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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Coochin Creek Camping Area, Beerwah State Forest, Sunshine Coast QLD.

Coochin Creek Camping Area.
On the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Coochin Creek campground is the only national park run campground anywhere near the Glasshouse Mountains. It is ideal for fishing and boating but be aware that at times the mosquito and sandfly numbers become overwhelming. We deliberately chose to visit in the middle of winter and on a high wind day so that we could enjoy a wander around the area. 

The terraced area for fishing and launching canoes at Coochin Creek Campground.
The unformed boat ramp and boat parking area 1 km from the campground.
There is a formed boat ramp 7 km away on Pumicestone Passage. Both ramps are referred to as Coochin Creek Boat Ramp which could understandably cause confusion.

Coochin Creek Boat Ramp on Pumiscetone Passage,off Roys Road.
While standing at the ramp an Osprey flew overhead with some nesting material. 

Not the best photo but we were impressed by the size of the branch this Osprey was carrying.
Pumicestone Passage has long been a favourite of ours for viewing shorebirds by boat but we saw quite a few just standing on the ramp.

Details for Coochin Creek Camping Area:
Where: 78 km, just over an hour, north of Brisbane. On the eastern side of the Bruce Highway. Take the Bells Creek exit to Roys Road and follow signs to the campground.
Access: Conventional vehicles.
Camping Type: 21 numbered sites. Each site designated for a particular type of rig. Limited space for big rigs.
Fees and Booking: Standard Queensland National Park fees: Adults $6.15 per night. Book online or by phone 13 74 68.
Facilities: Composting toilet, fire rings, non-potable water. We had Telstra phone reception.There is a Day Use Area adjoining the campground with tables and gas BBQs. There is a terraced area for fishing and launching kayaks. Small unformed boat ramp 1 km away. No hiking trails.
Prohibitions: No domestic animals. No generators.
Cautions: Mosquitoes and sandflies can be overwhelming.

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