Barakula State Forest
Facilities and activities
The largest managed state forest in the Southern Hemisphere is renowned for its spectacular wildflowers from late winter to spring. This is a working forest which supplies most of Queensland’s cypress pine timber.
It’s a great spot for exploring on a self-drive with a large network of roads but watch for logging trucks. Please call into the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre for a map of the Barakula State Forest Drive which will guide you through highlights including the mysterious `Guymers Baby’ grave, the Dingo Barrier Fence and ‘Speculation’, the site of Australia’s first oil bore.
Charley’s Creek and Wongongerra Creek are ideal for fishing after good rains and Barakula is also well worth a visit if you enjoy bird watching.
Camp a night or two in the Dogwood Creek Camping Area. The former sawmill site is now a clearing for self-sufficient campers. The site is reached from Barakula State Forest Road off Auburn Road. Go past the Department of Primary Industries area and look for the forestry camp signs to Dogwood Creek. Bring drinking water and a gas/fuel stove. Open fires are permitted when fire bans aren’t in place.
Both drive-up and walk-in bush camping for self-sufficient campers is also available in various locations throughout Barakula. There are no facilities, so bring your own drinking water, a gas/fuel cooker, rubbish bags for taking waste with you, and all other necessities
Barakula State Forest is readily accessible 45km from Chinchilla. Turn off 500 metres west of town by following the Auburn Road and follow the signs to Barakula State Forest. Once past the Department of Natural Resources and Water Forests Product camp signs direct to Dogwood Creek Camp.
Gravel and sandy roads are only suitable for conventional vehicles in dry weather. Mobile phone coverage is limited.