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Getting there and getting around

Rainforest features on the forest road from the day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Rainforest features on the forest road from the day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Woondum National Park is a 20 minute drive south-east of Gympie via Noosa Road (bitumen) and Hill Road (last 2 km gravel).

Forest roads from the Rock Pools day-use area through Woondum are suitable only for four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorbikes.

Park features

Woondum and Boulder Creeks meet in a rock pool beside the day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Woondum and Boulder Creeks meet in a rock pool beside the day-use area. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Hills and mountains covered in tall eucalypt forest and rainforest, and cascading boulder-strewn creeks feature here.

Many areas of Woondum have been logged, several as recently as the late 1990s. Some areas were banana plantations before being reforested with eucalypt plantations.

The spotted gum Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata population growing here is resistant to fungal leaf and shoot disease. Its seed was used in plantations all over South East Queensland.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

There are no camping areas within Woondum National Park. Nearby Amamoor State Forest, Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park and Brooyar State Forest offer camping opportunities.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Gympie.

There are several privately run campgrounds, guesthouse, lodges and bed and breakfasts within a short distance of Woondum National Park.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Things to do

Turpentine trees feature on the short Turpentine circuit walk. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Turpentine trees feature on the short Turpentine circuit walk. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Turpentine Syncarpia glomulifera flowers. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Turpentine Syncarpia glomulifera flowers. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Flatstem wattle Accacia complanata can often be seen flowering beside the forest road in summer and autumn. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Flatstem wattle Accacia complanata can often be seen flowering beside the forest road in summer and autumn. Photo: Ross Naumann.

From the day-use area, the forest road has steep grades narrow sections and creek crossings. It is suitable for four-wheel-drives and motorbikes. Photo: Ross Naumann.

From the day-use area, the forest road has steep grades narrow sections and creek crossings. It is suitable for four-wheel-drives and motorbikes. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Tree heath Trochocarpa laurina grows beside the rock pools. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Tree heath Trochocarpa laurina grows beside the rock pools. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Woondum National Park offers many nature-based opportunities for the visitor to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds:

Walking

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

Choose walks that suit your fitness levels.

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.
Class 5 track Australian Standards
  • Steep track with irregular surface and loose stones.
  • Requires rockclimbing experience and high level of physical fitness. Considerable exposure to the elements may be experienced.
  • Shoes with flexible soles and good grip should be worn.

Turpentine circuit (Class 5)

Distance: 500 m return
Time: Allow about 20 minutes walking time

Details: Large turpentine trees Syncarpia glomulifera feature on this short walk through tall open forest and rainforest. The walk includes a rock hop across Boulder Creek.

Boulder Mountain hiking trail (Class 5)

Distance: 3.2 km return
Time: Allow 2 hours walking time

Details: Walk through tall open forest with a rainforest understorey and open forest with grass trees to the summit of Boulder Mountain. Extremely steep, uphill sections make this walk suitable for very fit people only.

Driving

Four-wheel-drive and motorbike access only.

Registered four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorbikes may be driven on roads in these forests. The driver must hold a valid licence to operate the vehicle.

The forest road has steep grades, narrow sections and creek crossings. Large drainage humps run diagonally across steep section of the road, making it unsuitable for vehicles with low clearance.

Tall open forest, wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest line the road and create the perfect setting for a forest drive.

The Noosa Trail Network for horse riders, mountain bike riders and bushwalkers follows parts of the road. For safety, drive slowly and keep a lookout for other road users.

Rock Pools day-use area

Picnic facilities are provided in a pleasantly cool environment beside the large rock pool where Boulder Creek and Woondum Creek meet. Relax and unwind to the sound of water gently cascading over ancient granite outcrops.

Picnic tables, wood fired barbecues (bring your own clean-milled firewood), water and toilets are provided.

Explore around the creek or go for a short walk through the forest. Supervise children closely and watch out for vehicles when crossing the road between the carpark and day-use area.

Take care around the creeks as rock surfaces can be slippery. Avoid serious injury by never jumping or diving into the creeks, as water depth is variable and unpredictable.

Please do not feed the lace monitors. Let them find their own food and help keep wildlife wild.

Mountain bike riding

Mountain bike riding is permitted on vehicle tracks within the national park unless otherwise signed.

Mountain bike riding is not permitted on walking tracks and beyond locked gates.

