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Published September 29th 2021
Discover Eungella Walking and Hiking
Eungella National Park offers more than 20km of walking tracks, ranging from 30 minute easy walks to half-day and day walks.
Before setting up to walk and hike make sure to have all the necessary hiking gear. Carry with you a map, you can download maps on the Eungella National Park official website:
The Wiri people of the Birri Gubba area made pathways along creeks and rivers in the Eungella, their traditional homeland. Later, prospectors and pastoralists used the same trails to explore the landscape. The beauty and the diversity of Eungella were noted, with tall palm trees, beds of moss, many varieties of orchids and ferns,
Wear insect repellent and sturdy shoes when walking. When planning a walk, allow time to return along the same track to your starting point. You can also arrange to be picked up or dropped off at parking areas or track access points. Make sure to consider your level of fitness and the weather. Allow more time to rest, stop to spot wildlife or taking photos and return to your starting point.
Walking in the forest is an opportunity to learn about Eungella National Park, the importance of water in the forest and how the trees and the animals are all interconnected.
Sky Window Circuit
Sky Window Circuit, class 2, 250 m long, allow ten minutes. Easy and very level track. Sky Window Circuit connects with Cedar Grove Track and Pine Grove Circuit. The starting point is at Sky Window car park, just off Eungella Dam Road, about 3 km from Broken River Visitor Information Centre.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More at the start of the Pine Grove Circuit. Photo by Author.
Cedar Grove Track, class 4, 2.8 km long, allow one hour and a half. Moderate level of fitness required due to short uphill sections and stairs. Start the trail at Sky Window car park or Pine Grove car park.
During this walk, you come across the iconic fig tree arch and if you like, take photos under the strangler fig tree arch.
Pine Grove Circuit, class 4, 1.6 km length, allow one hour. Starting from the Pine Grove carpark, near the town of Eungella, just off the Eungella Dam Road. You can also start the trail at the Sky Window car park. An easy and pleasant walk in the rainforest.
When I hiked with the group Hiking South East Qld and More, I started the trail at the Sky Window Circuit. I hiked Cedar Grove Track and I included Pine Grove Circuit. From Pine Grove Circuit, I reached the heart of Eungella township. Nearby there is the Chalet serving coffee and refreshments and we decided to visit the chalet. We returned on the same trail to the Sky Window car park.
Granite Bend Circuit, class 3, 1.6 km circuit, allow about 40 minutes. The trail is very level, easy for most of the walkers. Start the walk from the Broken River picnic area, near the Broken River Visitor Information Centre. You can see many livistona palms in the forest.
Crediton Creek Track, class 4, eight km one way, allow about three hours each way. A moderate level of fitness is required to tackle some slopes. It is possible to organise a shuffle and do the walk one-way direction. Start the walk at Wishing Pool Circuit or Broken River Visitor area. The trail runs parallel to the creek all along. It is possible to catch glimpses of the creek between the trees and vegetation of the forest.
Near the Broken River visitor area, there is a platform to observe the platypuses.
The start of Crediton Creek Track at Wishing Pool car park, off Eungella Dam Road, south of Broken River visitor area. Photo by Author.
Hiking gear: a hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, light raincoat, recommended hiking ankle supportive boots, first aid kit, insect repellent (give preference to cream or roll-on that are more environmentally friendly than the spray), hat, sunscreen, gloves, walking poles if you like to use them, socks protectors or gaiters.
Consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the bush.
Bring a medium day backpack with lots of water, especially if it's a hot day and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration.
You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!