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Beerburrum State Forest and Forest Reserve                  

What's special?

Exotic pine plantations, open forest, rainforest and coastal wallum remnants and the scenic Glass House Mountains make Beerburrum State Forest and Forest Reserve in the Sunshine Coast lowlands a picturesque place to visit.

Between 1881 and 1890, the thriving timber town of Campbellville flourished on the banks of Coochin Creek when red cedar and eucalypt trees were harvested from the nearby forests. Paddle steamers and sailing cutters transported the timber down the creek to the port of Brisbane.

Exploring Beerburrum

Go for a scenic drive. Signs indicate points of interest. Stop at the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout for the best, most accessible view in the area.

Have a picnic here in the grassy open forest. Toilets, picnic tables, drinking water and wood barbecues are provided. Firewood is supplied.

Enjoy magnificent views over the coastal lowlands from the Glass House Mountains, Wild Horse Mountain or Beerburrum Mountain Lookouts. Walk through scribbly gum and wet sclerophyll forests around Glass House Mountains Lookout.

Camp or picnic among the pine trees at Coochin Creek camping area, on the east side of the highway, 3km upstream from the Pumicestone Passage. Grassy campsites suitable for caravans and tents, toilets, drinking water and barbecues are provided. Take insect repellent.

Sit quietly by the creek and imagine what this place was like in its timber-getting heyday. Go boating or fishing or explore the waterways by canoe. A boat ramp is provided.

Horse riding, cycling, trail bike riding and four-wheel-driving are allowed by permit. For your safety and to minimise damage to the forest, stay on existing tracks.

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the lookout picnic areas and walking tracks but not in the Coochin Creek picnic and camping area.


Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen when walking. All tracks except the Melaleuca walk and Mooloolah River circuit are steep in places.


The Melaleuca walk and Mooloolah River circuit through rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest along the Mooloolah River at Jowarra are wheelchair-accessible. Signs help you explore the forest. These tracks are located next to the rest area near the Rustic Cabin just off the Caloundra Road.

The Coochin Creek camping area toilets are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Beerburrum State Forest is about one hour’s drive north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Glass House Mountains Road. Beerburrum Mountain Lookout is just off the old Beerburrum-Caboolture Road near Beerburrum township. Wild Horse Mountain Lookout is on the east side of the Bruce Highway. Turn off at the Mobil service station and drive along Johnson Road to the lookout. Coochin Creek is on Roys Road 5km east of the highway and north of the Glass House Mountains turnoff.
Key facilities at this park

Key to symbols

National park offices

Further Information
Bells Creek Road
ph (07) 5494 0150
fax (07) 5494 6307

Melaleuca walk
1·3km return, 40 minutes

Mooloolah River circuit
500m, 15 minutes

Glass House Mountains Lookout circuit
400m return, 25 minutes

Beerburrum Mountain Lookout track
1·4km return, 45 minutes

Wild Horse Mountain Lookout track
1·4km return, 45 minutes

Sources & Further reading

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