Hedlow Creek & Lake Mary
Hedlow Creek is a freshwater tributary that runs parallel but inland to Yeppoon-Rockhampton Road. It can be accessed from Ironpot via Artillery Road or Old Byfield Road. If coming from the Bruce Highway, turn off at Greenlakes Road at Sandringham then onto Lake Mary Road just before Henderson’s Retreat.
Part of a large network of lagoons, marshlands and channels, Hedlow Creek connects to Lake Mary and Serpentine Lagoon during rainy seasons, and in extreme flash flooding, these waters have been known to cut Yeppoon Road near Baga (Mt Jim Crow).
East of Hedlow Creek is a cluster of odd-shaped mountains and hills, of which Baga is one. These mountains are trachyte plugs, the remnants of un-ejected lava from long-dead volcanoes. The outsides of the volcanoes eventually eroded but the insides didn’t because the rock is harder.
The unusual landscape, surrounded by almost year-round greenery can seem surreal during droughts when only a few kilometres away the terrain is dry and brown.
Near the base of one of these hills, Lake Mary Roads passes between the creek and mountain, creating a natural flat area which has been set aside as a reserve for public use.
For much of the creek’s journey, it passes through private properties, so please obey any signs to keep out of certain areas, and if you are granted access, respect the facility and take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
day visitors (and occasionally camping but this varies) the main tributary through
Camping at Hedlow
Hedlow is open for day use, and occasionally camping may be allowed. This rule seems to change quite frequently in response to hoons periodically breaking the rules, e.g. bogging 4x4s in the creek etc or starting bonfires.
Again, if the camping rules are relaxed, please respect the facility.
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Andrew Thompson, editor | historian