Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Mapleton Forest Reserve

What's special?

At the northern end of the rugged Blackall Range, Mapleton Forest Reserve protects rainforest remnants with bunya pines, piccabeen palm groves, tall open blackbutt forests and picturesque mountain scenery.

Exploring Mapleton Forest

See the forest along the Mapleton Forest Drive starting just north of Mapleton. Have a picnic on the site of the old forest station in the headwaters of Cedar Creek. Picnic tables, toilets, barbecues, firewood and drinking water are provided.

Stop at Poole’s Dam and walk to the top of a waterfall for stunning views over the forested valley below. Beware of slippery rocks. See the bunya pines along the walk through the piccabeen palm groves. The forest drive ends with spectacular views of the coast and hinterland from Point Glorious.

Camp at Gheerulla Creek camping area. Picnic tables, toilets, barbecues, firewood and drinking water are provided. Pay your camping fees on-site. Dogs on leashes are allowed overnight.

Trail bike riding is allowed by permit in the specified Trail Bike Area only. The forest has a short beginners circuit and a more challenging 34km route with views over the Mary Valley from the Oaky Creek Lookout.


Enjoy the forest on two short walks. See the tall wet sclerophyll forest along the Pilularis forest walk.

Getting there

Mapleton lies between Nambour and Kenilworth, about two hours’ drive north of Brisbane. To reach the Gheerulla camping area and trail bike area, turn off the Eumundi-Kenilworth Road at Sam Kelly Road, 6km east of Kenilworth. The camping area is 2km off the main road.

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