Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Picnic on a tiny grassland 'bald' surrounded by rainforest. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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

Cherry Plain picnic area

Park or picnic on a tiny grassland 'bald' surrounded by rainforest. From here you can head off for a scenic west-side walk to Burtons Well or Westcott.

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Attraction facilities

  • Picnic tables

Enjoy the serenity of this peaceful picnic and roadside parking area surrounded by rainforest, well away from the main visitor area of the Bunya Mountains. From here, walk north on Cherry Plains to Burtons Well track or south on the Westcott to Cherry Plains track.

Look for shy black-breasted button-quails in the dry rainforest gully a short distance along the track from Cherry Plain. Spy fairy-wrens, finches and scurrying skinks in open grassy areas. Listen for the sounds of wonga pigeons, green catbirds and eastern whipbirds calling in the surrounding rainforest. In the evening, spotlight for bandicoots, wallabies and pademelons.

Getting there and getting around

The Cherry Plain 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 6km along Bunya Mountains Road from the south-eastern park entrance.

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

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Cherry Plain 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.