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Nature detox at Amamoor Creek—your weekend escape from the city

You know that feeling when you’re so done with the work week (and the month, and the year) but there’s no island holiday in your future? When you’re itching to get so far away that the daily grind is a distant memory, but you’ve only got two, maybe three days, to do it? Never fear, we have your burnout quick-fix all sorted and it’s only a couple of hours from Brisbane.

Throw the tent in the boot and head out of the city towards the tranquil surrounds of Amamoor State Forest, nestled in the peaceful Sunshine Coast hinterland. You won’t need to worry about a 4WD; your city car will get you to Amamoor’s camping areas just fine (you only need to keep an eye on the weather!).

Admire the views on the drive up through the mountain villages of Montville and Maleny, and stop in for a coffee at one of their many delightful cafes. Or drop into Eumundi Markets and pick up some delicious breads, dips, cheeses, local honey and perhaps some homemade sweets to fill out your camping menu.

Once you reach the park itself, you’ll find a patchwork of evergreen pines, towering gumtrees and riverine rainforest, with pristine Amamoor Creek winding through the middle of it all. The creek provides important habitat for many animals, including the shy platypus and several rare and endangered frogs.

Take a walk

Lush green rainforest fringes a rocky shallow creek.
The Amama walk | © Ross Naumann

Don’t forget to stop at the Amama day-use area on your way into the park so you can experience the beauty of the Amama walk. This 1.5km circuit leads you through a lush rainforest of curling vines and delicate ferns to a stunning little waterfall. Make sure you get some nice photos, then cool off with a dip in one of the waterholes.

Find your perfect camping spot

A fire pit is set in the wide open grassy space of a camping area, dotted with tall trees.
Amamoor Creek camping area | Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Continue through to Amamoor Creek camping area (after you’ve made your crazy cheap booking) and pitch your tent next to one of the fire rings. This spacious, grassy camping area is shaded by beautiful ironbarks and blue gums and has toilets and water taps (treat before drinking). Got a fur baby? Bring ‘em along! Dogs (on a leash) are permitted in this camping area.

And start exploring!

A small amenities building sits unobtrusively in the landscape behind a patch of revegetation and against a forest backdrop.
Amamoor Creek camping area | Trevor Hatfield © Queensland Government

Explore the park in your car or 4WD (the tracks are limited), or mountain bike along sun-dappled forest roads, then head back to camp for a tasty fireside dinner as you watch the stars come out. When you wake in the morning to a slowly-rising sun and joyful birdsong, we guarantee work will be the farthest thing from your mind.

If you’ve still got energy to burn once your micro-adventure at Amamoor has come to a close, take a detour on your trip home to your favourite Sunshine Coast beach for some seaside selfies and a splash in the ocean.

Then, when you get back to work on Monday morning, upload one of those waterfall pics as your desktop, for a warm and fuzzy reminder of your tranquil getaway every time you boot up!

Just the thing?

If this sounds like the nature escape you’re looking for, check out Amamoor State Forest for more information about the park and find the right camping option for your getaway. Always remember to check Park alerts before you head off.

Remember to book before you go!
Camping must be booked in advance.
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Last updated: 13 March 2020