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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Balloon cotton bush (Gomphocarpus physocarpus). 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.
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.
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.