Day Trip in the Bunya Mountains
Towering bunya pines Crisp, fresh air Rainforest Great food at Elz Bistro
As you wind the window down driving the road to the top, you can feel the change in the air; crisp, fresh and cool. The Bunya Mountains is 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. 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 disappointing. The trek back, was uphill and was getting hotter as the day progressed.
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Our afternoon walk was to the highest point of the Bunya Mountains, Mount Kiangarow at 1135m. The temperate 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.
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. Its magnificent. Big gum trees and nice grasslands around the top could lead to some excellent shots if in the right light.
Sadly the day had to come to an end and the 3 hour trip back to Brisbane awaited us. Also there is limited to no phone service in the park.
Essential Gear Required:
- Jumper, as it can get cold here any time of the year.
- Camera with long and wide lense.
- Camping gear & tent.
- Walking shoes.
How to get there:
Bunya Mountains National Park
To get here requires a steep windy road at both ends of the park.
3 hour drive west from Brisbane and 45 minutes from Kingaroy.
- Restaurant and coffee at Elz Bistro
Beginner. Walks are super easy and relatively flat. They are mapped and signed really well.
Mount Kiangarow: 2.3km return / 50m approximately.
Big Falls Lookout: 5.6km / 50m approximately.