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NOTE: This adventure is in Mooloolah River National Park for current Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service parks information, maps and essential park alerts click here

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Mooloolah River National Park: Mooloolah River Section

Mooloolah River National Park: Mooloolah River Section
Sippy Downs
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Trail type
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5.1km
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One-way

A wetlands park that is a great place to view coastal plants and animals, especially in drier, cooler months.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, especially bird lovers. Dogs are not permitted

HIGHLIGHTS
There are 4 trails through the Park – though note: none take you to the Mooloolah River. This marked route follows the Boronia, Aemula (banksia) and Littoralis (she-oak) Trails. This is a half out and back and half circuit loop with interesting glimpses toward the coast and the river wetlands.

This trail is an excellent example of the wet heath coastal habitat. During flower season it is a walk not to be missed. You’ll get to see yellow banksia flowers and bush peas and if you are super observant well-camouflaged rainbow bee-eaters with intense green orange and black features. You should also get to see and smell the fragrant boronia shrub.


There is a fifth trail (Trail 5) (accessible close to the Motorway) that is a sealed path suitable for recreational cyclists, wheelchairs and prams that follows the northern boundary. This sealed trail is the only one of the trails that provides cycle access in this national park.

This park is best explored during the drier winter months as tracks can be wet and a little boggy during summer and rainy periods. It’s also best visited early morning or late afternoon when wildlife is most active.

AFTERWARDS
Head to Brightwater where there is a great hotel plus wonderful parks (BBQ areas) and pathways around the canals.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Take the Sunshine Coast University exit off the Sunshine Coast motorway. Coming from the M1 the overpass (Dixon Road) will take you directly onto Claymore Road. Coming from the Coast after you exit turn left into Sippy Downs Drive and left again at the roundabout and at the T Junction turn right into Claymore Road.
Follow this road and after all the parkland on your left, take the first turn on your left, which is a continuation of Claymore Road. The walk starts at the end of the bitumen road where there is park signage.

To the end point: The end point is the same as your starting point.


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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
  • Icon showing this activity has drinking water availableDrinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity has a barbeque on siteBarbeque on site
  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
  • Icon showing this activity has toilets on siteToilets on site
  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking Suitable for walking black lines Suitable for walking
  • No drinking water available No drinking water available No drinking water available
  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
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    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
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    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
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