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Peachester State Forest: Long Trail

Peachester
9.2km
Trail type
Skill Level
Length
Circuit

For those looking for something new and a challenge…experienced mountain bikers would enjoy.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for mountain bikers and horse riders – though note: it would be hard on a horse’s knees in parts. Walkers can do but it’s a dusty dry trail or a slippery muddy one when wet.

HIGHLIGHTS
The approach to this park via Reserve Lane is possibly the most attractive part of this adventure. As you turn into Reserve Lane, there is a beautiful Red Cedar tree on the left corner. You drive past avocado and custard apple orchards before coming to an old farm with split timber fencing. Peachester Forestry is an operational forestry with ongoing timber cutting – note the occasional yellow marked tree.

This park is used heavily by 4WD and trailbike enthusiasts. The marked route follows the ridge all the way down to a creek with palm trees and suitable water for horses.

Mountain bikers and horse riders can continue across or along the creek or turn tail and retrace your journey via the marked trail. When you get to the level plateau area you veer to the left and head west. You'll come to power lines then follow the dirt road north roughly parallel to the lines then around the perimetre of the park parallel to a macadamia plantation. Note: the north west corner has some seriously eroded areas.

This is mostly a dry forest with tall trees with very limited view, despite there being some steep drop-offs in certain sections. There are multiple side trails you can take in this park though it’s recommended to have a good sense of direction or a GPS.

The trail is very steep in parts and very rutted. A lot of the path has very fine silt in places which will quickly turn slippery when when wet.

Note there is very limited visibility in terms of oncoming vehicles or other adventurers. For walkers and horse riders there are many nicer, safer, quieter adventures to be found.

AFTERWARDS
For less strenuous and more scenic riding or walking head to the Glass House Mountains Conservation Park between D’Aguilar and Wamuran on the D’Aguilar Highway.

Mountain bikers might like to do a loop to and from Peachester to begin with, or carry on and head south out of Peachester State Forest to Mount Beerwah (possibly do a car shuttle)

HOW TO GET THERE
Head to Beerwah off Steve Irwin Way. Go straight through one roundabout till you get to Peachester Road. Turn left here and follow this road for approx 8.5 km till you get to Peachester itself, then turn left into Commissioners Flat Road. Approx 3 km later turn left into Reserve Lane on your left. Follow that road approx 800 m till the point where it meets the forest. Park your vehicle here for offloading your horsefloat or mountain bikes.

For those looking for something new and a challenge…experienced mountain bikers would enjoy.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for mountain bikers and horse riders – though note: it would be hard on a horse’s knees in parts. Walkers can do but it’s a dusty dry trail or a slippery muddy one when wet.

HIGHLIGHTS
The approach to this park via Reserve Lane is possibly the most attractive part of this adventure. As you turn into Reserve Lane, there is a beautiful Red Cedar tree on the left corner. You drive past avocado and custard apple orchards before coming to an old farm with split timber fencing. Peachester Forestry is an operational forestry with ongoing timber cutting – note the occasional yellow marked tree.

This park is used heavily by 4WD and trailbike enthusiasts. The marked route follows the ridge all the way down to a creek with palm trees and suitable water for horses.

Mountain bikers and horse riders can continue across or along the creek or turn tail and retrace your journey via the marked trail. When you get to the level plateau area you veer to the left and head west. You'll come to power lines then follow the dirt road north roughly parallel to the lines then around the perimetre of the park parallel to a macadamia plantation. Note: the north west corner has some seriously eroded areas.

This is mostly a dry forest with tall trees with very limited view, despite there being some steep drop-offs in certain sections. There are multiple side trails you can take in this park though it’s recommended to have a good sense of direction or a GPS.

The trail is very steep in parts and very rutted. A lot of the path has very fine silt in places which will quickly turn slippery when when wet.

Note there is very limited visibility in terms of oncoming vehicles or other adventurers. For walkers and horse riders there are many nicer, safer, quieter adventures to be found.

AFTERWARDS
For less strenuous and more scenic riding or walking head to the Glass House Mountains Conservation Park between D’Aguilar and Wamuran on the D’Aguilar Highway.

Mountain bikers might like to do a loop to and from Peachester to begin with, or carry on and head south out of Peachester State Forest to Mount Beerwah (possibly do a car shuttle)

HOW TO GET THERE
Head to Beerwah off Steve Irwin Way. Go straight through one roundabout till you get to Peachester Road. Turn left here and follow this road for approx 8.5 km till you get to Peachester itself, then turn left into Commissioners Flat Road. Approx 3 km later turn left into Reserve Lane on your left. Follow that road approx 800 m till the point where it meets the forest. Park your vehicle here for offloading your horsefloat or mountain bikes.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • No drinking water available
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 15/11/2019

Our horses handled the trail with ease. Wouldn't go if wet. Lack of any signage is a disadvantage. Turn right at power pole 5116 ( or continue on a bit for a great view of Mt Beerwah). Completed walking pace in about 2 hours.

Reviewed By: Peter

Safety

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    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
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Maintenance and Enquiries

Qld Parks and Wildlife Service

National Parks, Conservation Parks and some State Forests are managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Contact details are: https://www.des.qld.gov.au/contactus/

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