Our tour starts in Brisbane at 7.00 am. We will drive to our first stop in the mountains at the back of Brisbane to have morning tea, from there we will do a 2 hour drive to Bunya, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop on the way to admire the views and take photos.
Once in Bunya our tour is flexible. Your guide will talk about the walks and sights on the way and there will be plenty to time to talk about the tour as we can customise this a little to fit your personal needs.
We will get back to Brisbane the following day around 8pm.
Two day personal guided tour of Bunya Mountain National Park where the rainforest-clad peaks shelter the largest stand of ancient bunya pines in the world. Discover cool mountains, rainforests and waterfalls, unique range-top grasslands, panoramic views, colourful birdlife and enthralling stories of times long ago.
The range features panoramic mountain scenery and breathtaking views over the South Burnett region and southern plains.
Dome shaped bunya pines graciously raise their majestic heads above the forest canopy crowning a magnificent green splendour.
“Bunya” has 4 distinct seasons with corresponding dramatic changes in rainforest colour. In October at dusk the fireflies flash their bright white lights and the King Orchids display their brilliant yellow flowers on the canopy tops.
Nights are alive with the sounds of the nocturnal creatures and a myriad of stars, while the lights of Dalby, Oakey, Kingaroy and Toowoomba are clearly visible from Fishers Lookout. Mist covered mountain scenery is a sight to behold on an early morning walk as you take in the fresh crisp, clean high altitude air.
The Bunya Mountains are home to 121 species of birds, rare and precious varieties attract birdwatchers worldwide. Brilliantly coloured king parrots, crimson rosellas and satin bowerbirds are common sights.
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.
1. Bunya Bunya Track – 500m. takes you from the back of the camping area at Dandabah over the swamp and Saddletree Creek to the picnic area. Many of the trees are named and the satin bower bird bower is a must see. Approx. 15 – 20 minutes and a fairly easy walk.
2. Scenic Circuit Track – 4km. Is the most popular track as it takes in Festoon Falls; Pine Gorge lookout with its grasstrees along the ridge plus breathtaking valley views to the north and east as well. (You can see some chalets in Bunya Mountains Titles Estate); Tim Shea falls and numerous rocky pools. This is an easy walk with interpretative signs. The rainforest is just beautiful! An added bonus is walking through the strangular fig. Approx. 1 hour 20 mins.
3. Barker Creek Circuit Track – 10km return. Access to this track is via Dandabah or Paradise Falls Car Park. Enjoy Paradise Falls, Little Falls and the Big Falls 122m drop (most spectacular after heavy rain) before it links in with the 4km scenic circuit. Choose to add an extra 1.5km (750 each way) to take in Big Falls Lookout and Barkers Creek gorge of the valley & plains below. For an extra approx. 1km choose the alternate Pine Gorge Lookout and Festoon Falls route instead of the shorter Tim Shea Falls leg of the 4km scenic circuit. Either way – take a picnic lunch and enjoy this outstanding walk and the beauty of Bunya Mountains.
4. Barkers Creek Lookout – 5.4km return 2 hours. Cut out the 4km scenic circuit leg to enjoy Paradise Falls, Little Falls, Big Falls (and the bald areas around Big Falls) to culminate in the Big Falls and Barkers Creek lookouts.
5. Westcliff Track – 3.2km and 1.5km return by road. (Total 4.7kms). 2 – 3 hours. Choose whether to start or finish at Dandabah or Westcott Camping Area. The track follows part of the cliff line on the mountains’ western side, taking in the spectacular views over the Darling Downs. Enjoy the mountains’ diverse vegetation types from rainforest to balds, to open eucalypt forest with a grasstree understorey.
6. Koondaii Lookout circuit track – 2.5 km return. 1 hour. From Westcott take the left hand fork (to better appreciate the view as you are facing it) looking out over the Koondaii Valley. The township of Bell is behind the hill to the right. Enjoy walking back through the rainforest to Westcott. This is a relatively easy but very striking walk.
7. Westcott Plain Track – 4.8km and 1.8km return by road (6.8km) 2 – 3 hours. Enjoy the stunning valley views as you meander along the cliff face between Westcott Camping Area and Cherry Plains Car Park. The Cherry Plains lookout is spectacular. Be sure to spot the bright yellow flowers of the King Orchids during September/October hanging tightly onto the cliff faces.
8. Cherry Plain track – 6km and 2.4 km return by road (8.4km) 3 – 4 hours. The Cherry Plain – Burtons Well track is more spectacular if you start your walk at Cherry Plains and meander along the cliff faces and through the Bunya forests to Burtons Well – a gradual uphill climb. Walk mostly downhill back to Cherry Plains and your vehicle. As with the Westcott Plan Track, King Orchids can be found, clinging tightly to the cliff faces and flower spectacularly yellow in September/October.
9. Mt Kiangarow Track – 2.3km return or 1 hour. Cross the road from Burtons Well Camping/Picnic area to begin this spectacular walk. Enjoy the rainforest, views to the north, south and west, grasstrees and being at the highest point on the mountain (1135m). Excellent vantage point for horizon sunsets (along with Fishers Lookout) or just seeing another (Western) aspect from Bunya Mountains.
Spotlighting at night
Walk up Bunya Avenue against the rainforest to Fireflies at Dusk (October/November). The flashing lights are readily seen at dusk. Watch the sunset at Fisher’s lookout then walk down Bunya Mountains Road. You will be rewarded by twinkling lights. Fireflies are readily visible for about an hour after sunset. You may see the Chocolate Wattled Bat (Chalinolobus morio) emerge at dusk to feed on insects. Bunya Mountains is home to Australia’s largest colony.
We will go for a night walk where with luck you may spot nocturnal animals such as sugar gliders, mountain brushtail possums and the smaller Bunya Mountains ringtail possums. Watch out for Great-barred frogs waiting to catch unsuspecting insects.