Bunya Mountains National Park Southern Queensland Country

Experience the best of the Bunya Mountains National Park on the Scenic circuit. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

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

Scenic circuit

Experience ancient bunya pine forest, delightful waterfalls and rock pools, towering trees and sweeping vistas of valleys on this easy walk.

Journey type
4km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
Grade 3 walking track
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Walking

From the Dandabah picnic area, wander through splendid bunya pine forest, passing Festoon and Tim Shea falls. Gaze at a towering strangler fig and soak up stunning panoramic view of the valleys and hills of South Burnett from Pine Gorge lookout.

Look for green catbirds, paradise rifle-birds and red-legged pademelons. Peek in rock pools for the huge tadpoles of great barred frogs, and try to spot rare sooty owls, which sometimes roost in the hollow of the giant fig tree straddling the boardwalk.

If time is short, walk in an anti-clockwise direction and turn back at either Festoon Falls or Pine Gorge lookout.

Getting there and getting around

The Scenic 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 the Dandabah picnic area, at the south-eastern park entrance.
  • Turn off Bunya Mountains Road onto Bunya Avenue and drive 1km to the picnic area.

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

Scenic 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.