Bunya Mountains National Park

Bunya Mountains National Park is one of the oldest parks in Queensland, Australia.

Understand

Bunya Mountains National Park is the home of the bunya pine. This very ancient tree grows cones weighing up to 10 kg (22 lb).

History

In the ancient times, people gathered here to celebrate the bunya nut harvest.

Flora and fauna

Climate

The park is at 500 m (1640 ft) above sea level. The temperature here is several degrees lower than in Brisbane. Even in the summer, the temperature is only 25°C (77°F).

Get in

The park is three hours west from Brisbane. The roads are steep and winding, not suited for caravans.

Fees/Permits

Free access to the park.

Get around

There are numerous walks you can do in the park. There are rather easy. Don't forget to bring enough water with you.

See

Plants and animals of the park. The views on some of the lookouts are amazing.

Do

Buy

Nothing to buy here. Bring everything you need from the last city that you cross.

Eat

There is a little grocery shop at the entrance of the park. But if you plan to stay some nights in the region, you better take food with you.

Drink

See "Eat" section.

Sleep

Lodging

You can rent a cabin or a house just outside the national park. Some of them are very comfortable, with a terrace when you'll take the breakfast in the company of parrots and a garden full of wallabies.

Camping

The park has three main campings — Dandabah, Westcott and Burton's Well. All have toilets and picnic tables. Dandabah is suitable for tents, caravans and large motorhomes. Westcott and Burton's Well are suitable for tents only as cars must remain in carparks nearby. You may book online or by phone at 131304 (national booking number).

Stay safe

Avoid the giant stinging tree and other stinging nettles. Between December and March, take care for the falling bunya cones.

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