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Mooloolah River National Park

The Mooloolah River National Park is only a few minutes drive from the Sunshine Coast, which makes it a convenient location to visit on your next stay on the coast.

This park is divided into two zones: the Mooloolah River Section and the Jowarra Section. Both areas are known for protecting the coastal rainforests in this area which face the danger of extinction.

Mooloolah River National Park, Fishing & Walks, Qld

The majority of the park sits next to the Sunshine Motorway and the Mooloolah River, accessible from Claymore Road, Sippy Downs. The Jowarra section of the park is accessible from the Steve Irwin Way.

There is a lot to see and do in this wonderful park, including bushwalking, canoeing up the Mooloolah River or cycling along the edge of the park. There are short walking tracks in the Jowarra section and some fire management trails that can be used as tracks in the Mooloolah section.

Tracks in Jowarra section:
Mooloolah River circuit: 500m (return), a short 20-minute walk that winds along the creek.
Melaleuca walks 1.3km (return), a 40-minute river walk where you may spot a platypus at dawn or dusk.

Tracks in the Mooloolah River section:
Boronia trail: 2.4km (one way), through eucalypt forest, creek, and a large heath plain.
Aemula trail: 1.3km (one way), taking you through woodlands and open forests.
Littoralis trail: 1.1km (one way), a higher walk through woodlands and open forests.
Paperbark trail: 850m (one way), a short walk with challenging sections featuring casuarina forest.

Most people visit the Mooloolah River National Park to view the abundant wildlife and plants. The best time to view the animals is during the evening or early in the morning when they are more active. There is a huge variety of animals in the park, including; lace monitors, snakes, lizards, eastern grey kangaroos, and more. Some of the birds found here are the seed-eating yellow-tailed black cockatoos, honeyeaters and ospreys.

Camping is not permitted in Mooloolah River National Park; however, you can find camping areas near Beerwah State Forest (Coochin Creek). Dogs are also not allowed in the parks.

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