Bunya Mountains

Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people met in the Bunya Mountains every third summer for feasts that coincided with heavy crops of bunya nuts. The bunya pine, with its dome-shaped crown, can grow to a height of 50 metres in the wild. The Aboriginal people would carve steps in the tree trunks to reach the pinecones, which could weigh up to 10 kilograms, and then they ate the nuts raw, roasted or ground into a flour and formed into cakes. The flavour is said to be like an earthy chestnut. Together with the hoop pines and giant red cedars, bunya pines were heavily depleted by timber-getters, and Bunya Mountains National Park has the last remaining stand. The park has walking trails, through rainforests and towering grasstrees, to lookouts and waterfalls.

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