Activities in the Conondale Range Area
Forest Drive Circuit
Distance: 37km return [allow 3-5hrs]
This drive, best begun at Charlie Moreland campground, is a fantastic overview of what the Conondale Ranges have to offer. Travel the steep and winding roads to discover a variety of forest types, creeks, waterfalls and ridgetop lookouts. During this drive you have the opportunity to stop and enjoy various forest walks.
Westward to Jimna from Charlie Moreland Campground *
Distance: 21km one way [allow 3-5hrs]
A trip to Jimna provides a wider appreciation of the history, forest types and land uses in the Conondales. You will also find another popular campground, walks, and the imposing Jimna fire tower. This tower, the highest in Queensland at 44m, is an impressive structure with a commanding view, accessible to those with a good head for heights. The enclosed staircase lifts the intrepid climber high above the surrounding landscape. Sightseeing from the viewing platform gives a 360-degree panorama encompassing most of the Jimna region and surrounding ranges and Hoop Pine plantations.
* Jimna can also be accessed from Brisbane via the D'Aguilar Highway to Kilcoy [approx 130km]
Day Use Areas
Charlie Moreland Day Use Area
The Picnic/Day-use area is a popular spot right next to Little Yabba Creek. Here you'll find a shaded BBQ area and picnic tables plus a great swimming hole.
Booloumba Creek Day Use Area [Area 2]
This is a very popular picnic area in a scenic rainforest and creek setting. Area 2 is designated for day use only [no camping] and offers secluded picnic tables and BBQ's right next to Booloumba Creek with a popular swimming hole for hot summer days.
Little Yabba Day Use Area
On the Kenilworth/Maleny Road this picnic area is set on the banks of Little Yabba Creek, with numerous picnic tables and shady trees.
Mountain biking is an exciting sport that can be enjoyed at many different levels - from the exploration of wild places to leisurely social rides over forest tracks and trails. Combine this with the beauty of the Conondale Range and you have an experience that's unbeatable. There are generally three areas in which to ride in the Conondales - Curramore or Bellthorpe areas and Charlie Moreland Park and surrounds.
More detailed information on activities in the area is available in 'Walking on the Wilder Side' - the latest publication by the Conondale Range Committee.