The majestic Bunya Mountains, situated about 150 kilometres from the coast, is a spectacular wilderness range forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range. The immense subtropical range of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands is home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines. Native wildlife, wallabies and pademelons as well as 121 species of birds including brilliantly coloured king parrots, satin bowerbirds and crimson rosellas, call this area home.
The range features panoramic mountain scenery and breathtaking views over the South Burnett region and southern plains. Nights are alive with the sounds of the nocturnal creatures and a myriad of stars, while mornings have a fresh, crisp and clean mountain quality.
Aboriginal people historically used the Bunya Mountains as a meeting place for the various tribes scattered throughout Queensland and New South Wales. They feasted seasonally on the bunya nuts collected from the bunya pine trees (Araucaria bidwillii).
The Bunya Mountains offer the quiet allure of a retreat environment favoured by families, groups and honeymooners alike. The Bunya Mountains is pristine, peaceful and spectacular, less than three hours from Brisbane and the Fraser Coast and approx one hour from Kingaroy, Nanango or Dalby.
Follow the wine trail!
Sun and surf, rainforest and reef, is a typical Queensland holiday. But visitors to the South Burnett Valley are letting other senses lead the way to discover a most relaxing and unexpected holiday experience.
In recent years the fertile valley has developed a progressive wine industry.
Today some seven wineries dotted through the region produce top-quality wine varieties such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon verdehlo and merlot, and have released several award-winning vintages.
Some wineries are open for tastings and cellar-door sales. Among those worth visiting are Captain’s Paddock and Crane Wines, Rimfire Winery, Stuarts Range Estate and Barambah Ridge.
Just over two hours drive west of Brisbane, the valley wine trail is the perfect motoring holiday. The countryside is breathtaking and varied. Skies are almost always clear blue, and rich red volcanic soil is covered in a patchwork quilt of crops.
The wine trail takes in the majestic Bunya Mountains and fertile open farmlands couched by the valley’s undulating slopes and rolling hills, supporting thousands of vines. In 2001, the vines yielded more than 400 tonnes of grapes and in 2002 production is set to double.
If you’re planning to stay overnight or for a few days, there are plenty of places to lay your head. Cosy bed-and-breakfast establishments, comfortable motels, pubs with character, country cottages, and hospitable farmstay properties are among the options.
Activites and Experiences at Bunya Mountains
- Off Road Driving
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Mountain Biking
- Birdwatching The Bunya Mountains are home to 121 species of birds, rare and precious varieties attracting birdwatchers worldwide. Brilliantly coloured king parrots, crimson rosellas and satin bowerbirds are common sights. Bird feeding is a popular activity and occurs daily at the Dandabah picnic area at 4.00 pm.
- Bushwalking Nine major walking tracks offer breath-taking scenic views, taking in waterfalls, streams, spectacular orchids, ferns, staghorns and other rainforest flora.
- Flora The sub-tropical rainforest features scenic walking tracks, cascading waterfalls, wild orchids, eucalypts, hoop pine and grass trees as well as magnificent strangler figs and bunya pine trees.
- Spotlighting Spotlighting at night may reveal many animals, including the mountain brushtail possum and the smaller Bunya Mountains ringtail possum.
- Animal Viewing Countless red-necked wallabies bound or preen in grassy areas. Swamp wallabies and red-necked pademelons prefer the cover of the rainforest but are observed along the roadside. The Bunyas are also home to an array of wildlife including possums, scrub turkeys, koalas, wallabies and even an echidna or two.
- Walking Nine major walking tracks offer breath-taking scenic views, taking in waterfalls, streams, spectacular orchids, ferns, staghorns and other rainforest flora.
- Accommodation A wide range of accommodation from camping grounds, cabins, B&B’s to luxuriously appointed chalets are available.
- Convention Centre
- National Park
- Public Telephone
- Supermarket General Store and Kiosk.
- Takeaway Food
- Tennis Court
- Visitor Centres
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander The Bunya Mountains are rich in Aboriginal culture and history.
- Caravan and Camping Camping grounds. Access too steep for Caravans and Trailers.
- Eco Tourism
- Flora and Fauna
- Health and Fitness
- National Park Today 11,700 hectares of Bunya Mountains is a National Park.
- Nature based
- Off road
- Soft Adventure
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Adult Getaway
- Empty Nesters
- Meetings Incentive Conventions
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