Sharon Gorge Nature Park



Bundaberg Regional Council welcomes you to Sharon Gorge - a peaceful area with rainforest, ferns, palms and orchids. It is an important habitat area for wildlife and rare plants such as the vulnerable Wedge-leaf Tuckeroo.  It is located approximately 13 km from Bundaberg on the Gin Gin Road.

How was the Gorge formed?

The erosive action of flowing water over hundreds of years has created a landform with deep ravines and steep walls. This offers shade, protection from the drying effects of wind and prevents hot fires. Subtropical rainforest vegetation has grown which in turn shades the forest floor, covering it with leaf litter to create a moist and fertile soil rich in organic matter. Even in dry seasons, the soil retains moisture.

Subtropical rainforest



A distinct feature of the Gorge is the subtropical rainforest, endemic to the area, known as Woongarra Vine Scrub. This is one of Bundaberg’s few remaining examples of this vegetation type due to extensive clearing in early pioneering days for farming or residential purposes.  Conserving remnants and restoring cleared areas is of upmost importance for survival of this endangered vegetation community.

Sharon Gorge boasts a healthy stand of the vulnerable Wedge-Leaf Tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis shirleyana). This is a small tree named for its distinct leaf shape which is similar to a holly leaf but with a jagged wedge cut from the front. The Wedge-Leaf Tuckeroo flowers from April-June and its orange fruit are spherical to egg shaped. It is well adapted to the moist and sloping landscape of Sharon Gorge. It is very rare, only found in South East Queensland and is suffering from extensive land clearing.

Exploring the Gorge

A well maintained walkway follows the Gorge for around 900m down to the Burnett River. As you walk along, take the time to admire the wide diversity of plants with over 140 of these species identified. Listen for the sounds of insects and birds. You might see up to 50 kinds of birds such as Eastern Yellow Robins, Golden Whistlers and Brush Turkeys. The “whip crack” call of the Eastern Whipbird is often heard, as well as the “machine gun” call of the Lewin’s Honeyeater. At the end of the walkway is a viewing deck and seat to sit under the gum trees and view the Burnett River.

Facilities for your enjoyment

The park has a shady picnic area, regularly maintained toilets, BBQ’s and sheltered picnic tables. Free
overnight camping is available (24 hour maximum). 

For your safety

• Supervise children closely
• Stay on the walking tracks as adjacent areas may be unstable
• The surface is uneven along some sections of the walking tracks. Please take care.
• Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear to protection against stings, scratches and bites.

Please note

• All plants and animals are protected
• Domestic animals are not permitted along the walking track. Periodic baiting for feral animals occurs here.
• Dogs in the picnic grounds must be on a leash
• Collecting of firewood is strictly prohibited.
• Fires and motorbikes are not permitted

Please remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints.

For further information please contact Council's Natural Resources Department on 1300 883 699.