Australia: The Land Where Time Began
Conway State Forest
What's special?On the rugged Conway Range behind Airlie Beach lies Conway State Forest. This beautiful forest contains lowland tropical rainforest remnants and picturesque rocky creeks. The forest has been selectively logged over the past 70 years for sought-after rainforest timber. Trial plantations of hoop pines were established in the forest. Logging ended in 1993.
Volcanic activity millions of years ago created this rugged landscape and the offshore islands. The volcano was centred over Pentecost Island.
The forest is home to many animals including the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher which migrates here to breed each summer.
Exploring ConwayThe forest is largely undeveloped, so visitors must be self-sufficient.
Go birdwatching or bushwalking. See exquisite Ulysses butterflies and hear the call of the wompoo fruit-dove. See the remains of old snigging tracks used to remove felled trees during the logging days.
Camping is not allowed in the forest but there are plenty of places to stay nearby at Cannonvale and Airlie Beach.
A Great Walk is being developed in the forest with bush campsites, lookouts and trails. The walk should be ready by mid-2004.
WalkingEnjoy the Kingfisher Rainforest circuit which winds down to a creek. Take a brochure from the stand at the start of the track to help you explore the forest. (Please return it afterwards.) See large rainforest trees, Alexandra palms, cauliflorous figs and strangler figs.
Getting thereHead west from Airlie Beach for 10km or 13km east from Proserpine along the Shute Harbour Road. Turn off to the Brandy Creek Road and drive 6km along a mostly gravel road to the carpark before a locked gate. Park here near the Kingfisher Rainforest circuit. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles.
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