Peach Trees is a camping ground in the Jimna State Forest along Yabba Creek. The area and the town of Jimna are from forestry and sawmill industry. It was common for fruit trees to be gown near forestry camps, and peach trees growing around the camping area are remnants from this practise.
Many Europeans displaced after World War II were resettled in Jimna. Before that, the gold rush in the 1860s brought gold miners, with around 1,000 miners including many Chinese, panning for gold in Yabba Creek and Jimna Creek.
The area is a significant cultural site for the Kabi Kabi people, who are the recognised traditional owners of the area.
The camping space is quite open and flat for the most part, but there are some tighter and more private parts as well. On a long weekend when camping space is harder to find there was still room for more campers, with nearby neighbours.
The toilet amenities are really good having been updated in 2017 and appear to have a similar design as Charlie Moreland received in 2015, with flushing toilets and wastewater treatment systems. Wheelchair access is available in the toilet blocks, though it may be better to choose to camp at the furthest end of the campground for wheelchair access where the ground is flatter, and a dedicated disability camping site.
There were WiFi hotspot symbols in the park. I tried to connect to see how well it worked but couldn’t find it on my phone. I’m not sure if it was a problem working that weekend or
There are 3 walking trails at Peach Trees. The shortest is Yabba Creek Circuit and only 750m. It starts at the end of the campgrounds along a boardwalk passed a quite waterhole where platypus can be spotted. A suspension bridge then takes you across Yabba Creek, and the trail leads above the banks of Yabba Creek opposite the camping grounds. Back over Yabba Creek on a wooden boardwalk, you are returned to the camping grounds at the other end.
The Eugenia Circuit is a longer 2.4km walk return. It starts near the entrance to Peach Trees and walks through an open forest following Yabba Creek. There is a lookout along the way before crossing over on a timber bridge and returning on the opposite side of Yabba Creek. Lillypilly and bottle brush grow along the creek.
The third walk is the longest at 3.5km. The Araucaria Circuit starts at the same spot Yabba Creek Circuit starts at. After crossing the suspension bridge it heads in a different direction, featuring two contrasting forests. The open ironbark and grey gum forest has a more grassy ground. This changes to the more shaded and dry rainforest with bunya pine and hoop pine trees.
Jimna Fire Tower is not part of Peach Trees, but is near the access road off Kilcoy Murgon Rd when you head in, about 200m passed Peach Trees Access Road. On your way in (or way out) you can stop by having a look, a heritage listed fire tower, the tallest in Queensland. The tower was proposed to be removed from heritage listing, but petitioning has kept it listed.
To get there:
From Kilkoy, head towards Jimna on Kennedy St, at the roundabout with a clock at the top of the main street in Kilkoy. Kennedy St becomes Kilcoy Murgon Rd leaving the township of Kilcoy. After 38.4km, you reach a sign towards Jimna, but continue straight ahead, and the road will become dirt 1km further on. From where the dirt road starts, the Peach Trees Access turnoff is 300m on the right. Follow Peach Trees Access for about 4.0km, with the gate into Peach Trees Camping Area shortly after a small bridge over Yabba Creek.
From Goomeri, head south on the Burnett Hwy, and turn left after 1km to continue on the Burnett Hwy towards Nanango. Continue on Burnett Hwy for 12km, and turn left into Kilcoy Murgon Rd towards Kilcoy. Follow Kilcoy Murgon Rd for 66km, and turn left into Peach Trees Access on the left, passing the Jimna Fire Tower just before it. Kilcoy Murgon Rd is mostly dirt road. Follow Peach Trees Access for about 4.0km, with the gate into Peach Trees Camping Area shortly after a small bridge over Yabba Creek.
Cost: Free for day use, Camping Queensland Park and Forest Fees
Water: Yes, not potable
Wheelchair accessible: Yes