Imbil is a great spot for a bit of weekend exploring and 4 wheeling. There’s plenty of tracks in the forest and there’s plenty more in the surrounding areas, enough to take a longer trip to the region and seeing where you can end up. Apart from the driving there are also heaps of great camp areas around the area.
Given there’s tracks everywhere in the forest, you should be able to find your way in from any direction. The most popular entry to the forest is via Charlie Moreland camp area. Head towards Kenilworth, a few k’s south of the town on Maleny Kenilworth Road turn onto Sunday Creek road, this will lead you right into the camping area. From here its a good starting point to begin exploring.
Alternatively you can take a longer route through Conondale or from Jimna. Take Boolumba Creek Rd and follow the trail through Conondale National Park which will loop you right back around to Charlie Moreland camp area from the west. From Jimna you enter the western side of Conondale then follow the trail up to Charlie Moreland.
Things to do
There’s plenty of tracks to explore if you just want to spend a weekend driving around. Charlie Moreland Camp sits next to the creek which is suitable for swimming, or if you’re up for a nicer swimming spot head to Booloumba Falls in Conondale NP. Its a bit of a walk in but defiantly worth it.
There are also a number of other walking trails and points of interest in the surrounding areas, depending how far you want to travel you’re sure to find something of interest to you.
3/5 The only thing stopping Imbil State Forest from getting top a adventure rank is it’s accessibility and campground. Since it’s so easy to get to it’s a popular spot and the camp ground being accessible by 2WD means even regular weekends you’ll have close neighbours.
The main forest road are reasonably easy going. There is a trail sign posted at Charlie Moreland camp ground, on the right just after exiting the back of the camp area. This is an un-maintained trail that follows and passes through the creek. Some sections are severely rutted out, there are tight turns, and a few shallow water crossings. This trail is great for a bit more excitement but good ground clearance is required.
There are a heap of other trails throughout the forest ranging in difficulty from easy dirt tracks to hardcore. It takes a little bit of exploring but you can find whatever track suits you in Imbil.
If you’re adventurous like us, you might find yourself on tracks not even marked on google maps and end up near Borumba Dam.
Camping at Charlie Moreland is accessible by 2WD so it does get popular. The campgrounds are a reasonably large grassy area. There are plenty of fire pits, very clean toilet amenities and the area is very nicely maintained. Alternatively there are camp areas close by at Conondale and Jimna.
Standard camping fees apply you’ll need to purchase a permit before getting to the camp grounds. Permits can be bought online and over the phone.
Take out what you bring in, there are no rubbish bit provided.
Mobile coverage is intermittent throughout the forest.
Information and Map https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/imbil/
Permit Booking phone 13 74 68 or www.parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits