Crisp Air And Towering Trees // Bunya Mountains (QLD)

You’ve never seen anything like the rainforests and range-top grasslands of the Bunya Mountains. They’re home to the largest stand of bunya pines in the world. Immerse yourself and feel why this has been a sacred spot for locals for generations. 


Highlights

  • Towering bunya pines
  • Crisp fresh air
  • Rainforest
  • Waterfall at Big Falls (after rain)

Big Falls

As you wind the window down driving the road to the top of the Bunya Mountains, you can feel the change in the air; crisp, fresh and cool. The Bunya Mountains are home to the largest natural bunya pine forest in the world and you can see this right away. We set out on the Big Falls lookout walk, a 5.6km return through the rainforest starting at Paradise Carpark.

Crisp Air And Towering Trees // Bunya Mountains (QLD), Harry Candlin,, tree tunnel, person, branches, path, hero

We were greeted with towering bunya pines that completely inhabited the forest while keeping it secluded. The track was downhill but well sealed. We needed a jumper on because of rainforest cover, but as soon as we got out to the grassy hills, we were welcomed to a warm and inviting sun. From here you can look out over the range towards Kingaroy and Nanango.

We weren’t treated to any waterfalls at Big Falls as it hadn’t rained for a while, which was a bit disappointing as the trek back, was uphill and was getting hotter as the day progressed.

Mount Kiangarow

Our afternoon walk was to the highest point of the Bunya Mountains, Mount Kiangarow, at 1135m. The temperature in the late afternoon was refreshing and the light was beautiful. The grass trees stood out up here and gave some nice foreground for photos.
Crisp Air And Towering Trees // Bunya Mountains (QLD), Harry Candlin, grass trees, mountain view
On our way out we stopped at Fishers Lookout where we flew the drone for half and hour and sat on the timber seat at the top of the hill, watching the sun go down. The view is vast and appears to go on forever and ever until all you see is horizon. It’s magnificent. Big gum trees and nice grasslands around the top could lead to some excellent shots in the right light.
Sadly the day had to come to an end and the 3-hour trip back to Brisbane awaited us.
Note: there is limited to no phone service in the park.

Essential Gear

  • Jumper, as it can get cold here any time of the year
  • Camera with long and wide lens
  • Camping gear & tent
  • Walking shoes

How To Get There

To get to the Bunya Mountains National Park requires driving along a steep windy road at both ends of the park. It’s a 3-hour drive west from Brisbane and 45 minutes from Kingaroy.

Activities

  • Camping
  • Wildlife
  • Photography
  • Lookouts
  • Hiking
  • Restaurant and coffee at Elz Bistro

Skill Level

Beginner — walks are super easy and relatively flat. They are mapped and signed really well.

Distance Covered / Elevation gain

Mount Kiangarow: 2.3km return / 50m approximately.
Big Falls Lookout: 5.6km / 50m approximately.

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