In the rugged Conondale Range are some of Queensland's most popular and picturesque forests, including Kenilworth Forest Reserve.
Luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forest, mosaics of plantation forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery make this area well worth a visit. The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals.
The trail can be walked by several routes. From Charlie Moreland to Mount Allan and back to Charlie Moreland, which is 8.8 kilometres return (allow 4 hours). From Booloumba Creek to Mount Allan and then to Booloumba Creek, which is 4 kilometres return (allow 3 hours). From Charlie Moreland to Mount Allan and then to Booloumba Creek, which is 6.4 kilometres one-way with car pick-up (allow 3.5 hours).
A high level of fitness and bushwalking skills are required. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you should return.
Wear sturdy shoes, carry adequate clothing, water and snack food.
Supervise children at all times as natural areas have hazards with which children are unfamiliar: such as creeks, cliff edges, stinging plants and defensive wildlife.
Never dive into creeks or rock pools, as they contain submerged rocks and logs. Water depth is unpredictable. Rock surfaces can be slippery.
Bring plenty of water and drink tap water only.
Temperatures in the area exceed 30 degrees Celsius in summer and drop below zero in winter. Nights can be cool at any time.
The Mount Allan Trail features magnificent forests, deep gorges and spectacular views. The walk is uphill to the summit. At the top of Mount Allan visitors can climb the 9.6 metre fire tower for splendid 360 degree views of the Mary Valley and surrounding ranges. The walk is 11 kilometres long, has a hard degree of difficulty and will take approximately four and a half hours.
Try climbing the Mount Allan Trail is best walked in the cooler months of the year as this is a steep uphill walk. Carry plenty of water. The walk begins at Booloumba Creek day-use area and has link tracks from nearby Booloumba Creek camping areas.
How To Get There
From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, and take the Landsborough exit. Go through Maleny, and follow the signs for Kenilworth. On the way to Kenilworth, you pass through a small town called Conondale. Kenilworth is about 28 kilometres from the highway.
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