Biggenden - National Parks
Mount Walsh National Park
Rising to 703m above sea level, Mount Walsh National Park is a rugged park with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. The “Bluff” area of Mount Walsh at the park’s northern end is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area. Facilities: Enjoy a picnic or barbecue below The Bluff. A shelter shed, toilets, barbecue and tank water are provided in the picnic ground next to the park. Bush camping is permitted in the park. No facilities are provided so visitors must be totally self-sufficient. Take a fuel stove. Open fires are not permitted. Camping may be closed in periods of high fire danger. Take plenty of drinking water.
Most of this rugged park is suitable only for experienced, well-equipped bushwalkers with sound bush skills. WARNING: Granite rocks are slippery when wet. Wear shoes with good grip or avoid walking during or after rain. A 300m trail leads from the picnic area through open forest to a rocky creek gully fringed with dry rainforest. Continue 200m to the treeline for views over the surrounding countryside. Only experienced walkers should attempt the 2.5 hour hike to the summit of Mt Walsh.
Woowoonga National Park
Picnic or barbecue beside a rocky creek adjacent to the National Park. On a clear day spectacular views of Binjour Plateau, Burnett Ranges, Fraser Island and Biggenden township are possible. Facilities: A Council picnic shelter, tank water and a wood barbecue are provided. There are no toilets. Bush camping is prohibited. Accommodation is available in nearby Biggenden.
Bushwalking can be enjoyed at Mt Woowoonga but it is a challenging landscape and is only recommended for the fit and experienced hiker. The trail to the lookout is an average gradient of 100 but the gradient increases to 300 to 400 on the section from the lookout to the summit. Take a compass and follow the red markers. Start your walk near the picnic area. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take water and stay on the trail. Allow 3hours for the return trip to the summit.
Coalstoun Lakes National Park
Turn off the Isis Highway 20km south of Biggenden or 4km north of Coalstoun Lakes into Crater Lakes Road. Follow the gravel track to the base of the northern crater. Rising 200m above a broad cultivated valley, Mt Le Brun contains two large craters which occasionally fill with shallow lakes. The lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station. The crater lakes are protected in Coalstoun Lakes National Park. Facilities: There are no facilities in this park and camping is prohibited. This is a park for birdwatching and nature study.
Walking: Leave your car at the base of the mountain where the crater trail begins and walk up the steep outer side of the northern crater for a great view over the vine forest and crater. Continue down into the crater. Allow 30 minutes to traverse the trail which is approximately 1km return. As you head up the northern crater you will see the patch of brigalow scrub next to the park. Wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid being scratched by prickly shrubs in the vine thicket.