Conondale National Park, Kenilworth

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Conondale National Park is 130 km north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland near the town of Conondale in the south east Queensland bioregion. The park covers an area of 35,648 hectares protecting large areas of subtropical rainforest, woodlands, wet and dry sclerophyll forest including Queensland’s tallest tree. The park contains areas of regenerating forest which have been previously logged; areas of forest plantations also border the park. The park is currently managed by the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sports and Racing (NPRSR) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.Since the 1860s the Conondale region has been impacted by land clearing for agriculture, mining and logging, today the park is a refuge for many species now rare and threatened. Threatened species such as the plumed frogmouth, giant barred frog, Conondale crayfish, spotted-tailed quoll, Gympie nut and richmond birdwing butterfly have been recorded in the park and are currently targeted for conservation management to mitigate threats to their survival. Species of interest include the southern gastric brooding frog which mysteriously disappeared in 1981 and is presumed extinct.
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  • We've been several times, days trips only, never over crowded. Always plenty of room to move, swim or have a BBQ. Beautiful part of Queensland. Have done the walk to Gold Mine and driven to falls. Sno...  more »
  • Stopped in the National Park and went for a long walk. Lovely relaxing scenery and pleasant walking.  more »
  • Leave only your footprints. Big bush walks. Awesome spot. Was just the place to kick off our free camping Rd trip. Shhhhh  more »
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  • The great Australian bush! Lovely green fresh water. Wildlife galore! 4wd access needed if lots of recent rain
  • Beautiful place to visit.. Great for swimming and day drives..
  • Great hiking lots of trails. I did not have enough time there
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  • My partner and I just completed the trail from Booloumba Day area (2) to Wongai Walkers Camp. We stayed overnite there before returning the next day. The first couple of km's follows the Booloumba Creek as it snakes it way through the park. There are a few spots to go out to the bank and look back over the gorge. Breathtaking views, crystal clear water flowing over hundreds of colourful river rocks. As you approach the Artist Cascade the track narrows and becomes quite 'wild'. We actually lost the track a couple of time but that was mainly due to there being a storm a few days earlier and trees had fallen all over the track. Artist cascades is worth the trip approx five km's from the start. We stopped and enjoyed our lunch there. From here, this is where the track is trecherous and dangerous and is signposted for experienced walkers only. It is about 4 km's of uphill on a track that winds it way up, track is narrow with steep drop offs to one side. Rocks, roots, fallen branches underfoot. I was carrying 15kg pack, My partner carrying 20kg. Hard going but absolutely worth it. Booloumba falls is en route as is the Bread Knife. Wongai Walkers Camp has tank water and a toilet. Of the three sites I saw (we stayed in the last one, bigger & flatter) each one had a low slatted timber table to sit on, set up stove etc. Well worth the journey. About a 22km round trip.