Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Explore the fern-carpeted subtropical rainforest of the Cherry Plain to Burtons Well track. Photo credit: © Bruce Thomson

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

Cherry Plain to Burtons Well walk

Delight in the beauty of nature on the park’s longest west-side walk as you discover rainforest, vine thickets, open forest and scenic lookouts.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
12km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 3-4hrs walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural and constructed)
  • Walking

From Burtons Well picnic area, wander through fern-carpeted rainforest along the mountain top and admire views from scenic lookouts, including Bottle Tree Bluff, Ghinghion and Cherry Plain. In spring, marvel at the cliff lines edged with golden-flowering king orchids. Walk through pockets of open forest with views over sheltered valleys and distant plains then emerge into open forest and grasslands along the western cliff line.

Listen for the songs of forest birds and the croak of frogs in the gully streams. Scan the forest floor for feasting black-breasted button-quails.

For a shorter walk, arrange to be picked up at Cherry Plain or return to Burtons Well by road (8.4km in total).

Getting there and getting around

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

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 to Burtons Well walk 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 and Walk with care.