Hightail it just 20km to the southwest of Gympie or 120km due north of Brisbane and you’ll find yourself ensconced within the tranquil folds of the Amamoor State Forest – one of southeast Queensland’s best-kept secrets.
This peaceful forest is a brilliant spot to escape for a peaceful weekend in the bush, and is easily accessible for all southeast Queenslanders.
Amamoor offers visitors a range of primo campsites, some great drives and scenery as well as an interesting variety of wildlife.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a fitness nut or bushwalking aficionado, there are plenty of great opportunities to hop out of the fourby, stretch the legs and take in some ripper scenery while you’re at it.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING is allowed throughout the forest, although the majority of the area’s tracks are on the gentle side.
Keep an eye out for logging trucks when driving on the park’s tracks, as some of these are still in use and you sure don’t want to come face to face with one of these as you round a blind corner at speed!
BUSHWALKING: The Amama Walk is a gentle 1.5km loop, which takes around 40 minutes for your average punter to navigate without suffering a heart attack.
The Cedar Grove hiking trail is a little more taxing at 4.6km, and is more of a half-day proposition. This trail branches off from the Rainforest Trail, crosses Amamoor Creek and returns to the camping area.
LOCATION: The Amamoor State Forest is located 180km north of Brisbane and is inland from the Sunshine Coast.
CAMPING is available at the Amamoor Creek camping area and Ceder Grove camping area. Camping permits are required and fees of $5.75 per person per night or $23 per family group per night apply.
FUEL is available in Gympie and Brisbane.
MORE INFO is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au