Burrum Coast National Park – beautiful beaches and 4WD driving

Burrum Coast National Park - Theodolite Estuary

Description

Burrum Coast National Park is located in Wide Bay Burnett Region,  38 km from Childers 55 km from Bundaberg, and 93km from Hervey Bay. There are four sections: Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River, and Buxton. Only Kinkuna and Woodgate have recreation facilities.

In Burrum Coast National Park you can expect to find wide beaches with great fishing, abundant wildlife, and 4WD tracks. Beach driving is possible in the Woodgate section.

Burrum Coast National Park map

Burrum Coast National Park - beach driving
Burrum Coast National Park – beach driving
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Access & how to get there

Woodgate Section

Woodgate Section is easily accessible by bitumen road from Childers or Bundaberg. 

It is the most commonly visited section in the park due to easy access and recreational facilities at Woodgate Beach.

You only need 4WD if planning to camp at Burrum Point Camping Area or Kinkuna Camping Area.

Otherwise, you can stay in Woodgate Beach Holiday Park and enjoy the beautiful beach or drive to Walkers Point by bitumen road to see Isis River on a low tide and Burrum Heads from the distance. 

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An alternative option is to visit the Theodolite River estuary which is a short drive from Woodgate Beach. 

Woodgate Beach from air
Woodgate Beach from air

Kinkuna Section

Kinkuna Section is for more experienced drivers as you need a high-clearance 4WD to access camping areas. 

The access to this section is by Palm Beach Road that can be driven from the north, off Coonarr Road, or by Woppis Road from the south, 3 km from Woodgate Beach.

Note that most of the driving is done through sand and sometimes gravel. The road can be closed after heavy rain, as it passes low-lying swampy areas.

Once you reach the coastline, navigate to Kinkuna Camping Area.

Burrum River Section

Burrum River Section is located on the other side of Isis River. You can access it by a 2WD turning off Bruce Highway in Howard or Torbanlea. It is a 15 km drive to the park. 

The park is on both sides of Burrum Heads Road.

There are no recreational facilities in this section.

Buxton Section

Again this section has no facilities but it is a popular spot for birdwatchers.

To access Buxton Section turn off from Bruce Highway into Buxton Road and after 13 km turn into Pioneer Road.

Accomodation

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Camping

Burrum Point Camping Area
4 WD Access Only
Toilets
Bore Tap Water
Tent, Camper Site
Single Axe Camper Site
Dogs NOT Allowed

Accessible by the beach and short 4WD sandy track from the beach or by a 4km inland sandy 4WD track.

Note that the inland track has some deep sand sections and may be impassable after a big rain. 

Kinkuna Camping Area
4 WD Access Only
No Toilets
Bore Tap Water
Tent,
Camper Site
Single Axe Camper
Site
Dogs NOT Allowed

Accessible only by sandy 4WD by Palm Beach Road from the north or Woppis Road from the south.

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When driving deep sand make sure you drop your tyres pressure to 20 psi

Book your camping spot online via Queensland National Parks

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Caravan Parks

Woodgate Beach Holiday Park
2WD Access
Cafe Shop
Free Wi-Fi
Power Sites
Tent & Cabins
Dogs Allowed
Dump Point

Woodgate Beach Caravan Park is conveniently located right on Woodgate Beach. It is a perfect place to relax and unwind. They offer camping or caravan sites, but also homely cabins, villas, or glamping safari tents.

While in the park you can enjoy a variety of wildlife including black cockatoos and colourful lorikeets.

There is an onsite cafe offering nice coffee, lunch, or dinner.

You have to only cross the road to enjoy a beautiful, wide beach where you can relax or try fishing.

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Things to do

Burrum Coast National Park is a place for any beach or fishing lover. Woodgate and Kinkuna Sections also offer challenging, deep sand tracks and camping to satisfy 4WD enthusiasts.

There are also three short walks in Woodgate Section: Hoppy Larks Creek, The Boardwalk (accessible from Acacia Street), and Walkers Point.

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Our Experience & Tips

We visited Burrum Coast National Park, Woodgate section twice in the past. The first time was when we were finishing our trip around Australia years ago, and the second time recently when we traveled to Rockhampton.

The second time we stayed for two days in Woodgate Beach Holiday Park.

We really enjoyed this place as the facilities are very good and easy access to the beach gives you a nice relaxation feeling.

One day we did a loop drive to Burrum Point Camping Area by the beach and returned by the inland sandy, 4WD track.

The entrance to the beach is very easy and you don’t need to drop your tire pressure if you intend to drive the beach only and return.

Burrum Coast National Park - Beach Entrance

The weather was good so the track was in good condition. The camping ground bays are situated mostly on the sand between eucalyptus trees. There are toilets in this campground.

After that, we also drove to Walkers Point and Theodolite River to enjoy the views.

Burrum Coast National Park – Theodolite Estuary from air

Have you been to Burrum Coast National Park other sections? If so, what was your experience?
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GPS Navigator or compass

Maxtrax – if you get bogged, you can use it for additional traction

Tire Deflator – deflate tires quickly when going on dirt or 4WD

Air Compressor – inflate tires quickly after going back on bitumen (we use MM)

Tire Repair Kit – to fix the tire by yourself when you don’t have access to the tire shop (we use Oztrail)

UHF Radio – for communication with your mates and in emergency

Full Recovery Kit (with Dampener Blanket) – must-have if you are going on real off-road

High Lift Jack – useful if you do serious 4WD tracks

Shovel – useful if you get bogged, also good for campfire cooking

Fuel funnel with water filter – additional protection when fueling up in dodgy places

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