Charlie Moreland day-use area
Spread your picnic under a shady tree or cook up a feast on a barbecue (either gas and wood-fired) and enjoy a perfect family day out beside Little Yabba Creek.
Take a dip or kick back on the creek bank and watch the world go by. Honeyeaters perch in the bright red, weeping bottlebrush enjoying a feast on their sweet nectar, while lace monitor lizards soak up some rays on the creek bank.
Feeling more active? Then you can enjoy a walk along the Little Yabba or Piccabeen circuits—they won’t disappoint. For the more adventurous hike the Mount Allan shared trail—it’s also a great horse or mountain bike ride.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Charlie Moreland day-use 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.
- Drive 5km to the day-use area. The day-use area is accessible by 2WDs.
- 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 Road is subject to flooding. The creek can rise quickly during heavy rainfall, cutting off access. Check the water depth indicator on the Charlie Moreland causeway when water is over the road to get an indication of depth.
- See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
- Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
There are 25 car parks, including two for small buses and one wheelchair-accessible space. Park horse floats at the nearby horse paddock.
Fuel and supplies
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets. Assistance is required over the grassed areas.
When to visit
Charlie Moreland day-use area is open 24 hours a day.
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
- 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
Unreliable. 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.
- Creek levels can rise rapidly during heavy rain. Leave the park during heavy rain before creek levels start to rise.
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.
- Untreated tap water is provided.
- Treat all water before use.
- Open fires are allowed in the wood barbecues provided (except during fire bans or prohibitions). Bring your own clean, milled firewood.
- Gas barbecues are also provided.
- Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.
- There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Use the pedestrian crossing points on Sunday Creek Road. Give way to all traffic.
- 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 horseriders 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.
- Caution is required on all roads during wet weather.
- 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.
- Read trail bike ride with care for tips on riding safely and riding with care.
- If you go for a 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.