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Poona National Park

Wallum heath plant communities feature in Poona National Park. Photo: Ross Naumann.Wallum heath plant communities feature in Poona National Park. Photo: Ross Naumann.

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Getting there

Poona is just 6km south-east of Maryborough on the northern side of the Maryborough-Cooloola and Boonooroo Road. Access is possible by four-wheel-drive vehicle, boat or walking. The roads inside the park are not signposted and become boggy when wet.

What's special

Low-lying coastal plains and two small islands in the Great Sandy Strait are protected in this park between the Mary River estuary and Great Sandy Strait, adjacent to the Great Sandy Marine Park. Poona National Park conserves valuable remnants of the wallum heath communities which flourished in the Maryborough-Hervey Bay area before settlement and land clearing. Paperbark forests and woodlands, mangroves, and banksia and blue gum woodlands also grow in the park. Rare and threatened plants include Boronia keysii and Macrozamia pauli-guilielimi. The park contains one of the most southerly stands of the broad-leafed paperbark Melaleuca viridiflora.

Poona National Park is an important wildlife refuge. The endangered ground parrot lives in the park's wallum heath. The park also protects part of the Kalah Creek catchment. Poona National Park is the traditional country of the Butchulla people who also lived on nearby Fraser Island.

Exploring Poona

This is a great place for low-key, nature-based activities such as photography and birdwatching. See spectacular wildflower displays in spring and summer. You can explore this park on foot or by four-wheel-drive only on the management tracks within the park. No facilities are provided and camping is not allowed.

You can fish from the Kalah Creek area only. Kalah Creek is accessible by four-wheel-drive off Boonaroo Road or by boat from the Maroom boat ramp. Visitors intending to fish or boat in teh area should familiarise themselves with the Great Sandy Marine Park Visitor Guide (PDF, 6.4M).

Walking

The park has no designated walking tracks but you can explore the bush with care.

If exploring Poona National Park on foot it is recommended that you keep to the formed road network throughout the park. It is easy to become disoriented when walking through the dense, taller sections of wallum. The best time for walking in the wallum is early spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Be sure to carry plenty of water with you as there are no drinking water points in the park.

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Last updated
5 June 2013