Bullocky Rest is a day use area on Lake Samsonvale, one of Brisbane’s water supply dams, also known as North Pine Dam. There is plenty of space, and plenty of facilities to go with it. When you first enter there are immediately sheltered and unsheltered tables and BBQs.
Bullocky Rest is a popular place for large gatherings and parties. The number of BBQs and tables you can normally still find somewhere on even the busiest days. SEQ Water’s PDF guide, the map indicates 19 BBQs, 20 sheltered tables, and many more uncovered tables.
There are two playgrounds at Bullocky Rest to help keep the kids amused, and large open grassed areas to run around or play games on, a game of soccer or throwing around a Frisbee.
If fishing is your passion, fishing is allowed in Lake Samsonvale only at designated areas, and Bullocky Rest is one of those. Bullocky Rest is a stocked fishing spot, so a SIPS permit is required to fish there. The SIPS fees go towards the costs of stocking fingerling fish, including Australian Bass, Yellow Belly, Mary River Cod, Snub Nose Gar and Saratoga.
A walking trail from Bullocky Rest takes you to Forgan Cove, a 4.2km walk one way from the walk entry.
Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed, even when the lake looks so inviting on a hot day. And generally neither is the use of any watercraft unless you have a permit or a member of the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association .
To get there:
From Petrie, head towards Dayboro on Dayboro Rd, after 5kms turn left into Young’s Crossing Rd. Turn right into Protheroe Rd at the brown sign for ‘North Pine Dam Lake Samsonvale’. Continue to the end, the road bends to the left and becomes Forgan Rd. The entry to Bullocky Rest is on the right in approximately 500 metres.
From Strathpine, head west along Samsonvale Rd. Continue straight for 6.5kms, and turn right into Forgan Rd at the brown sign ‘Forgon Cove’ and ‘Bullocky Rest. The entry to Bullocky’s Rest is on the left in 2.1kms.
Cost: Free, SIPS permit for fishing
Hours: Mon-Sun 6am-6pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes