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River walk

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River walk

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

Legend

Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (built) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

You’ll be serenaded by fairy-wrens on this shaded and peaceful walk along the Gregory River.

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Cast a line into the Gregory River after enjoying the easy River walk.
Cast a line into the Gregory River after enjoying the easy River walk. © Chris Whitelaw
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After a bite to eat at Hoppy Lark’s day-use area, grab your kids and their fishing gear and head through the shaded forest on this wheelchair- and pram-friendly track. Keep an eye out for Goodwood gums—they’re only found here. Their smooth, mottled-grey bark makes them easy to spot among the other trees.

Wrens, woodswallows and fairy-wrens will lead the way to a viewing area over the picturesque Gregory River. Here’s where you have the best chance of catching a mangrove jack for dinner … and seeing the river’s waterbirds feeding in the shallows.

At a glance

Distance: 1.2km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 20mins walking time.
Grade:
Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The River walk is in Burrum Coast National Park, 46km north of Maryborough or 57km south of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area. The park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections.

The River walk is in the Woodgate section of the park and is accessible by conventional vehicle.

From the south to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Bruce Highway north to Childers and turn right onto Goodwood Road.
  • Travel 18km along Goodwood Road then turn right on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate, follow Walkers Point Road 6km through the park to the town of Walkers Point.
  • Follow Manly Smith Road for 200m and turn right onto Heidkes Road, and drive 9.6km on gravel before turning left onto Hoppy Lark's Creek Road and driving a further 700m to the day-use area and the start of the River walk.
  • Alternatively, take the shorter trip on gravel road from Woodgate township, driving 9km along Woodgate Road then turning left onto Heidkes Road and driving 3.6km on gravel to Hoppy Lark's Creek Road. Follow the road 700m to the day-use area and the start of the River walk.

From the north to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Isis Highway south from Bundaberg and turn east onto Walker Street.
  • Drive 2.4km then turn right onto Barolin Street towards Goodwood and Burrum Coast.
  • Follow Barolin Street and Goodwood Road for 34km and turn left on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate, follow Walkers Point Road 6km through the park to the town of Walkers Point.
  • Follow Manly Smith Road for 200m and turn right onto Heidkes Road, and drive 9.6km on gravel before turning left onto Hoppy Lark's Creek Road and driving a further 700m to the day-use area and the start of the River walk.
  • Alternatively, take the shorter trip on gravel road from Woodgate township, driving 9km along Woodgate Road then turning left onto Heidkes Road and driving 3.6km on gravel to Hoppy Lark's Creek Road. Follow the road 700m to the day-use area and the start of the River walk.

Road conditions

Parking

Parking for small vehicles is available near the day-use area.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Woodgate Beach and Burrum Heads townships, and a wider range of supplies is available in Bundaberg and Childers.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

A 600m section of paved track at the start of the River walk is wheelchair accessible, although assistance may be required across the rough surface.

When to visit

Opening hours

River walk is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

The Burrum Coast National Park has a mild, subtropical climate. In summer, evenings can be humid. Average daily temperatures range from 20–35°C in summer and from 5–20°C in winter.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • In high fire danger conditions, walking tracks and other areas may be closed. Make sure you follow the instructions on signs in these conditions.
  • Read safety during extreme weather for important information about what to do during floods, bushfires and cyclones.
  • See the Bureau of Meteorology for weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Drinking water

  • There is no drinking water provided on this track. Bring your own drinking water with you.
  • Drinking water is only available at the Burrum Point camping area.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Rubbish bins are provided nearby at the northern park entrance to the Woodgate section of the park.
  • The nearest refuse transfer station is in Woodgate. Visit Bundaberg Regional Council for operating hours and fees.

Walking

  • Be aware that mobile phone reception is not reliable in all areas of the park.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Boating and fishing

  • The waters adjacent to Burrum Coast National Park are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
  • If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
  • When beach fishing be aware of vehicles on the beach and at night, wear high-visibility vests and use glow sticks to alert approaching drivers of your location.
  • Treat all refuse from fish cleaning as rubbish, and remove it from the park. On the beaches, all rubbish from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 50cm deep just below the high tide line.
  • There are no boat launching facilities within the park. The closest boat ramps are at Walkers Point and Woodgate.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Around water

  • Be aware that there are no patrolled swimming areas near the Burrum Coast National Park and you enter the water at your own risk. We don't recommend swimming.
  • Sharks are common in the ocean, river and estuary, and blue bottles and other marine stingers are prevalent during spells of northerly winds, mainly between October and May.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • The accepted habitat range of the estuarine crocodile in Queensland extends from Torres Strait south to the Boyne River, just south of Gladstone (approximately 180km to the north). Although a sighting of a crocodile on these beaches are rare, there have been unconfirmed reports of crocodiles in Burrum Heads National Park.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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