Bunya Mountains National Park
The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups met every three years for feasts that coincided with heavy crops of bunya nuts. From the 1860s, timber cutters began felling the giant red cedar trees, and the hoop and bunya pines – although the national park was gazetted in 1908, it was not until 1961 that the last sawmill in the area ceased operation.
The Bunya Mountains, peaking at 1135 metres, rise abruptly from the surrounding Darling Downs and South Burnett Valley. The most westerly rainforest park in southern Queensland, it protects more than 30 rare and threatened species of ﬂora and fauna. Here you will ﬁnd the largest remaining area of bunya pines in the world, along with cool subtropical rainforests, dry rainforests and grasslands, known as ‘balds’, containing rare grass species. Grasstrees growing on these plains are among the oldest and tallest in Queensland. The park is a refuge for some 120 bird species, including the rarely sighted sooty owl, the powerful owl and the black-breasted button-quail. More common are Australian king-parrots and crimson rosellas, which gather in the bunya trees near the picnic area. Of the park’s nocturnal residents, the Bunya Mountains ringtail possum is endemic to the area.
There are 35 kilometres of walking tracks, ranging from a 500-metre stroll to a 12-kilometre return hike. Watch out for nettles, stinging trees, prickly vines and thorny shrubs and stay on the tracks to avoid being scratched or stung. The hamlet of Dandabah (population 40), next to the camping ground, offers accommodation and basic supplies.
Three sites, one with advanced facilities; permits and fees apply
Location and access
200 km north-west of Brisbane via Warrego Hwy through Toowoomba, Jondaryan or Dalby; 63 km north-east of Dalby; 58 km south-west of Kingaroy via D’Aguilar Hwy
NPRSR 13 7468
11 700 ha
Dalby (07) 4679 4461
South Burnett Energy Centre, Nanango (07) 4189 9446
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