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Imbil State Forest and Forest Reserve

What's special?

Surrounding Lake Borumba, Imbil State Forest and Forest Reserve contain Queensland’s first hoop pine plantation, established in the early 1900s. Hoop pine Araucaria cunninghamii grows naturally from northern New South Wales to Papua New Guinea and is a valuable timber species.

Exploring Imbil

Take the scenic all-weather drive from Borumba Dam to Imbil through the forest. The 14km forest drive takes about an hour and includes eight stops, a lookout and a short walk. Drive carefully. Permits are required to travel along other forest roads.

Have a picnic and listen to the sweet sounds of bellbirds calling in the Bellbird Feature Protection Area, home to a colony of bellbirds. Picnic tables and barbecues are provided and dogs are allowed on a leash.

Go birdwatching. More than 120 species of birds live in this area and nearby Amamoor State Forest and Forest Reserve.

Visit nearby Borumba Dam. You can boat, canoe, fish and camp here. Camping is not allowed in the forest. Showers, barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and water are provided in the Borumba Dam camping area.


See red cedar trees and other rainforest species along a short walk through gallery rainforest.


The toilets at the Borumba Dam camping area are wheelchair-accessible.

Getting there

Imbil State Forest and Forest Reserve are near Imbil, 32km south-west of Gympie or 36km west of Cooroy. Borumba Dam is 12km west of Imbil. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles towing caravans. Bellbird Feature Protection Area is on the Imbil-Kenilworth Road.

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