Conondale is one of the few great camping spots we have in south-east Queensland with a little something for any level of four-wheeler. The Conondale National Park trails pass through a diversity of beautiful bush and rainforest, while being close by and easy access to Bellthorpe National Park and Imbil State Forest. The park is perfect for visit anytime of the year and is a popular spot around holidays and the summer months. A single night weekend trip is ample for the park, however if you want to explore the surrounding areas give yourself a minimum of 2 nights.
There’s a number of ways into the park, for the more adventurous you can start in Bellthorpe NP or Imbil State Forest and work your way towards Conondale’s camping areas. The NPSR map shows a good outline of the routes you can take. If you’re looking to get into camp then explore from there, turn onto Booloumba Creek Rd from Maleny-Kenilworth Rd. Once you hit dirt road, the camp areas are only a short easy drive.
The driving is easy to medium. The creek crossings after heavy rain can become flooded but normally they are shallow and have a firm base. Continuing along Booloumba Creek Rd after the camp areas the track is very easy and suitable for most vehicles and any level of driver.
Things to do
The creeks and waterfalls provide a great place for a swim and several walking tracks traverse through the forest providing views of the picturesque creeks.
Take out what you bring in, no rubbish bin are provided. Mobile coverage in the park is not to be relied upon. Be mindful of snakes and ticks during the warmer months.
Information and Map www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/sundown
Permit Booking phone 13 74 68 or www.parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits
In the warmer months bring insect repellant, the camping areas line the creek banks. In cooler periods remember to bring your own firewood as there’s no collecting in National Parks. Supplies, if needed are an easy trip out to the road and north a few minutes to Kenilworth.
Three camping areas provide choice of camping style. Camping area 4 provides large open space suited to campervans or larger groups. Area 3 is situated right on the creek bank, nestled in between the trees providing shade throughout the day. Area 1 is situated very close to the creek and provides slightly larger and more open space than area 3. All the campsites are easy to access and fires are allowed in fire rings. All the campsites have toilets and water however it is not suitable for drinking without treating. Camp area 1 provides cold shower facilities.
Camping permits are required for the park and are best to be purchased via phone or online before hand.
2/5. Conondale itself provides easy going driving and a great place to camp. A trip to the area can be made more adventurous by exploring some of the nearby areas.