Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Bunya Mountains National Park is a haven the whole family will enjoy. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

About Bunya Mountains

    Park features

    Rising abruptly from the surrounding plains, the cool peaks of the Bunya Mountains reach more than 1,100m and offer spectacular mountain scenery, views and abundant wildlife.

    Bunya Mountains National Park (declared in 1908) is Queensland’s second oldest national park. It shelters the world’s largest stand of ancient bunya pines Araucaria bidwillii and more than 30 rare and threatened species.

    The bunya pines tower over tall, moist rainforest along the range crest, while hoop pines dominate dry rainforest on lower slopes. Subtropical rainforest, once the most widespread rainforest community in Queensland, grows along the range crest and upper parts of the eastern side of the mountains. Semi-evergreen vine thickets and at least seven other types of dry rainforest grow on the lower or western slopes. The park's forests shelter rare and threatened plants including orchids and small herbs. Natural grassland (locally known as 'balds') containing rare grass species are scattered across the mountains. The national park also protects open eucalypt forests, woodlands, brigalow scrub and the largest protected areas of vine thickets dominated by bottle trees in Australia.

    The park is home to about 120 species of birds and many species of mammals, frogs and reptiles. Several rare and threatened animals live here including sooty owls, powerful owls, the black-breasted button quail, a skink species and a number of mammals. Birdlife is abundant, with brightly-coloured parrots being popular visitors to picnic areas.

    Long revered by generations of Aboriginal people—travelling long distances every few years for feasts and celebrations coinciding with mass crops of bunya 'nuts'—the Bunya Mountains are for all a worthy destination. Picnic and camping areas and more than 35km of walking tracks make it a wonderful place at which to escape the heat, or the hustle and bustle of modern life.

    Looking after the park

    By observing these rules you will contribute to the protection and conservation of the park so it may continue to give enjoyment to you and others.

    • Stay on designated roads and tracks and please obey signs.
    • Leave pets at home. Dogs, cats and other domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Never feed birds, wallabies or other wildlife. Feeding wildlife human foods can lead to illness, disease and death or over-population of some species. Animals can also develop aggressive behaviour that affects the enjoyment and experience of other visitors.
    • All plants, animals and natural and cultural features of the national park are protected. Do not remove living or dead plant material (including bunya cones and fallen timber), rocks or animals.
    • Minimise rubbish. Please take your rubbish and recyclable waste off the mountains.
    • Take care with fire. They are only permitted in the wood barbeques. If you light a fire, make sure it is out before you leave it. Use water, not sand or dirt, to extinguish the fire. Summer is a high fire risk time in the Bunya Mountains.
    • The small mountain streams are very sensitive to disturbance and not suitable for swimming. Please protect the aquatic life and water quality by staying out of the water.

    See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Bunya Mountains National Park was declared in 1908 and is Queensland's second oldest national park. It covers 19,600 hectares. See the description of the park's nature, culture and history for more information about the history and values of Bunya Mountains National Park.

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manage Bunya Mountains National Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

    A management plan for Bunya Mountains National Park will be prepared in the future.

    Tourism information links

    South Burnett Visitor Information Centres

    South Burnett Tourism

    Kingaroy Information Art and Heritage Precinct
    128 Haly Street
    Kingaroy QLD 4610
    ph (07) 4189 9172
    email kingaroyvic@southburnett.qld.gov.au
    or
    South Burnett Energy Centre
    41 Henry Street
    Nanango QLD 4615
    ph (07) 4189 9446
    email nanangovic@southburnett.qld.gov.au

    Dalby Visitor Information Centre

    Our Western Downs

    Thomas Jack Park
    Drayton Street
    Dalby QLD 4405
    ph (07) 4679 4461
    email dalby.vic@wdrc.qld.gov.au

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    For information on road conditions check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads or phone 13 19 40 before setting out.