This group of a wonderfully picturesque backdrop laden waterholes surrounded by wild rushes and paperbark trees are a main feature of the Wongi State Forest. Over the years the Tannins has slowly seeped from the paperbarks trees gently staining the water into a deep rich brown colour. The water can be what is referred to as a mirror gently reflecting at you from its still waters.
Over the years there have been a few rope swings added to a few of the trees along the water’s edge, I’m guessing some the children that have come to visit or one of the adults have enjoyed these over time, as the ropes are quite short and broken now, unfortunately. I did notice some small fishing traps for what I think would be red craw (these look like small crayfish) I’m not sure if there are any of these found in the Wongi Waterholes but someone was trying their luck, for a very tasty bush dinner while camping. Why not bring your canoe and tryout canoeing along the tranquil waters.
At the waterholes, you will also find a small rainforest mainly consisting of hoop pine with splashes of eucalypt trees and vast open woodlands due to there the water source found at the Waterholes the understorey looks quite healthy too. Located in the centre of the forest close by is Lenthalls Dam or Lake Lenthalls (also referred to) this is the main source of water for the Fraser Coast Council.
Things to do at Wongi Waterholes
- Exploring the 4×4 trails
- Bird watching
- Sit on the water’s edge and relax
- Swimming (some people swim here)
- Have a picnic
- Enjoy the quiet bush surrounds
- Visit Leathalls Dam or (Lake Lenthalls) ( around 12 minutes away by car)
How to Get to Wongi Waterholes
You will find Wongi located around 25km from Maryborough situated north-west. If you are coming from Maryborough, You will need to start heading 12.5km towards Childers using the Bruce Highway then making a left turn at the sign, Please note mobile phone service can be very poor from this point, Keep driving a further 10km and you will come to the picnic day area with the camping area is located just a short distance from here down a gravel road.
Access: To access the campsite, you can drive by a conventional car in the dryer months when weather conditions are good. You are also able to tow your trailer, take a caravan, or you could also drive a bus if you have one, Some people even take a motor home as these can access the campsite too. Be sure to use caution as some of the access roads can be severely corrugated at times due to weather conditions and road usage.
Camping in Wongi State Forest
The camping area is well set out with a lot of room for up to 100 people that can stay in the camping area, these sites are not defined sites (not marked out) or also known as open campsites. Many families can stay in groups for bush style camping with room for caravans, RV homes and also for those with just a tent, you will find room for a nice tent site. They have rubbish bins and a toilet block, please note they only cold showers! You will also find picnic tables set out among the grounds for your use.
When you book a campsite please print this off the booking number and make sure this is displayed at your campsite. Take care of the camping area and clean up after your stay leaving the park clean for the next lot of campers.
Camping Guidelines And Park Features
- Dog’s are allowed on leashes ( you must clean up after your dog)
- Flushing Toilets
- Showers (cold only)
- Picnic tables
- Generators are allowed (between 9 am and 8 pm) max 65dB(A)
- NO open fires at all, Gas or fuel stoves can be used
- Bare earth campsites
- Map of the camping area
What to take camping at Wongi Waterholes
- Bring plenty of drinking water
- Your rubbish bags
- Insect repellent/Mosquito coils
- Hats or a sun shirt
- In winter it can get cold so pack warm clothes
- A torch for at night time
- First-aid kit
- Cooking utensils
Tips for your stay
Mobile phone service is very poor in this area please view the PDF map for the closest service point. Keep noise levels down so everyone enjoys staying in the bush camping, The same goes here camping at Wongi, all noise after 9 pm should be kept to a minimum, So that all guests can get some needed rest for there next day of exploring. Just up the road, you will also find Lake Lenthalls while you are here be sure to check it out, as it also has some beautiful countryside to see.