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Located on the New England Highway north of Toowoomba is the quiet little country town of Cooyar. While small in size, there is a range of attractions nearby making Cooyar perfect for a day-trip, or for a family camping weekend in the free camp at Swinging Bridge Park.
Swinging Bridge Park
Swinging Bridge Park is home to a suspension bridge that spans Cooyar Creek, and from which you can spot the elusive platypus that calls the creek home. The bridge was rebuilt in 1988 after the original bridge was swept away during a devastating flood.
The Palms National Park
The Palms National Park, while small in size, is well worth a visit! The park protects an area of remnant rainforest and is home to a large stand of Picabeen palms. Enjoy the 650 metre walk through the palms and Bunya Pines, where you will cross bubbling springs, spot wildlife like bush turkeys, wallabies and echidnas, or even try wrapping your arms around a 500 year old Moreton Bay Fig and 300 year old Grey Gum.
Just a short drive out of Cooyar, you can find the Muntapa Tunnel and remains of the railway construction camp. Built in 1911, the tunnel is 287 metres long, making it Australia’s longest single-bore railway tunnel, and is now home to a colony of bent-winged bats. Visitors can explore approximately 20 metres or so into the tunnel, and follow the interpretive signs around the construction camp remains to learn more about the railway history of the area.
Where to Eat In Cooyar QLD
McCoy’s Cafe is a motorcycle themed cafe owned by MotoGP racing legend Garry McCoy. Enjoy a tasty breakfast or juicy burger and check out the range of racing memorabilia on display.
The Cooyar Hotel is home to tasty, country pub food and the wide verandahs are a great spot to enjoy a cold drink.
Cooyar QLD Accommodation
If you are bringing your own caravan, camper trailer or tent, then head on to the Swinging Bridge Park free camp, with plenty of space and all within easy walking distance of the town centre. The Cooyar Hotel has several accommodation options available, while Airbnb offers several options in the Cooyar area.