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Brooyar State Forest  

What's special?

In the scenic Mary Valley north-west of Gympie lies Brooyar State Forest. The campground lies in the hills between Widgee and Glastonbury Creeks. This quiet retreat contains rainforest, open eucalypt forest and hoop pine plantations. Patches of riverine rainforest fringe Glastonbury Creek. Queensland’s best hoop pine plantations are in this forest.

Exploring Brooyar

Go for a scenic drive through the forest, stopping to enjoy the view from the lookouts. Turn off the Bruce Highway 20km north-west of Gympie to the Wide Bay Highway. The return trip to Gympie via Bells Bridge is 53km.

Walk through open eucalypt forest with a grasstree understorey to Eagle Nest Lookout for a view over the forest to Black Snake Ranges. Enjoy the view from Point Pure Lookout. Abseiling is allowed at both lookouts for individuals and authorised groups with qualified leaders. For safety, spectators should stay well back.

Camp on the banks of Glastonbury Creek. A grove of white cedars across the creek are a mass a gold flowers in autumn while, in summer, the rich red and yellow flowers of the black bean trees contrast with the orange spikes of the silky oak trees. Toilets, fire rings, firewood and drinking water are provided. Pay your camping fees on-site. The camping area is suitable for caravans and motorhomes. Bookings are unnecessary. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

Have a picnic or barbecue at Glastonbury Creek where there is plenty of room for outdoor games. Picnic tables and wood barbecues are provided. Relax and cool off in the trickling creek. For your safety, never jump or dive into this shallow creek.

If you enjoy your visit to Brooyar, you may like to visit the Woodworks Museum on the Bruce Highway at Gympie to discover the timber-getting history of the Gympie area. Displays include a 619-year-old kauri pine stump. The museum is open weekdays and a small entrance fee applies.


Walk through the rainforest along an old logging road at Glastonbury Creek. Short walks lead to both lookouts along the Brooyar Forest Drive. See open forest, sandstone outcrops and rock shelters.

Getting there

Brooyar is just 20 minutes north-west of Gympie or two and a half hours’ drive north of Brisbane. Head 10km north of Gympie along the Bruce Highway then turn left onto the Wide Bay Highway and drive 7·8km to the turnoff to the campground. Caravan access is via Peterson Road off the Wide Bay Highway.

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