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Hiking in Amamoor State Forest and National Park

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by Cris (subscribe)
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Published March 1st 2021
Amamoor State Forest and National Park is located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It is an ideal place for hiking, bushwalking and picnicking. Amama day use area has great facilities including picnic tables, BBQs, toilets and tap water.

In Amamoor National Park, there are two camping sites: Cedar Grove Camping Area and Amamoor Creek Camping Area.

There are three official trails in Amamoor State Forest and National Park:

1 Amama Walk
2 Cedar Grove Hiking Trail and Rainforest Walk
3 Amamoor Creek Hiking Trail

Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone! Bring a medium day backpack with 1.5 litres of water for each hike and snacks. Long sleeves and long trousers are preferable. Put in your backpack first aid kit, insect repellent in form of cream; please avoid the spray since the aerosol created during the spraying is going to spread in the environment. Pack a raincoat, torch, tissues and phone. Wear hiking boots or hiking shoes. Bring walking poles if you like to use them. On hot days, bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate the lost through perspiration.


Amama Walk.

Amama Walk is a circuit of 2.5km return, allow two hours. The National Park classifies the hike Grade 4, which means bushwalking experience is recommended, tracks may be rough with steep sections. Moderate fitness level is required and ankle supporting boots are strongly recommended.

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The walk is challenging because the rocky trail, the creek crossings and rock hopping. There are steps, many roots from trees on the trail and a steep section going up to Diamondfield Lookout.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Diamondfield Lookout
Diamondfield Lookout. Photo by Author.


The trail starts opposite Amama day use area, on the other side of the road.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area
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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush
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The highlight of this walk is a gorgeous waterfall and few waterholes. It is paramount to leave the waterfall absolutely pristine.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area
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Just before the off shoot to the waterfall, there is a huge Bunya tree. The sign explains the marks on the tree were made by the Aboriginals to climb up the tree for Bunya nuts. The bunya nuts are delicious roasted resembling the taste of chestnuts.

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If you decide to have a dip in the waterhole, avoid putting on you antiperspirant, sunscreen and insect repellent in order to keep the water free from nasty chemicals. In the area, there are native frogs and platypuses and microscopic forms of life which benefit from clean water.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area
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On a trail, there is always something interesting.

Shedded snake skin along the trail. Photo by Author.


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2 Cedar Grove Hiking Trail and Rainforest Walk.

The hike is about 6km long, allow two hours walking time. The National Park classifieds the walk Grade 4, which means bushwalking experience recommended; the track may be long, rough and very steep. Moderate fitness level is required and ankle supporting boots are strongly recommended. The trailhead is at the Cedar Grove camping area. Follow the sign for the Rainforest Walk.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush
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The Cedar Grove trail branch off the Rainforest Walk.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush
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Unfortunately, this area is affected by lantana, an invasive prickly shrub.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush
Lantana shrub has numerous small tubular flowers. Photo by Author.


Balloon cotton bush (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is mainly considered as an environmental weed in Queensland. This species is very invasive replacing native species and can form relatively dense infestations.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Balloon cotton bush (Gomphocarpus physocarpus). Photo by Author.


The flowers of the balloon cotton bush Gomphocarpus physocarpus. Photo by Author.


Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
The seeds of the balloon cotton. Wind and animals contribute to spread the seeds in the environment. Photo by Author.


After the initial steep section, the trail becomes easier.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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From the old stump a new tree managed to emerge. So awesome! Photo by Author.


On the trail, there are many trees of wild citruses. I hiked at the end of February and there were lots of citruses fruits on the trail fallen off the trees. The fruit releases an incredible citrusy aroma when the skin get pinched open.

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Delicate ferns, Photo by Author.


Old tree in the forest. Photo by Author.


The Amamoor Area is famous for the many swimming waterholes but the level of the water in the creek is rain dependant.

At the end of February 2021, Amamoor area did not have much rain and the water holes were shallow.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Swimming hole. Photo by Author.


Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Lots of trees with red berries. Photo by Author.


3 Amamoor Creek Hiking Trail.

The walk is a circuit of about 2.5km, allow one hour and half walking time. The trail is classified Grade 4 by the National Park which means bushwalking experience is recommended; track may be long, rough and very steep. Moderate fitness level is required and ankle supporting boots are strongly recommended.

The starting point is at the famous Country Music Muster at the Amamoor Creek Sate Forest Park.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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The official name of the camping site is Amamoor Creek camping area but locally is called the Camp Muster.

To find the start of the trail walk along Poulsens Rd and hike the trail in anticlockwise direction.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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The track meanders through open, eucalypt forest and through forest with an interesting mix of rainforest plants that grow in drier areas on poor quality soils.

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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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Aspect of the trail. Photo by Author.


It is recommended to avoid camping at Amamoor National Park sites before and during the music festival. The camping sites are packed with people attending the Gympie Muster which generally happens at the end of August and lasts four days.

Amamoor Creek Road.

Be prepared for a relaxing and scenic drive. The landscape is very idyllic with green hills and green pastures for the cattle. Take care driving since the cattle is often on the road or just at the edges.

Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
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Amamoor State Forest and National Park, Cedar Grove Hiking Trail; bunya Trees, Waterholes, Waterfall, Muster Gympie, Camping for the Muster Gympie Cedar Grove camping area, Amamoor Creek camping area, Bunya Nuts, Grade 4 Hikes, Lantana. Buttress, Balloon Cotton Bush, Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Almost sunset, a swirl in the sky. Photo by Author.
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Where: About 180km north of Brisbane, inland from the Sunshine Coast, 20km south-west of Gympie along the Amamoor Creek Road.
Your Comment
Good hiking spots, Cris!
by Elaine (score: 3|9006) 575 days ago
Great descriptive article Cris. Your photos give me the feeling of being there, which would be a great experience.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4373) 574 days ago
What a beautiful selection of trails and sights to see. great story
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5374) 574 days ago
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