Flowering heaths, quiet beaches and abundant wildlife make this park a place to retreat and relax. Several walking tracks provide excellent opportunities to explore diverse coastal habitats. Covering 23,100 hectares, Burrum Coast National Park protects diverse plant and animal communities, including mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath with spectacular wildflowers and tea tree-dominated swamps where Livistona palms reach above the canopy. Areas of deeper soil support eucalypt forests, including the vulnerable Goodwood gum Eucalyptus hallii. Burrum Coast National Park is the perfect place to appreciate the splendour and peace of the natural environment. Things to do: Four walking tracks offer you a chance to take a closer look at Woodgate's scenery and wildlife. The boardwalk 800m return (Allow 20 minutes) Grade: Easy The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and enables visitors to take a short excursion through melaleuca (tea tree) swamp. Access is via Sixth Avenue then along Acacia Street. Banksia track 5.2km return (Allow 2 hours) Grade: Moderate This track passes through melaleuca (tea tree) swamp and open forest, into Livistona decipiens palm forest and finally through a wallum heath plain where wildflowers bloom between August and October. Timing a visit to see the wildflowers is very rewarding for photographers, birdwatchers and those interested in native plants. Access is via Sixth Avenue then along Acacia Street. Melaleuca track 12.3km return (Allow 4 hours) Grade: Easy This track passes through wallum vegetation and around saltpans, swamps and mangroves. Birds are abundant near swamps and mangroves in the early morning. Access via Burrum Point campground or Walkers Point picnic area. Birdhide walk 5km return (Allow 1.5 hours) Grade: Easy A birdhide on the edge of a shallow wetland offers excellent views of a variety of waterbirds. Visit the birdhide in the cooler parts of the day when birdlife is most abundant and active. Access via Burrum Point campground or Walkers Point picnic area. Getting there: The central section of the park, Woodgate Section, can be reached from Childers or Bundaberg. From Childers, travel 2km east on the Bruce Highway, take the turn off to Goodwood and travel 36km to Woodgate Beach township. From Bundaberg, follow Barolin Street until it becomes Goodwood Road and travel 57km to Woodgate Beach township. From Woodgate Beach township, signs lead you to the national park. Kinkuna Section: Access to Kinkuna, the northern section of the park, is by 4WD vehicle only. Travel 14km south from Bundaberg or 40km north-east from Childers on the Bundaberg-Goodwood-Childers Road. Turn into Coonarr Road at the railway overpass and follow for 8km, then turn right into Palm Beach Road for 1km to the park boundary. Follow the signs to the bush camping areas. Access is also possible from Woodgate Road in dry conditions. Follow the signs from Whoopi's Road 3km before Woodgate Beach township.
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