Bowenia Rainforest Circuit
  • Length: 1.2km

  • Duration: 30 mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Sandy Creek Rd, Byfield

  • End: Sandy Creek Rd, Byfield

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Byfield State Forest

  • Distance from state capital: 695 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -22.83674816

  • Longitude: 150.6697655


Bowenia Rainforest Circuit is a 1.2km, grade 2 Circuit hike located in Byfield State Forest Queensland. The hike should take approximately 30 mins to complete.


One of the prettiest walking trails in the Byfield State Forest – the Bowenia Rainforest Circuit offers you the chance to stroll amongst ancient cycads and tall turpentine trees. You’ll see glimpses of crystal clear creeks and be able to stop for a break at one of several recreation areas along the track. This 1.2 kilometre circuit begins at the Water Park Creek day-use area and will take you 30 minutes to complete. It’s considered an easy grade.

About the region

Byfield State Forest marks the start of the largest undeveloped area on the central Queensland coast. The endemic Byfield fern and Byfield grevillea thrive here. Ancient cycads survive among rugged mountains and beside pine plantations. Water Park Creek is great for birdwatching. Spy azure kingfishers flitting over the water’s surface or listen for the distinctive call of the wompoo fruit-dove. Camping is permitted at Upper Stony, Red Rock and Water Park Creek campgrounds. Dogs on leashes are allowed only at Red Rock campground and must be on a leash at all times. Estuarine crocodiles have been seen in Water Park Creek and at Red Rock so only swim at Upper Stony. Horses are permitted in some areas. Camping fees apply.

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