Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Walk on the Wild Side; Here's How to Take the Region's Natural Beauty in Your Stride

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Walk on the Wild Side; Here's How to Take the Region's Natural Beauty in Your Stride

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1. Amamoor State Forest

Location: 20km south-west of Gympie, along Amamoor Creek Rd

Amama day-use area

Amama walk - 1.5km return (allow 40 minutes) Class 4. Explore lush rainforest with buttressed trees, vines, ferns and mossy rocks. Along the rainforest-lined creek, look for the teardrop-shaped birds' nests which overhang the creek.

Cedar Grove camping area

Rainforest walk - 1km return (allow 30 mins) Class 3. A large swimming hole and sub-tropical rainforest featuring large red cedars, figs and a piccabeen palm grove are found here. Along the creek are tall forest oaks.

Cedar Grove hiking trail - 4.6km return (allow four hours) Class 4. A hiking trail branches off the rainforest walk and through open forest. The track crosses Amamoor Creek and returns to the camping area.

Amamoor Creek camping area

Amamoor Creek hiking trail - 2.5km return (allow 2.5 hours) Class 4. The track meanders through open, eucalypt forest and through forest with a mix of rainforest plants that grow in drier areas on poor quality soils.

2. Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests

Location: Near Glasshouse town - Bruce Hwy and Steve Irwin Way.

Glasshouse Mountains lookout track - 800m return (45 minutes) Class 3. The lookout is about 10km from the Glasshouse town. It offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island.

A short walking track starting at the lookout leads through open scribbly gum forest, down through a wet eucalypt forest gully and returns back to the lookout. There are picnic tables, toilets and free gas barbecues at the start of the track.

Wild Horse Mountain lookout track - 1.4km return (allow one hour) Class 3. The Wild Horse Mountain lookout is in Beerburrum State Forest, east of the Bruce Hwy. The turnoff is signed Wild Horse Mountain summit lookout exit, and Exit 171. Drive along Johnston Rd to the lookout.

Wild Horse Mountain offers a paved track to the lookout from the car park. It features 360-degree views of Pumicestone Passage, coastal plains and the Glasshouse Mountains.

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