Bunya Mountains National Park
Facilities and activities:
Queensland’s second oldest national park is an awe inspiring landscape where ancient bunya pines tower over tall rainforest along a dramatic mountain range rising high above the plains.
Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people met here to celebrate and feast on bunya nuts, contained in cones that weigh up to 10kg.
Stay in rustic mountain cabins or camp in the lush natural surrounds. Explore the extensive range of walking trails, hand feed colourful native birds and soak up the panoramic mountain views.
Keep your eyes open for the park’s 120 species of birds, including brilliantly-coloured Australian king-parrots, crimson rosellas and satin bowerbirds. Spotlight at night to spy common ringtail possums and watch red-necked wallabies lazing around the picnic areas.
A range of walking tracks wind through towering rainforest, ancient stands of giant grass trees, past sparkling clear creeks and views that go forever. From 500 metres short strolls to the all day (20km) Dandabah to Mt Kiangarow hike, the Bunya Mountains National Park is a walker’s paradise.
Best short walk:
Don’t miss the 4km Scenic Circuit Track taking in Festoon Falls, Pine Gorge lookout with its grasstrees along the ridge and breathtaking valley views , past the Tim Shea falls and lots of peaceful rock pools. It’s an easy walk, guided by interpretive signs through spectacular rainforest.
Several steep, narrow and winding routes, signposted as the Great Bunya Drive, lead to the park. Bunya Mountains Road passes through the park from the south-east to the north. From Dalby, drive 25km along Dalby-Cooyar Road to Kaimkillenbun, then 30km via Yamsion to Bunya Mountains Road to the south-eastern park entrance. The roads are sealed.