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Ben Bennett Bushland Park

Ben Bennett Bushland Park
Caloundra
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Trail type
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1.3km
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Enjoy pathways and vegetation variety through this 21 hectare bush reserve in central Caloundra.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers out to see a range of native bush types in a small area.

HIGHLIGHTS
This hidden gem is so close to town yet feels like a natural bushland track. Perfect for those who like to leave the car at home as it's a five to ten minute walk from alot of the Caloundra residents.

There are about a dozen interesting trails through the park ranging from 800m to 1100m return. (See maps at the Queen St entrance.) Start with the perimeter loop through several different vegetation zones. The Middle third is a rich rainforest. Other flora you'll encounter include: eucalyptus Melaleuca woodland, paperbarks, dry and wet heath, giant Tallowwood and Bribie Island Pines.

The park is a great place for bird watching and because of the botanical species in the park, it’s part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival held each August.

Note: During summer some of the lower tracks may be underwater.

All in all, this is a very family friendly and central piece of peacefulness with toilets, electric BBQ, tables and huts, medium grassed area and bitumen parking.

AFTERWARDS
Head to Kings Beach for a swim or the The Esplanade at Caloundra for refreshments – both locations are close by and part of the Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway, which you can walk or cycle.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Ben Bennett Bushland Park (Also referred to as Botanial Park) is located just east of Nicklin Way. (But not accessible form Nicklin Way.) You need to access it from Queen Street. On the left hand side as you are going up the hill, just past Caloundra High School there is a sign for Ben Bennett Bushland Park. There you will see bitumen parking spaces and an information board.

To the end point:The end point is the same as your starting point. You can go in and back or do a larger circuit going via surburban roads and streets, coming out on Arthur Street or West Terrace.

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  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
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  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
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  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 30/11/2018

So much to see in this beautiful reserve - heaps of birdlife, almost guaranteed to see lace monitors and if you are walking through in late autumn/early winter you can hear wallum froglets calling in the wetland. Easy walking and a great way to get some exercise and reconnect with nature.

Reviewed By: Julie

Review Date: 28/11/2018

Great, easy walk. The wide trails were perfect for walking my dog. Make sure you pick-up a brochure at the trail head to learn more about the species in the park.

Reviewed By: Wendy

Review Date: 14/11/2018

Tranquil and rewarding tracks so close to the Caloundra CBD with bench seats to sit, close your eyes and zone out for a moment or two. There is an abundance of birdlife and butterflies, evidence of koalas, (tree scratchings) and goannas patrolling their territory. Undoubtably, the star of the show is the Giant Tallowwood that somehow survived the logging period and sets an imposing figure despite the imperfect posture. Maybe this posture was the reason this tree survived. I am lucky enough to work within walking distance of Ben Bennett Park. What a bonus to be able to have this gem to reinvigorate me several times a week. The trees regularly solve problems for me without me even asking them. Defo’ worth a visit.

Reviewed By: John

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Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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