Explore Nature WBE

Mary River & Tributaries

The Mary River is an exceptional canoeing experience with many entry points throughout the Mary Valley and Gympie.  The river system includes many creeks where you can experience the serenity of floating down Yabba Creek or the Mary River in your canoe. The river system winds through patches or rainforest, eucalypt forest and open farmland. As you drift along, throw in a line or simply take in the abundant wildlife of Mary Valley Country. Watch for playful platypus, endangered lungfish, Mary River cod, the unique Mary River turtle and Azure kingfishers.

Lake Borumba - Mary Valley

With access to a raft of recreational experiences Lake Borumba, 11kms from Imbil, offers a relaxing and affordable holiday option.  Borumba is the perfect spot for picnics, fishing, water sports and camping.  Pack a picnic and come for a day trip or camp beside the magnificent 370 hectare lake or at camping facilities nearby.  Go lure or fly fishing for the acrobatic Saratoga, perch and feisty bass on the calm waters of Lake Borumba. Why not drop in a few pots for a feed of Red Claws. These tasty yabbies abound in Borumba Dam. Please note the Mary River Cod and the Queensland Lung Fish are totally protected in the entire Mary River Catchment. This includes Borumba Dam and Yabba Creek. If you should catch one of these fish, please release as quickly and gently as possible. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required to fish at Borumba Dam which can be purchased in Imbil as several outlets. For more information, download the Mary Valley fishing and bush walking activity sheets on the Maps and Guides’ page at www.maryvalleycountry.com.au.

Gympie Rock Pools

Picnic beside the cool Mothar Mountain Rock Pools where Woondum and Boulder Creeks meet.  Fifteen minutes southeast of Gympie Relax amongst granite boulders, shady wet eucalypt forests and sub-tropical rainforests at this popular retreat near Gympie.  Stroll along a short walk featuring large turpentine trees and a rock hop across Bounder Creek. Explore diverse forest types on the off road tracks in the Woondum Forest Reserve. Picnic tables, BBQ’s, firewood, water and amenities are provided.

Kinbombi Falls - Goomeri

Sign posted off the Wide Bay Highway, about six kilometers east of Goomeri, are Kinbombi Falls. A well-constructed walking track leads to a deep natural pool, at the base of dry falls at this popular retreat. Turtles are regularly seen here. An easy track skirts the top of the gorge, offering breathtaking views. A large picnic area with tables, barbeques, toilets and plenty of parking makes this a great spot for a family picnic on a hot summer’s day.

Lake Poona - Cooloola Coast

From Rainbow Beach Road, take Freshwater Road, about ten kilometres before Rainbow Beach to the Bymien Picnic Area. From here, take the two kilometre walking track through lush rainforest to Lake Poona, with its beautiful sandy white beach. The freshwater lake, perched in the sand dunes is a rare spectacle of nature and unique feature of this region.

Seary's Creek - Cooloola Coast

Discover refreshing swimming holes at Seary’s Creek day rest area on Rainbow Beach Road, seven and a half kilometre south of Rainbow Beach. The one hundred metre wheel chair accessible timber boardwalk passes through heath and low woodland.

Wolf Rock - Cooloola Coast

Wolf Rock is a popular scuba diving site north of Double Island Point.  It is part of the Great Sandy Marine Park and has a 1.5km protection zone around the formation to protect the critically endangered grey nurse sharks.  Wolf Rock is a critical habitat for the species where they can be found all year round.  The grey nurse grows to a size of around three metres, they look quite fierce but are actually quite a harmless species of shark.  The formation of four volcanic pinnacles is perfect for multi-level diving with plenty of vertical gutters andoverhanging ledges to explore.