Nature lovers like The Palms National Park for its unique tropical rainforest feel. Photo Contributed
Nature lovers like The Palms National Park for its unique tropical rainforest feel. Photo Contributed Contributed

Top 10 walking trails in the South Burnett

IF YOU are looking for a calm stroll through a sub-tropical forest or a picnic out with the family, South Burnett has it all.

Here is a list of our 10 favourite walking trails and national parks in the South Burnett.

1. Bunya Mountains

The famous Bunya Mountains take up more than 11,700 hectares and is the world's largest natural bunya pine forest.

Turning into the Bunya Hwy via Kingaroy and Kumbia, you will meet steep mountain ranges and narrow roads (towing isn't advised), with beautiful views casting out into the mountains.

The mountains sub-tropical forests provide scenic walks from your holiday homes. Restaurants and cafés are also located near the holiday houses.

Take a walk on one of the many marked trails which have a range of difficulties.

Bunya Mountains
Bunya Mountains Contributed

2. Palms National Park

Palms National Park is filled with piccabeen palms, towering fig trees and birdlife.

The palms circuit is a 15 minutes walking trail which allows you to admire the strangler fig in the rainforest.

While walking make sure to look out for the grey-headed flying fox hanging in the trees.

Palms National Park is located 8km north-east of Cooyar. Turn east off New England Hwy north of Cooyar. 

Nature lovers like The Palms National Park for its unique tropical rainforest feel. Photo Contributed
Nature lovers like The Palms National Park for its unique tropical rainforest feel. Photo Contributed Contributed

3. D'Aguilar National Park

With remote gorges, Sub-tropical rainforests and views of Moreton Bay, D' Aguilar National Park is a great place to go for a stroll.

Picnic tables and barbecues are located around the park with toilets nearby.

Horses and trail bikes are permitted on the walking trails, scenic drives are also up for offer on this 36,000 hectare park.

TEAM EFFORT: Cybele Koning and Megan Thomson will be trail walking 100km through D'Aguilar National Park as part of the Oxfam fundraiser. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
TEAM EFFORT: Cybele Koning and Megan Thomson will be trail walking 100km through D'Aguilar National Park as part of the Oxfam fundraiser. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

4. Coomba Falls

Just out of Maidenwell is this beautiful rocky water hole.

Although it is a steep decline down to the falls it is all worth it once you reach your goal.

Ancient volcanic boulders are positioned all over the place and if it's a hot day the water is cool and refreshing.

Coomba Falls, Maidenwell. Photo by Petra Harris. Photo Contributed
Coomba Falls, Maidenwell. Photo by Petra Harris. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

5. Gordonbrook Dam

Take a stroll around this scenic spot with its well maintained walkways around the edge of the dam. 

Horse riders can also use the trails on the water's edge.

There are picnic spots, bird watching hides and an information board on some of the fascinating history of the area.

Gordonbrook Dam
Gordonbrook Dam contributed

6. Boat Mountain Reserve

Boat Mountain Reserve is a great place go on a walk, see the vine forests and look out into great views of the country land.

Protective clothing is advised if you are walking the trails due to some of the prickly shrubs along the trails.

There are no toilets and no camping is allowed but picnic tables are provided.

On Boat Mountain looking back towards John Krebs Bridge. Sunday 4:27pm. Photo Contributed
On Boat Mountain looking back towards John Krebs Bridge. Sunday 4:27pm. Photo Contributed Contributed

7. Bjelke Petersen Dam

The picturesque BP Dam has plenty to offer day trippers and campers.

Walk the edge of the dam, head up to the lookout, or maybe take some time to go fishing.

There is a store nearby with fishing gear, life jacket hire, and grocery's.

Toilets are located around Dam.

GREAT SPOT: The Bjelke-Petersen Dam is a favourite hotspot for visitors to the South Burnett. Photo: Danielle Lowe / South Burnett Times
GREAT SPOT: The Bjelke-Petersen Dam is a favourite hotspot for visitors to the South Burnett. Photo: Danielle Lowe / South Burnett Times Danielle Lowe

8. Rogers Park

Turn off D' Aguilar Highway 2km north of Yarraman to find Rogers Park.

There are no defined walking tracks but walkers are allowed to use logging and service tracks.

Walks leading from Yarraman take you along the boundary of the forest.

Toilets, picnic areas, shelter and barbecues are provided. The park is open 24 hours and pets are allowed.

Hoop pine seeds
Hoop pine seeds Mike Knott

9. Wooroolin Wetland

Grey tree trunks spearing out of the water make for a spectacular sight at the Wooroolin Wetlands.

Bird hides are positioned across the area to watch the extensive species who inhabit the area.

When walking the track you will come across nesting boxes where sugar gliders and possums are nesting. 

Wooroolin Wetlands Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Wooroolin Wetlands Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

10. Mt Wooroolin

Only a short drive from the centre of Kingaroy, Mt Wooroolin looks out onto the whole town.

There are a range of walking tracks on offer, but some are very steep so wear a good pair of shoes.

A peaceful picnic area is located at the top of the mountain with barbecues and a lookout over town.

Look out for all the different types of wildlife around the area. There are no toilets on site.

The lookout at Mt Wooroolin offers amazing views.
The lookout at Mt Wooroolin offers amazing views. Contributed
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