Visit Reedy Creek (Qld)

Last updated: Thursday 12 May, 2016

Paperbark Forest Walk

Stepping stones around the walking track. Photo Steve Heggie.
Stepping stones around the walking track. Photo Steve Heggie.
This short (400m or 45min walking) but spectacular forest walk will take you into the heart of a very special type of forest, rarely seen in such pristine condition.

The track is designed with stepping stones and boardwalk areas, which makes it possible to penetrate the thick lush undergrowth and tiptoe through the wetlands (without getting your feet wet) until you’re completely surrounded by hundreds of Paperbark Tree trunks and the majestic green fronds of Cabbage Palm.

Keep an eye out for butterflies and richly coloured fungi while keeping your ears listening for frog calls as you pass through their habitat.

Note: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels but you’ll face obstacles, stepping stones, fallen debris, water crossings, steps and rough surfaces requiring good balance.


When to go

The walk is open to the public all year round (though it may close after heavy rains or periods of fire danger).

The Reedy Creek Reserve is habitat for numerous frogs. Photo Matt McLean.
The Reedy Creek Reserve is habitat for numerous frogs. Photo Matt McLean.


A picnic table is located at the beginning/end of the walk, which makes a great spot for a cup of tea or lunch (please take any rubbish with you). The tourist town of Agnes Waters is just 4km away.

How to get there

Reedy Creek Reserve is on the coast of Queensland just near the town of Agnes Waters, about a 1 hour 45 minute drive (130km) from either Gladstone or Bundaberg.

From Agnes Water follow Springs Rd to the south for a little over 3km. Look for the large sign near a gravel car park on the right hand side of Springs Rd. Bollards and a trail icon mark the start of the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk. (See map.)

Red Rocks walking trail

While you’re in the area this is another great walk to do. It covers 6km (return) or minimum 2.5 hours walking — take plenty of water.

The start of the walk is about 400m from the Reedy Creek Paperbark Forest Walk.

The track hugs the coastline and provides a great contrast to the paperbark forest you’ve just visited.

While Bush Heritage doesn’t own this land we're responsible for helping to manage it.

Thank you

Thanks to all our supporters whose donations (along with the environmental levy paid by residents of Sunrise @1770) help pay for the on going day-to-day management of the reserve.

We also thank the many dedicated people involved in our work, including volunteers, partners and contractors.

How you can help

Supporting Bush Heritage Australia is an excellent choice for those who love the bush and want to protect it for future generations. Donations are tax deductible and contribute towards the protection of our unique natural heritage.

Explore 360-degree images from the Paperbark Forest Walk. Green arrows take you forwards and Red retrace your steps.

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