends.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in the Burrum Coast National Park. This includes domestic animals restrained within vehicles.

Climate and weather

The Burrum Coast has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Average daily temperatures range from 20–30°C in summer and from 15–20° C in winter.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Woodgate Beach and Burrum Heads townships, and a wider range of supplies is available in Bundaberg and Childers. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Walking wisely

  • Choose walks that suit the capabilities of your entire group.
  • Wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes with good grip.
  • Plan your walk to avoid walking in the middle of the day during hotter months.
  • Stay together and on designated walking tracks. Always supervise children.
  • Take a basic first-aid kit and mobile phone.
  • Always carry drinking water.

Fire safety

Wildfires are a threat to walkers, campers and the wallum community. They can occur without warning, so be aware of and prepared for the dangers.

If a bushfire occurs while you are out walking:
  • Follow the walking track away from the fire to the nearest road, beach, lake or creek for refuge.
  • Large logs, a ditch or burnt ground can also provide protection.
  • Avoid areas of heavy fuel, such as deep leaf litter, and stay low to the ground where the air is coolest and contains the least smoke.

In high fire danger conditions, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. It is essential for your safety to follow the instructions on signs in these conditions.

If you see a bushfire, dial 000 if you have mobile phone reception or alert a ranger or the police as soon as possible. Do not try to drive or walk towards the fire to see where it might be.

Help protect people, animals and plants from uncontrolled wildfires by using fuel stoves rather than camp fires.

Camp site fire safety

Open campfires for cooking purposes are only permitted in Kinkuna camping area.

Please bring and use your own fuel or gas camping stoves to help reduce the risk of wildfires caused by open fires. Even fuel or gas stoves must be used with care.

  • Always be vigilant with fuel stoves, gas lights and lanterns.
  • Never leave your stove or campfire unattended.
  • If you choose to use a cooking fire, you must bring your own milled timber for use as firewood—it is an offence to collect firewood in the national park.
  • Take extra care with campfires—keep them small and extinguish with water, not sand. Minimise impact by using a pre-existing campfire site.
  • Do not dispose of non-combustible or toxic material (e.g. glass, cans, plastics) in a campfire. Penalties apply.
  • Supervise children closely, especially around stoves and campfires.

Report bushfires immediately to 000. Early reporting may avert a devastating wildfire.

For more information, please read the QPWS Fire management brochure (PDF, 274K) and guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Driving safely

Roads in the national park are gravel or sand. A 4WD vehicle is recommended at all times. Beach driving is permitted at Kinkuna and from the Woodgate Beach township along the beach to the Burrum Point area. Driving in sandy landscapes requires some care to protect both you and the fragile sand environment.

  • Engage 4WD before driving on sand.
  • Normal road rules apply, including speed limits and seat belts. Police patrol through the national park regularly and penalties apply for offences.
  • Stay on the tracks; never drive on the dunes. Only use signed and well established tracks to exit the beach.
  • Lower your speed for the conditions, and around people and wildlife (including shorebirds).
  • Select low gears for soft, dry sand.
  • Avoid sharps turns and sudden braking.
  • Possibly choose to reduce your tyre pressure to maintain traction on very soft sand. Always stay within the manufacturer’s specifications. Remember to re-inflate your tyres to resume speed on harder sand or surfaces.
  • Carry repair and recovery equipment.

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

Looking after the park

Everything in the park (living or dead) is protected including wildflowers, wildlife and even rocks and timber. Help care for the Burrum Coast National Park by:

  • leaving your pets at home—domestic animals, including those in vehicles, are not permitted in national parks
  • storing food away from foraging wildlife and not feeding wildlife—human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive
  • taking your rubbish away for appropriate disposal—do not bury rubbish in the park
  • using toilets where provided. Bring your own portable toilet when staying at Kinkuna camping area. Elsewhere dig a pit toilet at least 50cm deep and 100m from water courses, tracks and campsites
  • not using soaps in the ocean or waterways to prevent pollution
  • burying fish remains below high-tide mark and covered with at least 50cm of sand.

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

Park management

In 1994 Burrum Coast National Park was declared combining several areas previously gazetted progressively between 1969 and 1991. The Kinkuna Section was extended in 2008 with the addition of the coastal strip south to Theodolite Creek. A plan of management will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

Bundaberg West Visitor Information Centre
www.bundabergregion.info
271 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
PO Box 930, Bundaberg QLD 4670
Phone: (07) 4153 8888
Fax: (07) 4151 2527
Email: info@bundabergregion.org

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

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Last updated
21 April 2016