Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Enjoy a wood-fired barbecue among the giant grasstrees at Burtons Well picnic area. Photo credit: © Robert Ashdown

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

Burtons Well picnic area

Picnic in the shade of stately stringybarks beside historic Burtons Well in this peaceful and protected spot, with giant grasstrees and panoramic views.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Attraction facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Wood-fired barbecue (BYO wood)
  • Picnic tables (some sheltered)
  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)

Near the park’s northern entrance discover the historic Burtons Well, a natural spring that was excavated in the early 1900s to provide clean water for bullocks and horses.

Relax over a picnic and admire stringybarks towering over wattles, grasstrees and other shrubs on the exposed ridge adjacent to rainforest. Marvel at the giant grasstrees that are several hundred years old. Look for grey fantails, tree-creepers and honeyeaters foraging among the leaves and flowers, and red-necked wallabies lazing on the grassy open areas.

If you’re feeling energetic, walk to Cherry Plain on the Cherry Plain to Burtons Well track.

Getting there and getting around

The Burtons Well picnic area is in the Bunya Mountains National Park, 200km north-west of Brisbane and 125km north-west of Toowoomba in the South Burnett region.

  • The picnic area is 8.5km along Bunya Mountains Road from the south-eastern park entrance, and approximately 4km from the northern park entrance, at the top of the steep descent to Kingaroy.

Several steep, narrow and winding routes, signposted as the Great Bunya Drive, lead to the park. The Bunya Mountains Road passes through the park from the south-east to the north.

From Brisbane via Toowoomba

  • Drive 138km west along the Ipswich Motorway and Warrego Highway to Toowoomba.
  • Continue 44km along the Warrego Highway to Jondaryan and turn right towards the Bunya Mountains.
  • Travel 34km to Maclagan, turn left and follow the signs for about 31km to the park; 2km of this road is gravel.

From Brisbane via Yarraman

  • Travel up the Brisbane Valley through Esk, or the D'Aguilar Highway through Kilcoy.
  • Drive to Yarraman then turn left onto the New England Highway towards Toowoomba and travel 20km.
  • Turn right to Maidenwell on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, then turn left to the Bunya Mountains; about 3.8km of the road is gravel.

From Nanango

  • Drive 30km to Maidenwell on Nanango-Tarong Road and turn right to the Bunya Mountains. This 55km route has about 4km of gravel road.

From Kingaroy

  • Drive via Kumbia on the Bunya Highway and turn left onto Bunya Mountains Road and drive to the northern park entrance. This 56km route is sealed road.

From Dalby

  • Travel 25km along Dalby-Cooyar Road to Kaimkillenbun, then drive 30km via Yamsion to Bunya Mountains Road and through to the south-eastern park entrance. These roads are sealed.

Wheelchair access

The toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Burtons Well picnic area is open 24 hours a day

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Bunya Mountains safely.