The Bunya Mountains form an isolated section of the Great Dividing
Range lying about 150km from the coast. They rise abruptly form the
surrounding country to an average elevation of 975m, reaching over
1100m at Mounts Mowbullan and Kiangarow.
The park can be reached from Toowoomba, Dalby, Kingaroy or Nanango.
From Toowoomba, drive 44km to Jondaryan and take the Bunya Mountains
turn - off. Travel a further 65km through Maclagan. Some sections of
the road are gravel.
>> From Dalby, travel 25km to Kaimkillenbun and then 30km to
Bunya Mountains via Yamsion. From Kingaroy, take the raod to Kumbia and
the Bunya Mountains. The park is 56km from Kingaroy via this route.
>> From Nanango, take the road to Maidenwell and turn right. This 55km route is gravel in parts.
All routes to the Bunya Mountains are steep; caravans and trailers are
not recommended. No fuel is available on the mountain.
The Bunya Mountains are home to many species of birds. Brilliantly
coloured king parrots and crimson rosellas are commonly seen around the
Red-necked wallabies often feed in grassy area. Swamp wallabies and
red-necked pademelons prefer the cover of the rainforest but can be
seen along the rad edge.
Spotlighting at night may reveal many animals, including the
mountain brushtail possum and the smaller Bunya Mountains ringtail
Camping: National Park camping areas are located at Dandabah,
Westcott and Burtons Well. Dandabah has toilets and hot showers.
Westcott has pit toilets and no showers.
Westcott has pit toilets and no showers. Burtons Well has toilets and bush 'boil your own water' showers.
For school holidays and long weekends, a booking should be made up
to 12 months in advance. To make a booking, write or telephone the
Ranger to obtain a camping permit by payment of the appropriate fee. If
an advanced booking has not been made, a permit to camp must be
obtained prior to camping. If vacancies exist, obtain a permit from the
office (between 2pm and 4pm daily) or from the self-registration
station at the camping area.
An extensive system of walking tracks offers a range of walks from a
500m introductory stroll to a 10km hike. Visit the Information Centre
to obtain a more detailed guide to walking tracks. Take care near
stinging nettles and giant stinging trees.
Dandabah picnic area has electric barbecues. Westcott and Burton's Well
picnic areas have fireplaces with firewood supplied; please use it
sparingly. Bring your own kindling or fuel stoves, particularly during
Ranger-led activities may be held during school holidays or on busy
weekends. Visit the Information Centre to obtain a guide to activities.
Members of the Bunya Mountains Natural History Association voluntarily
assist the Rangers in providing activities for park visitors. Inquire
at the NHA headquarters 'Cedarvale', located at Dandabah.
PO Box 21 YARRAMAN QLD 4314
(07) 4163 8223 between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays.
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About every three years, Aboriginal people gathered at the Bunya
Mountains for tribal ceremonies, hunting, feasting, mock fighting and
corroborees. There visits coincided with heavy crops of bunya pine
cones. From the 1960's timber cutters established sawmills to harvest
the timber wialth of the Bunyas. The last sawmill on the mountain
closed in 1945. In 1908, 9303 hectares were gazetted as the Bunya
Mountains National Park, the second national park in Queensland. The
park now covers 11 700 hectares.
The distinctive, dome-shaped crown of the bunya pine emerges above
the tall, moist rainforest along the crest of the range. In dry
rainforest at the lower elevations, bunya pine is replaced by its
relative, the hoop pine. Natural grassland 'balds' containing a number
of rare grass species adjoin the rainforest. These probably formed
during a cooler and drier climatic period which caused the forests to
retreat, allowing the grasses to take over. The national park also
protects open eucalypt forests, woodlands and other dry rainforest
communities. Vine thickets dominated by bottle trees or brigalow and
belah can be found on western slopes.
Bunya Mountains National Park has a mild climate with an annual
rainfall of approximately 1050mm. Temperatures range between freezing
and 30 C. Early morning and evening temperatures may be quite low so be
prepared with warm clothing, even in summer.
For further information and campsite bookings:
Bunya Mountains National Park Information Centre Bunya Avenue Dandabah
Write or telephone: The Ranger Bunya Mountains National Park
MS 501 DALBY QLD 4405 (07) 4668 3127 between 2pm and 4pm daily.
Queensland Department Of Environment - PO Box 731 TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
(07) 4639 4599 between 8.30am and 5.00pm weekdays.