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Amamoor State Forest and Forest Reserve   

In the scenic foothills west of Gympie, Amamoor State Forest and Forest Reserve protect precious remnants of the beautiful forests which once covered this area. More than 120 species of birds live in this forest and nearby Imbil State Forest.

Riverine rainforest grows along Amamoor Creek. White cedar, red cedar, hoop pine and bunya pine can be seen in the rainforest remnants. The forest also contains hoop and bunya pine plantations.

The Country Music Muster, the largest outdoor music festival in Australia, is held in this forest every August.

Exploring Amamoor

Have a picnic beside the creek at Amama under the shade of a hoop or bunya pine. Picnic tables, wood barbecues and toilets are provided. The open grassy area is suitable for large groups and ball games.

Look for platypus in Amamoor Creek at dawn or dusk. Explore the nearby rainforest. If you have time, take the road opposite Amama to Cooke’s Knob fire tower for a spectacular view over the forests and coastal plains. Obtain a permit to traverse first.

Camp at Cedar Grove where grassy sites on the banks of Amamoor Creek are popular all-year-round. Take your own firewood or use supplied firewood sparingly. Pay your fees on-site. Cold showers, toilets, barbecues, water and a public phone are provided here.

See white and red cedar trees in the subtropical rainforest and open forest and hoop pine plantations along the hiking trail.

You can also camp at Amamoor Creek camping area. Dogs on leashes are allowed overnight. The campground is not available for general use during the Muster in late August. Facilities include cold showers, toilets, barbecues and water.

Both camping areas are suitable for motorhomes and caravans.


Wonga walk starts across the road from Amama and the Cascade circuit continues from the end of this walk.


Platypus Walk starting at the far end of Amama day use area is wheelchair-accessible. This walk follows Amamoor Creek to a small viewing platform where you can watch for platypus.

Getting there

Amamoor is about two hours’ drive north of Brisbane. Turn off the Bruce Highway 20km south of Gympie and follow the signs to Amamoor township. The forest is 10km west of Amamoor along the Amamoor Creek Road. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles towing caravans. Collect a brochure at the information shelter at Amamoor before visiting the forest.


Key facilities at this park


Author: M. H. Monroe
Last updated: 04/01/2015
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