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Paperbark Forest Walk at Reedy Creek near Agnes Waters. Photo Steve Heggie.
Paperbark Forest Walk at Reedy Creek near Agnes Waters. Photo Steve Heggie.

Reedy Creek Paperbark Forest Walk

Temporary closure

The Paperbark Forest Walk will be closed to public access until further notice while works are undertaken. Sorry for any disappointment this causes.

Reedy Creek Reserve, near the town of Agnes Water in Queensland, protects an intact patch of endangered Queensland coastal and riparian forest including an extensive paperbark and fan palm swamp.

Paperbark forest walk

This short (400m or 15-20 minutes) 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.

The walk is 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.

It’s a spectacular spot but don’t take our word for it. There are hundreds of positive reviews on Trip Advisor and many visitors have taken to social media to share their experience (enjoy a few in the playlist below).

Reedy Creek Reserve

Owned and managed by Bush Heritage Australia, this reserve was part of a part of a 600-hectare coastal strip bought by Michael Myer in the 1990s. A quarter of the land was kept for housing and the rest donated to us as a nature reserve.

How to get there

Reedy Creek Reserve is on the coast of Queensland near the town of Agnes Waters, which is about a 130km drive from either Gladstone or Bundaberg. From Agnes Water, follow Springs Rd to the south for a little over 3km. Look for the large Reedy Creek Reserve sign near a gravel car park on the right-hand side. Bollards and a trail icon mark the start of the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk.

Red Rocks walking trail

While you’re in the area the Red Rocks Walking Trail is another great walk to do. It covers 6km and will take at least 2.5 hours (return). Take plenty of water. The track hugs the coastline and provides a great contrast to the paperbark forest.

Take a virtual tour

Virtual tour of the Paperbark Forest Walk.

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