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Camping in Beerwah State Forest

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 23rd 2019
Coochin Creek Camping Area
Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
A boutique-style camping area in the Beerwah State Forest


Hubby and I recently came across Coochin Creek camping area, whilst out and about with the Camel Cuddles Farm Tour. A 'boutique-style' camping area is what springs to mind as an apt description for Coochin Creek camping, referring to the only twenty-one camp sites, rather than the facilities, which appear to be on the 'lean' side. I'm sure my readers might remember that my idea for a holiday, if it must be camping, would be to go the glamping route. My favourite mantras are: 'not working harder on holiday, than at home' and 'one does not go on holiday to lose weight'.

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
Important camping info to read on entering Coochin Camping


The up-side to the Coochin Creek camping area, located in the Beerwah State Forest, is that this area is perfect for visitors - campers and day visitors - who love fishing and exploring the waterways, in canoes and small boats. Coochin Creek flows into the sheltered waters of the Pumicestone passage in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. The Coochin Creek camping site can be found on Roys Road, about three kilometres upstream from the Pumicestone Passage. The proximity to suburbia is a bonus, especially if one has forgotten to pack something i.e. matches for the camp fire, drinking water and other important 'stuff'. The camp sites are numbered and individual camp site details are provided so that visitors can book the site most suitable for their tent, camper trailer, camper van or caravan.

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
Neat and tidy


Another bonus: holidaymakers can reach the camping area with conventional vehicles - no bundu-bashing vehicles required here.

A terraced area provides vantage points for fishing from the creek bank. A boat ramp is located about one kilometre from the camping area, whilst canoes or kayaks can be launched into the creek too, more than likely from the terraced area.

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
Coochin Creek is perfect for fishing and canoeing


The facilities at Coochin Creek include communal fire rings; water (though the water provided is not suitable for drinking purposes) and wheelchair-accessible composting toilets. Open fires are permitted at Coochin Creek but only in the fire rings that are provided. Campers are advised to bring their own clean-milled firewood and/or a fuel stove. It is illegal to collect wood from the State forest. Generator use is not permitted in the Beerwah State Forest.

Domestic animals are not permitted at Coochin Creek camping area.

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
Definitely a water-sport enthusiast


Necessities to bring with to Coochin Creek

Adequate drinking water (as mentioned earlier, the water provided at the park is unsuitable for drinking)
Fuel stove
Clean-milled firewood
Rubbish bags to remove rubbish
Insect repellant and a first-aid kit
Sunscreen, hats and long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
Mobile phone (mobile phone coverage in this area is very poor)
Suitable shoes

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
A very well organised camper, they even have their own solar panels


Beerwah State Forest is open twenty-four hours a day and visitors are cautioned to only bush walk, drive or ride through the State Forest during daylight hours.
Camping permits are required and camping fees do apply. Book your camp site online here.

Even though I'm not a huge camping fan, there are a few distinct advantages to camping at Coochin Creek camping area (from my perspective)

Fewer camp sites make for more congenial camping - meet your neighbours-style camping
Close to suburbia - no need to stress about leaving something at home
Accessible by conventional vehicles
Great for short-term getaways
Close to Aussie World and the Glasshouse Mountains - in case one needs to get out and about
Short walks in the area to explore the forests

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
Picnic tables and gas BBQ's for day visitors


Disadvantages (my perspective)

I wouldn't be happy without shower facilities - hence my 'great for short-term getaways';
Our furry family members are not permitted. But we do have other options i.e. Australian Adventure Park, though a bit further up the track;
Mozzies could be a problem, hence the pre-requisite insect repellant

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
All camp sites are very clearly marked


For day visitors there are picnic tables, wheelchair-accessible toilets and gas barbecues at both the Coochin Creek day-use area as well as at the Glass House Mountains lookout day-use area.

School holidays are just around the corner and if you haven't managed to secure a getaway for the family yet, Coochin Creek camping in the Beerwah State Forest might just be a great short-term option.

All images courtesy of author

Camping in Beerwah State Forest, Coochin Creek camping area, only 21 camp sites, campers, day visitors, fishing, canoeing, Pumicestone passage, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Roys Road, tents, camper trailers, camper vans, caravans, conventional vehicles, boat ramp, communal fire rings, wheelchair-accessible composting toilets, open fires, fuel stove, no domestic animals, insect repellant, first-aid kit, sunscreen, mobile phone, suitable shoes, open 24 hours a day, camping permits required, Aussie World, Glasshouse Mountains, no showers, picnic tables, gas BBQ's, school holidays, long weekends
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Why? For a fabulous short-term getaway - great for fishing and kayaking
When: Open 24/7, so anytime you're keen on a getaway
Where: Take the Bells Creek exit, turn right into Roys Road and drive about 4km to the turn-off to Coochin Camping Area road
Cost: Please see QLD National Parks website for camping fees
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I like the limited camping area.. very relaxing and away from the crowds
by Barry (score: 3|1062) 30 days ago
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