Bunyaville Conservation Park Brisbane

Photo credit: Jason Flesser ©️ Queensland Museum

Things to do

    Take a leisurely walk on one of the park's trails. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

    Take a leisurely walk on one of the park's trails. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

    Bunyaville's open grassy areas are a great place for a relaxing picnic. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Bunyaville's open grassy areas are a great place for a relaxing picnic. Photo: Queensland Government.

    Bunyaville Conservation Park offers many opportunities for the visitors to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds.

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is not permitted in Bunyaville Conservation Park.

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Brisbane. For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    Five bushwalking tracks can be accessed from the picnic area. Tracks are classified according to Australian Standards.

    Key to track standards

    The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that each track is classified according to its most difficult section, some sections may be easier.

    Class 3 walking trackClass 3 track (Australian Standards)

    • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
    • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
    • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
    Walking tracksClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
    Tree discovery circuit Class 3 walking trackClass 3 650m return Allow 15min Featuring a boardwalk and interpretive signs, this walking track branches off the Bunyaville track and is easily accessed from the northern end of the picnic area. Meander through dry open forest and discover the diverse range of eucalypt species found in this peaceful reserve. Koalas are occasionally seen here—look out for their grey bodies high in the trees.
    Bunyaville track Class 3 walking trackClass 3 1.6km return Allow 30min This track leaves from the northern end of the picnic area and leads through open eucalypt forest to the southern end of the day-use area. You may be lucky enough to see a carpet python basking in the sun or a large grass-yellow butterfly Eurema hecabe flutter by. Watch and listen for the pied currawong and laughing kookaburra.
    Classroom track Class 3 walking trackClass 3 337m one way Allow 10min

    This track leads to several amphitheatres in the forest—lovely places to sit and listen to birds or just enjoy nature.

    Powerful owl track Class 3 walking trackClass 3 560m Allow 15min

    This walk guides you alongside Abany Creek through forest dominated by spotted gum, grey gum and ironbark. Look out for possum, goanna and koala scratches on the smooth bark of the grey gums.

    Education Centre track Class 3 walking trackClass 3 241m return Allow 10min

    This short track leads past the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre and down to the Tree discovery circuit.

    You can also walk on the shared trail network in Bunyaville Conservation Park unless otherwise signed.

    Visitors can also enjoy bushwalking with their dogs on the shared trails only. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Each trail entry has a sign indicating which recreational activities are permitted.

    Horse and mountain bike riding

    Horseriding

    Horses may be ridden on all shared recreational trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park unless otherwise signed. Horseriders are not permitted to ride on the designated mountain bike trails. For more information on horseriding trails in South East Queensland visit the SEQ horseriding trail network.

    To help reduce your impact on our natural areas please observe the following code of conduct:

    • Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at the designated crossing points on the trail to protect watercourses in the area.
    • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
    • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
    • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before visiting the park.

    Mountain-bike riding

    There are ten designated mountain bike trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park. In addition, mountain bikers are permitted on all the shared trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park, unless otherwise signed.

    Horseriders and bushwalkers are not permitted on these designated mountain bike trails.

    A high level of fitness and sound navigational skills are required to ride on the designated mountain bike trails. The undulating landscape of the park is perfect for cross-country mountain-bike riding. Challenging gradients, soil types, natural obstacles and vegetation make the rides interesting.

    Mountain bike trail classification descriptions
    ClassDescription
    Easy mountain bike trailEasy Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills.
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain bikers. 
    Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.

    Mountain bike trails (horses and walkers prohibited)

    Mountain bike trail distances are one-way.

    TrailsClassificationDistanceTimeDescription
    Track 1
    Wallaby trail
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 900m Allow 5 to 10min Wallaby trail drops down into Kingfisher Creek and then winds up to the GT break.
    Track 2
    Jurassic
    Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult 1.36km Allow 10 to 20min Jurassic trail is for experienced riders only. It features many challenging obstacles and drop-offs.
    Track 3
    Gum nuts
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 1.32km Allow 10 to 20min When starting from the Jinker track, this trail runs mostly downhill to Sandy Creek.
    Track 4
    Creek trail
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  980m Allow 10 to 15min Creek trail is a picturesque trail that crosses Albany Creek multiple times.
    Track 5
    Kokoda
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 545m Allow 5 to 10min Kokoda follows an upper tributary of Albany Creek between Creek trail and Collins Road break. Watch out for tricky rock causeways.
    Track 6
    Carnivore
    Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult 790m Allow 5 to 10min The Carnivore trail is very steep.
    Track 7
    Steps
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 820m Allow 5 to 10min

    Steps trail follows a gentle-sloping ridge before dropping quickly through a series of switchbacks to the old dam.

    Track 8
    Suger glider
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 1.5km Allow 10 to 20min

    Sugar glider trail is an undulating trail—great for improving your climbing skills.

    Track 9
    Mini van
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 1.1km Allow 5 to 10min

    Mostly ridden downhill from the Bunya Road end of the trail.

    This track is a XC flow trail with B lines around some of the technical trail features.

    Minivan takes its name from the rusty remains of a car that can be seen laying on its roof beside the trail.

    Track 10
    Zig-zag
    Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate 465m Allow 5 to 10min

    Zig-zag trail features many tight corners along a short downhill run.

    Other designated mountain bike and shared trails can also be found close by at Samford Conservation Park. Ride or drive the short distance from Bunyaville Conservation Park to Samford Conservation Pak as shown on the linkages map (PDF, 234.0KB) .

    D’Aguilar National Park and sections of Daisy Hill Conservation Park (part of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area) also have shared trails and designated mountain bike trails. Mt Coot-tha Forest also has multiple-use trails; a mountain bike trail map is available from the Brisbane City Council website. Many of the trails in these areas have large hill climbs and require a higher level of fitness.

    Follow the give-way code

    Give way sign
    • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders, and alert others when approaching them.
    • Walkers must give way to horses.

    Ride safely

    • Always wear a helmet.
    • Follow the give-way code.
    • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
    • Slow down and consider other track users.
    • Avoid riding in large groups.
    • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
    • Ride only on formed roads and trails designated for riding. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
    • Respect areas closed to riding.
    • Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.

    Guided tours and talks

    Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre

    Education Queensland operates the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre in the reserve. The centre provides educational programs for schools. Contact the centre for details and bookings on (07) 3353 4356 or visit the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre website.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the Bunyaville picnic area. Wood barbecues, picnic tables, drinking water and toilets are provided. Bring your own clean-milled wood, such as untreated mill cut-offs.

    If visiting in a large group, or as part of an organised activity, an organised event permit or notification may be required. Contact the Permits and Licence Management unit for more information.

    Viewing wildlife

    The sights and sounds of lorikeets, kookaburras, parrots, doves and a myriad of other native birds fill the forest at Bunyaville. The park is also home to koalas, echidnas, wallabies and possums.

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