Ride safely:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Slow down when you encounter horse riders and walkers on shared trails. Give-way to horse riders.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Slow down and consider other track users.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone. Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
  • Carry a basic repairs kit.
  • Check weather and if any closures are current before heading out on your ride.

See Park alerts.

Ride responsibly:

  • Stay on the defined trail bike tracks.
  • Observe and obey safety and advisory signs. Respect areas closed to riding.
  • Always expect to find someone or something on the track around the next corner. You may encounter other riders, wildlife, cattle and natural obstacles such as fallen trees and water-eroded tracks.
  • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns. Collision and personal injury may result.

Horse riding

Horse riding is permitted on the designated SEQ horse riding trail network.

Horses are not permitted on walking tracks.

Read more information on horse riding throughout the Sunshine Coast on the Regional Council's Noosa Trail Network webpage.

Ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Carry a first aid kit and mobile phone. Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.
  • Check weather and 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.

  • Ride only on formed roads and trails designated for riding—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 for horse riding 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 Horse riding in forest areas and the SEQ horse riding trail network in this region.

Things to know before you go

Camping and domestic animals (other than horses) are not permitted in the park.

Essentials to bring
  • Bring adequate food, drinking water, equipment and other supplies for your trip.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, insect repellent and a mobile phone.
  • For walking, wear sandshoes or similar sturdy closed-in shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Take your rubbish out of the park for appropriate disposal.
  • Preferably bring and use fuel or gas stoves. If you do wish to use the barbecues provided, bring your own clean, milled firewood, as it is illegal to collect firewood from the forest.
Opening hours

For your safety, visit Woondum National Park in daylight hours only.
Walking tracks and roads within the park may be closed during fires, adverse weather conditions, for essential track maintenance or safety reasons. Before you go, check park alerts for current access, closures and conditions.

Permits and fees

An organised event permit may be needed for planned large group activities in this area.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted with the exception of horses, which may be ridden on the SEQ horse riding trail network only.

Climate and weather

Always check weather conditions before you visit. Forest areas are hazardous during strong winds, as branches may fall.

After high rainfall, check park alerts and road conditions before you visit.

Temperatures in the area can rise to above 30 °C in summer and drop below 0 °C in winter. Nights can be cool at anytime of the year.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel, general supplies, public telephones, meals and light refreshments are available at Gympie and the townships of Traveston, Cooran and Kin Kin.

For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

  • 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 sturdy, closed-in 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. In summer walk 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.
Road safety

Forest roads—expect the unexpected!
Unsealed forest roads can be steep and winding.

  • Slow down. Allow time to react to unexpected situations and changed conditions. You share the road with other drivers, logging trucks, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cattle and wildlife.
  • Be courteous. Pull over to the left to allow vehicles to pass. To take photos and enjoy the  scenery, find a safe place to pull over or turn around. Do not stop on the roadway.
  • Watch out for curves and steep slopes. Drive carefully around corners, especially after rain. Stay on your side of the road and avoid sudden slowing. Shift down a gear when roads are steep.
  • Wet roads. Take extra caution when driving on wet roads. Never cross flooded roads or causeways.
  • All road rules apply. Obey speed limits. Always wear a seat belt. Never carry passengers outside the vehicle cabin.
  • Obey all signage—access to some areas may be restricted, such as when logging operations are being conducted.
Flood safety

Warning! Heavy rain can flood creek crossings

Flood waters in this area rise and fall quickly and are a hazard to life and property. The day-use area can become isolated following high rainfall events. For your safety:

  • Obey all road closures—roads may be closed due to deep water levels at creek crossings or wet and slippery conditions.
  • Avoid flooded crossings as submerged obstacles may pose a hazard and traffic ahead may have created hidden hazards such as deep holes.
  • Do not walk into flood waters—if in doubt, wait it out!
In an emergency

In an emergency phone Triple Zero (000).

If you have difficulty connecting to Triple Zero (000) from your mobile phone, try dialling 112.

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

Looking after the park

Many small animals live in the park. A variety of rainforest snails feed on fungi. Photo: Ross Naumann.

Many small animals live in the park. A variety of rainforest snails feed on fungi. Photo: Ross Naumann.

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 manages this park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

For more about managing parks and forests.

Tourism information links

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

Gympie Tourist Information Centre
www.cooloola.org.au

Bruce Highway, Lake Alford, Gympie, QLD 4570
Phone: 1800 444 222
Email: info@cooloola.org.au

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 Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
7 January 2013