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Published June 22nd 2013
Picnic by the Rock Pools
Sunlight filtering through the tree tops
If you find yourself up Gympie way, looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 10 minute drive from Gympie's CBD, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools Day Area provides the perfect family friendly location for a BBQ or picnic. Tables, wood fired barbecues, water and toilets are all provided for your use on site.
Main rock pool at the Day Area
Set amongst a mixture of tall eucalypts and rainforest you can take the opportunity relax and unwind to the sound of water gently cascading over ancient granite outcrops. Or if you are feeling more energetic, enjoy one of the nature walks. There is a short 500m (20 min) forest walk or a rather more serious 3.5km (2 hours) walk to explore. Mothar Mountain also connects into the amazing Noosa Trails, which offers a whole selection of walking, horse riding and cycling trails. You can find all the info about the Noosa Trails on the Sunshine Coast Council website here
Creek varies in width and depth along the trail
Woondum and Boulder Creeks meet in a rock pool beside the day-use area, providing a wonderful place for a quick dip. It did get a little crowded on a summers day, and some more adventurous types preferred to venture further along the creek, but caution is advised as the rocks can get quite slippery. Varying depths in the water along the creek also suggest that this practice might be best reserved for the more experienced and fitter individuals. And naturally, never leave smaller children unattended.
The area is also home to the Lace Monitor or Lace Goanna as it is otherwise known. They have been know to help themselves to your picnic or BBQ, so best not to leave food unattended. The National Park would also appreciate you not deliberately feeding the Monitors as it is preferable that they learn to find their own natural food sources. Growing up to 2.1 metres long, they can bite if provoked, and do have a mild venom, so best to enjoy them from a safe distance.
Great article Tracie with plenty of really useful information.I also love the pics, especially the first one, the colours in the water are exquisite. I'll have to check this place out one day when I'm back up north.
Thank you Tracey for this wonderful article. I have moved to Gympie not long ago, and l have my son staying with me from Darwin over the Christmas period 2015 and l now know we can spend time here. What a glorious beautiful place.