On our way to Bunya Mountains National Park, Crows Nest or Benarkin State Forest we often stop at Yowie Park on the D’Aguilar Highway in Kilcoy. A Yowie is a mythical ape-like creature found in Australia. There is a wooden statue of a Yowie at the front of the park.
|Yowie in Yowie Park, Kilcoy|
Coff & Co Bakery, just across the road, is a popular bakery with good reviews.
|Coff & Co Bakery, Kilcoy|
There is plenty of parking in front of the park and usually room for rigs towing caravans or trailers. There are toilets and picnic tables in the park overlooking a lake.
Waterbirds frequent the lake. This trip we saw Plumed Whistling-Duck, Wandering Whistling-Duck, Pacific Black Duck and Australian White Ibis.
|Pacific Black Duck, Plumed Whistling-Ducks and an Australian White Ibis|
If you have the time, there is a pleasant walk around the lake and out to another lake. The second lake has a small island on it, such islands are usually good places to sight birds but on this trip the island was empty and the only bird we saw around the lake was an Egret.
|Lake behind the Yowie Park Lake, Kilcoy|
Behind the second lake is beautiful Kilcoy Creek. On our approach we could hear something plopping into the creek from the banks but we couldn’t see if it was turtles or possibly water monitors.The walking track continues for some distance along Kilcoy Creek beside the Hopetoun Sports Field.
On our way home from our travels we often stop at Cruice Park rest area, 21 km east of Kilcoy on the Kilcoy- Beerwah Rd, just past the turn off from the D’Aguilar Highway to Woodford. Cruice Park has excellent toilets, picnic tables, bins and a playground. This is a popular spot for caravans and campervans to overnight, as free camping is allowed in the rest area for up to 20 hours.
|Cruice Park, Free Camping|