Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park | Caboolture

Protected since 1977, the best kept bushwalking Brisbane North secret of Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park offers walkers and horse riders a quiet and easy escape into nature.

Named after the prominent koala food trees found within its 231 hectares, the bushland reserve is abundant in wildlife including different species of birds, reptiles, butterflies, marsupials and mammals, its open, grassy forests providing an ideal habitat for the resident koala, wallaby, short-beaked echidna, and locally threatened Greater Glider families.

Bushwalking Brisbane North Sheep Station Trails

  • 1.Grey Gum Circuit: 4.4km loop
  • 2.Spotted Gum Trail: 1.2km one way
  • 3.Ironbark Ridge Trail: 1.1km one way

There are 3 walking circuits all classified as ‘easy’.

The Grey Gum Circuit is a 4.4km loop shared by walkers and horse riders.

The Spotted Gum Trail is a 1.2km one-way track that generally takes 20 minutes and is suitable for walkers only. Along this track you will notice changes in forest vegetation, from lilies and paperbark trees to ironbark and spotted gums.

The Ironbark Ridge Trail is a 1.1km one way track suitable for walkers only. It is located mainly on an old logging track where you will see spectacular ironbark trees – some as old as 400 years!

A Great Place for Bird Watching

As one of the quieter and less well-known bushwalks around Brisbane, Sheep Station Creek is great for bird watching, especially during dawn and dusk. Keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful native birds:

  • White-Bellied Cuckoo-Shrikes
  • Powerful Owl
  • Crested Shrike-Tit
  • Fuscous Honeyeaters
  • Noisy Friarbirds
  • Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos
  • Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets
  • Spangled Drongos
  • Noisy Miners
  • White-Browed Scrub-Wrens
  • Eastern Whipbirds
  • Scarlet Honeyeaters
  • Golden Whistlers
  • Striated Pardalote
  • Grey Shrike-Thrush
  • Eastern Yellow Robins

3 Main Entry Points to the Sheep Station Bushwalks around Brisbane North:

The park is located in Morayfield, approximately 7 kilometres south-west of Caboolture and 40 kilometres from Brisbane CBD.

Park your vehicle towards the end of any of these 4 roads to access the bushwalking Brisbane North trails on foot:

  • Phelps Road (from the West)
  • McLoughlin Road (from the East)
  • Williamson Road (from the South)
  • Mackney Rd (from the North-West)

Please Note:

The park entrance is easiest to find when parking at the end of Phelps Rd. Trail signage is located at this entrance.

If parking on Mackney Rd pull-up curb-side nearby the park entrance located between Mackney Rd #34-36 and #42.

Need to Know

Horses are permitted along the Grey Gum Circuit and connecting trails to the park’s entry points. No dogs are allowed into the park.

The park is not equipped with picnic tables, nor toilet facilities.

Camping is not allowed.

You will find log barriers at the park’s entry points to deter trail bike users.

More Sheep Station Creek Bushwalking Brisbane North Information

Check out the Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park Map, or take a look at the Park’s Management Plan for more detailed information.

How to Get There

Sheep Station Creek Reserve is approximately 1 hour from Brisbane CBD.

If parking on McLoughlin or Williamson Road to access the west and south-west entrances, you’ll find an IGA nearby at the corner of Nairn Rd & Oakey Flat Rd. There are no public toilets at this reserve.

To get to the main McLoughlin Road entrance from Brisbane, follow Gympie Road (which becomes the Bruce Highway) and take the Burpengary exit 142. Turn right and travel along New Settlement Road. Continue on as it becomes Oakey Flat Road.

Turn left onto Nairn Road (you'll find an IGA and a few little shops here) and then take the first right onto J Dobson Road, followed by the first left onto McLoughlin Road. You can park at the end of this street in rural suburbia, right by the reserve’s entrance, complete with a shared trail information board.

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.