Coochin Creek Camping Area - Camping Review

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Coochin Creek Camping Area

Beerwah State Forest.
Review by Jessica van der Torre.

Great Points:

  • Close to Brisbane
  • Great fishing spot
  • Flat and grassy campground along the river
  • Swimming area
  • Fire pits at each site

Not so Great Points:

  • Mozzies galour at sundown!
  • Campsites are quite small
  • Campsites close by each other
  • Composting Toilets, No Showers, No Bins
  • No boat ramp at the site

About Beerwah State Forest

Beerwah State Forest is home to exotic pine plantations, open eucalypt forest, rainforest and coastal wallum remnants. Short walks explore the forests and lead to spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area. There are recreation opportunities in these parks for four-wheel-driving, trail bike riding, horse riding and mountain bike riding on established forest roads.

Campsites and Access

The Coochin Creek camping area can be found approximately 1 hour (85km) North of Brisbane, in the Beewah State Forest. Traffic travelling north from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway can no longer turn right into Roys Road. Instead, continue north to Caloundra interchange and return southbound on the Bruce Highway to the Roys Road turnoff. Once on the eastern side of the highway, Roys road winds through tall plantation forests before arriving at the campground that is well sign-posted from the road. Conventional 2WD vehicles can access the camping area and Roys road is sealed for a majority of the drive.

The campsite itself is a spacious, flat and grassy area backing onto Coochin creek, a wide, gentle river lined with shady eucalypt bush and mangroves. A concrete path from the campsite winds down to the creek, where a set of stairs provide easy access for a refreshing dip, or to launch a kayak etc. The campground is well shaded by tall gums and some light bush; and a cool breeze can be felt flowing off the river.

Coochin creek camping area includes 21 sites that did not appear to be numbered. A booking is required through the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website (see the 'make a booking' link in the sidebar). We observed that the individual sites are quite small and in close proximity to each other, making this site ideal for a group camping trips utilising multiple camp sites. Round firepits are included at each designated site, and must be used for any open fires. Please note that campers need to bring their own firewood as penalties do apply for collecting wood from the forest. Despite the fact that most sites are fairly small, there are larger sites specifically designated for caravans and trailers.

From our own experience in this area, we strongly recommend that you bring strong bug repellent as the mosquitoes can be quite vicious at sundown. This can vary at different times of the year and the swarms generally disappear once the sun is down. As such, it should not be an issue for the prepared camper who carries a range of mosquito combat gear!

Amenities and Facilities

The amenities at Coochin creek include composting toilets and tank water (must be boiled before consuming). As with most state camping areas, there are no showers or bins and campers are required to remove their rubbish when they leave.

The day use area sits adjacent to the camping area and includes gas BBQs and wooden tables that can be used by campers as well.


What to Pack

Ensure you pack the Insect Repellent! You will also need lots of drinking water, a fuel stove, firewood for the pits, rubbish bags and sunscreen. Pack the fishing gear, your togs and the boat. You should have mobile reception here as well.

Other Things to Know

This appeared to be a relaxing spot that would suit campers that enjoy boating, fishing and swimming. A boat ramp is located approximately 1km from the campground, however for those without boats, there are some adequate fishing spots along the creek at the campground. Additionally, several popular fishing spots are also located along the Pumicestone Passage, 5km further along Roys road from the campground turn off (see our Day Use Area Guide for photos).
Please note that dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted at the campground.

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