Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Follow the mountain side track to Koondaii lookout and stunning views of the Koondaii Valley. Photo credit: Robert Ashdown © Queensland Government

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

Koondaii circuit

Experience the colours and sounds of the rainforest and enjoy views from the western edge of the Bunya Mountains.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
2.5km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1hr walking time.
Grade
Grade 4 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

From the Westcott picnic area, zigzag down a steep slope in and out of open forest to the Koondaii lookout. Gaze at panoramic views over the rainforest gully, Koondaii Valley and the distant plains of the Darling Downs.

In late summer, enjoy the picturesque carpet of velvety-pink lacebark flowers covering the track. During spring, delight in the elaborate yellow blossoms of king orchids along the cliff edge. Listen for wonga pigeons cooing and honeyeaters chattering as they feed on nectar-filled blossoms. See topknot pigeons feeding in fig trees and watch peregrine falcons taking flight from the cliffs.

It's easier to walk this circuit in a clockwise direction.

Getting there and getting around

The Koondaii circuit is in the Bunya Mountains National Park, 200km north-west of Brisbane and 125km north-west of Toowoomba in the South Burnett region.

  • The circuit starts from Westcott picnic area, 4km 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

Koondaii circuit 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.