Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary

Sunshine Coast

The Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary covers a huge 23 acres site on Buderim's eastern slopes. Once farmland, it has been left to nature and the dedicated volunteer committee to regenerate into a wonderful woodland and a haven for wildlife and includes a creek and cascade.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Picnic Facilities
Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Buderim, head down King Street towards Mooloolaba. Just past the roundabout onto Mooloolaba  Road, take the first left into Foote Avenue and then the second left into Park Lane, where you will find a car park at the end.


Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary Map

Route/Trail notes:

There are four walks around the sanctuary: Botanic, Cascade, Eucalyptus and Boundary, which you can link together. This walk combines three, by heading out of the bottom of the car park onto Botanic, then left onto Cascade and left again onto Boundary, before returning up the middle past the cascade to the picnic area and the car park.



Other References/Comments:

Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary

The Eric Joseph Foote Sanctuary covers 9 hectares of land given to the community association now known as the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) in 1948, by the local farming community’s Foote family. In 1948 the land was dedicated to the memory of their dear son Eric, killed in the fighting at the Somme during the First World War. They had been farming various crops there since 1903. Later it was put into the hands of the local council for administration, where after some time it was suggested the land should be sold due to lack of public interest. Fortunately the community outcry resulted in the formation of a voluntary committee in 1963, who took on the task to clear the overgrowth and create real public asset for all Buderim.


Nice walk but poorly signed.

Graeme "Watto" on 21 May, 2020

I did the longest circuit walk years ago, but this time passed thru along the Botanic walk as part of a much longer walk around the neighbourhood. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it is with good information boards on the various trees and plants.

Nichola Wallace on 25 Apr, 2020

Although on our doorstep, we had not visited the sanctuary till last year, but this year we have been in twice to have a good look around and map the walks. We enjoyed it immensely and the variety of trees is amazing.

F.A.B. on 9 Aug, 2019

Enjoyed this sanctuary when I was growing up, as my grandparents lived just a few hundred metres away. Must have done all the tracks at least a dozen times, but ~30 years ago now!

AndrewD on 1989


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