Charlie Moreland camping area
Pitch your tent and do as much or as little as you choose at this scenic camp beside Little Yabba Creek.
Camp in open eucalypt forest along the banks of Little Yabba Creek—this picturesque spot is perfect for a family getaway. You can enjoy a dip in the creek, take a relaxing bushwalk, or hike, or mountain bike ride up Mount Allan where you will be rewarded with magnificent 360 degree views. Horses are welcome on this shared trail, and can be accommodated overnight in the nearby horse paddock.
At night, grab a torch and spotlight for red-necked pademelons, yellow-bellied gliders and possums before toasting marshmallows around the fire. Looking for a real adventure? You can access the Conondale Range Great Walk from here (or you can walk the entire Great Walk from the Booloumba Creek day-use area in Conondale National Park).
Getting there and getting around
Charlie Moreland camping area is in Imbil State Forest on the Sunshine Coast, about 150km north of Brisbane or 60km south of Gympie.
- From Kenilworth, follow Maleny–Kenilworth Road for 7km and turn right onto Sunday Creek Road.
- Sunday Creek Road from Kenilworth–Maleny Road to Charlie Moreland day-use area is a gravel road suitable for 2WDs.
- Drive 5km to the day-use area.
- Sunday Creek Road from the Maleny–Kenilworth Road to Charlie Moreland camping and day-use areas is a gravel road suitable for 2WDs (with caution in wet weather).
- Beyond the camping area, Sunday Creek Road is suitable for high-clearance 4WDs only. All other roads in the state forest are also suitable for high-clearance 4WDs only.
- Sunday Creek Road is subject to flooding. The creek can rise quickly during heavy rainfall, cutting off access.
- See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
You can park beside your camp site. Horse floats can be parked next to the horse paddock or at your camp site.
Fuel and supplies
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets. Assistance may be required around the camping area.
When to visit
Charlie Moreland camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
Temperatures in the area exceed 30°C during the day in summer and drop below 0°C at night in winter. Despite the subtropical climate, nights can be cool at any time of the year.
Permits and fees
- Camping permits are required and fees apply. Display the tag with your booking number at your camp site.
- 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.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
None. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
- Use the pedestrian crossing points on Sunday Creek Road. Give way to all traffic.
- Do not shelter under trees during strong winds. They may drop branches or large seed pods.
- If the creek starts to rise quickly during heavy rain, leave the park immediately so you don’t get trapped in floodwaters.
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.
- Camping is only permitted in the camping area, not in the day-use area.
- Domestic animals, including horses, are not allowed in the camping area. Horses are only permitted on state forest roads, shared trails and in the fenced horse paddock provided adjacent to the camping area.
- Consider other users. Keep camp sites small and share communal fire rings. If possible, bring a fuel or gas stove.
- Generators are not allowed.
- Loud noise and music are not permitted after 10pm.
- The maximum length of stay is 14 nights.
- Untreated tap water is available.
- Treat all water before use.
- Open fires are allowed in the fire rings provided. Bring your own clean, milled firewood.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Watch out for giant stinging tree leaves on the track. Touching them can cause a painful sting.
- Be careful crossing Little Yabba Creek. You may need to wade through water and rocks may be slippery.
- Tracks are subject to flooding in wet weather. If it's flooded, forget it!
- When walking on shared trails, give way to horse riders.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Give way to horse riders and bushwalkers. Alert others when approaching.
- Read mountain bike and cycle with care for tips on riding safety and riding with care.
- Read horseride with care for tips on riding safety and riding with care.
- Speed limits in camping and day-use areas are 10km/hr maximum. On all other roads, drive to prevailing road conditions, unless otherwise signposted.
- Slow down at blind corners. Wide-load logging trucks use the roads and shared trails.
- Heavy rain can flood creek crossings—flood waters can rise and fall quickly. Fast-flowing water and submerged obstacles can be hazardous. If its flooded, forget it! If in doubt, wait it out!
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
- If swim in one of the waterholes, do not jump or dive into the water. Water depth is unpredictable and there may be submerged logs and rocks.
- Serious injuries have occurred. Observe any safety signs.
- Do not swim in floodwaters.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.