This drive incorporates the magnificent Bunya Mountains, freshwater
dams, pastoral homesteads and rural towns dotted throughout the Darling
Downs and South Burnett. There are wineries, gourmet cafes, heritage
museums and country markets waiting to be explored. The Bunya Mountains
is a mix of moist rainforest, dry rainforest, grasslands, open forests
and woodlands and is also home to distinct plant and animal
communities, with over 30 rare and threatened species.
This natural wonderland was formed about 30 million years ago and
shelters the largest stand of ancient bunya pines in the world today.
The Bunya Mountains is a mix of moist rainforest, dry rainforest,
grasslands, open forests and woodlands and is also home to distinct
plant and animal communities, with over 30 rare and threatened species.
The region has a host of accommodation experiences including motels,
guest cottages and B&B's as well as country pubs, farm stays and
camping. Depending on what you are looking for, there is accommodation
to suit all tastes and budgets.
The Great Bunya Drive starts at Toowoomba and winds through the South
Burnett to Gympie, some 390 km later. on the way it passes through
Kingaroy, Nanango, Wondai, Murgon, Cherbourg, Maidenwell, Kilkivan,
Goomei, Tansey, Yarraman, Bell, Dalby, Kumbia and Blackbutt.
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Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland's second-oldest national
park, protects the world's largest remaining bunya pine rainforest.
Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people travelled here from far distant
places for gatherings coinciding with large crops of bunya nuts. Today
visitors camp, walk and relax in the cool air and enjoy mountain
scenery and colourful birdlife.
The park has three picnicking and camping areas and is a walkers
paradise, with 35 kilometres of tracks (from 500 metres to 10
kilometres). Walks lead through rainforest, eucalypt forest and natural
grassland balds, past waterfalls and onto lookouts giving panoramic
views east or west. Watch red-necked wallabies graze and catch a
glimpses of catbirds, rare sooty owls, noisy pittas and paradise