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Conondale National Park

Conondale National Park

Conondale National Park is one of the most beautifully rugged, lush rainforests destinations in Queensland.

Filled with tall eucalyptus trees, creeks, and majestic waterfalls, the environment in this area is sure to thrill any nature lover.

Conondale National Park, Camping, 4WD, Walk, Hikes, Waterfalls, Map QLD

The park is 35,700 hectares large and serves as a home for many wildlife, including threatened species. Visitors are encouraged to be mindful during their time here, engaging in healthy tourism practices such as picking up after your rubbish and not touching any plants or animals you may encounter. The park has scenic walking and driving tracks, though campsites are located near the streams and rainforests for those who want to spend a night or two here.

If you prefer plush accommodation instead of camping, there are luxury accommodation options available around here too. Kookaburra Park is also fantastic for its boutique caravan amenities and glamping amidst a hobby farm located within the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

For those who want to make the most out of the park, going on the Conondale Range Great Walk is highly encouraged. It takes four full days to accomplish the 56km walk as it takes you to witness all the park’s highlights. With all the hiking trails, lookout points, and unspoilt scenery here, this is a place you will want to spend some time in. After all, many believe it’s home to the most stunning tropical waterfalls in all of Queensland!

There are several walking tracks found with the Conondale National Park where you can explore the forests, creeks and waterfalls. Walks include:

  • Peters Creek Walk: 500m (return), a short 15-minute walk through an open forest to rock pools.
  • Booloumba Falls Walk: 3km (return), allow 2hrs for his walk and discover waterfalls and rock pools.
  • Gold Mine Walk: 5.2km (return); this is a 2.5hr walk with scenic views of Booloumba Creek and leads to an old gold mine from the 1920s.
  • Strangler Cairn: 6.5km (return), allow 2 1/2 hrs where you will see an impressive 3.7-metre high Strangler Cairn sculpture by artist Andy Goldsworthy. It is made from hundreds of blocks of hand-cut granite.

There are also several longer walks which can take half a day to several days.

The Mount Allen Trail is equally popular. It can be done on foot, horseback, or bike and is a 9km circuit through the park. This trail is recommended for good fitness abilities as it involves steep inclines and walks through extremely rugged terrain. You will be significantly rewarded with panoramic views of the Mary Valley, Imbil State Forest, and the Conondale Range.

Stop at one of the picnic areas after your walk or ride and enjoy the use of the picnic tables, BBQ’s and toilets at the Booloumba Creek day-use area beside the creek. You must bring your own water and ensure you take away rubbish. Domestic animals are not permitted within the park, except for horses, which may be ridden only by the Horse Trail Network.

The Conondale National Park is a magnificent attraction that should be visited at least once in everyone’s lifetime.

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