The Mount Rooper Circuit in Conway National Park passes through low woodland growing in shallow, stony clay soils. Lophostemons, grass trees and wattles are prominent. The grass trees can grow to four metres. Their pale yellow flowers produced on spear-like stalks provide food for many insects.
Mount Rooper Lookout has a panoramic vista of the Whitsunday Passage and islands. A two kilometre track connects to the Swamp Bay track where open forest gives way to lowland rainforest.... more
A rocky outcrop halfway down this track forms a natural lookout over Swamp Bay. Signs here describe Indigenous use of selected plants in this area.
The Swamp Bay track follows the creek at the foot of Mount Rooper. The creek, like most here, flows only in the wet. The refreshing view is across Molle Passage to the Molle islands.... less
The Conway Range is remote so carry a first aid kit and know how to use it. Be careful near cliff edges and keep to the tracks.
Carry and drink ample water, especially when walking up steep slopes in humid conditions.
Avoid passing near soil mounds containing Jumper Ants nests and reduce exposure to srub ticks by avoiding thick undergrowth.
Keep to the track to avoid leaves of Gympie gympie/ moonlighter (stinging tree).
Lifesavers do not patrol Coral Beach or Swamp Bay, so never swim alone. Protect yourself from marine stingers, especially from October to May.
Best to walk between April and September when conditions are less likely to be very wet or too dry.
How To Get There
Turn off the Bruce Highway one kilometre north of Proserpine or 65 kilometres south of Bowen, then travel 26 kilometres to Airlie Beach. Do not take the turnoff to Conway Beach as there is no access to the park from Conway township.
From Airlie Beach, follow Shute Harbour Road south-east for 6.5 kilometres to the Conway Park picnic day-use area. You can leave your car there or further on at the Mount Rooper car park.
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