Bunya Mountains Travel Guide

  • Warnings and Dangers
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    Dalby/Cooyar road
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    Pine Gorge Look-out
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Bunya Mountains Things to Do

  • THE ALTERNATE ROUTE # 18

    It was my final day in the Bunya Mountains and time to go home.We decided instead of heading back to Yarraman, we would continue on the Bunya Mountains road, then turn onto the Dalby/Cooyar road and follow that all the way to Dalby.This took us past Russell Park, another area that has walking tracks, one that I haven't been to yet. Once out the...

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  • CHECK THE UNUSUAL TREE # 17

    I always have my eyes peeled when walking any trails as I never know what I may see or find.Well, I found a very unusual rainforest tree with a really interesting pattern.The tree was a Strangler Fig. What would have happened, was it would have begun its life here as a seed. It attached itself around the tree that once stood here, and strangled it....

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  • WESTCLIFF LOOK-OUT # 16

    As I was walking through the rainforest, all of a sudden I came to a clearing which is known as a "bald" - a natural clearing, really quite unusual to find in amongst the rainforest. It was here, the sign told me I was at " Westcliff Look-out."This was another good one, where the views went for miles and miles. I was looking over the open plains of...

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  • WESTCLIFF TRACK # 15

    This is what I did the next day after the 10km walk. Feeling a bit worse for wear, and not from alcohol....I decided on a shorter walk today!The Westcliff Track at 3.2km and 1.5km return by road, a total 4.7kms, that should take between 2 – 3 hours walking a Class 3 track sounded not a bad option. Once again my husband dropped me off and picked me...

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  • FESTOON FALLS # 7

    I am doing the Barker Creek circuit track which is 10 km return, that will take me 3-4hours of walking. It is rated a Class 3 trackMy walk begins at the trailhead by the car- park at Dandabah. or you can begin at the other end at Paradise car park. The track passes through spectacular rainforest, grassland and some eucalypt forest and has side...

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  • LITTLE FALLS & PARADISE FALLS # 13 # 14

    Returning from Barkers creek lookout, we head along the trail we were on before and come across the next waterfall named "Little Falls." Funny thing, is these falls were no smaller than any of the others we had seen. They were in quite an attractive setting and would be nice to splash around in on a very hot day.Quite close by are Paradise Falls...

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  • BARKER CREEK LOOKOUT # 12

    The walk to Barker Creek Lookout is a dead-end track, so you have to return the same way you came.This look-out I really think is not worth the extra walking distance to come and see the view. I was very disappointed with what I saw, which you can see in my photoNOT WORTH IT!

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  • TIM SHEA FALLS # 11

    Once again, there wasn't much water going over the small falls. I did manage to see a Flycatcher [bird], one I had never seen before, it was trying to catch insects. The walk to the falls is pretty as I passed by many rock pools surrounded by ferns and Tree ferns. Extremely tall trees, stretching for the sun were amazing. Stand beside them and see...

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  • PINE GORGE LOOKOUT # 10

    Next stop on my trail is a side track to Pine Gorge Lookout.This is a nice spot for a breather, seat provided. Grass-trees are growing along the ridge, and views are far reaching. In the distance I could see the towers of the Tarong Power Station. In the other direction, there is a good view of the Chalets in the Bunya Mountains estate.

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  • "BRUSH TURKEY MOUND" # 9

    The track I have been walking along is known as Bunya Bunya Track, an easy walk of approx. 500m. As you walk, check out the tree names.Not far from Festoon Falls, look to the left and you will see a huge pile of leaves, twigs and rainforest bits and pieces.This is the nest of a Brush Turkey also known as Bush Turkey or Scrub Turkey.The Australian...

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  • BE TARZAN! # 8

    On my way down to the bottom of Festoon Falls, I came across a huge Strangler Vine hanging down in the middle of the pathway.These vines are extremely strong, so an Adult can swing on them without any worries about the vine breaking. Children have a lot of fun swinging on these and making out to be Tarzan. Great photo opportunity!

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  • DANDABAH SETTLEMENT # 3

    Dandabah Settlement is the area where walks start from, the Conference centre is located, and so are a lot of different types of accommodation offered. There is also a Cellar Door, Craft shop, Convenience store, a lovely Restaurant and plenty of Picnic facilities. We bought a coffee and sat at the outdoor tables and watched the wildlife.This is the...

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  • CHOICE OF RAINFOREST TRAILS # 6

    There are quite a few different walks of all different levels of fitness that you can do.At the settlement of Dandabah, walks will take you to Festoon Falls, Tim Shea Falls, Paradise Falls, Big and Little Falls, Barker Creek Lookout and Pine Gorge Lookout.On a return visit, it was foggy and damp giving the rainforest a mysterious look, but no good...

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  • WILDLIFE AT DANDABAH # 4

    At Dandabah in the Bunya Mountains next to the National Park, you are sure to spot Pademelons and other Wallabies feeding on the lovely green grass near the Cafe and surrounds. We spotted quite a few infront of the large Conference Centre, so keep your eyes open. Even though they are wild animals, they are fairly quiet and you can get fairly close...

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  • MOUNT MOWBULLAN # 1

    At Maidenwell, [entrance to the Bunya Mountains], we have turned left and taken a part bitumen and part gravel road into the Bunya Mountains National Park. Located on the Bunya Mountains road, is Mount Mowbullan, that rises 1101 metres above sea -level. We came across the sign quite quick and had gone past before we realized it was a look-out. A...

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Bunya Mountains Warnings and Dangers

  • BUNYA PINE NUTS

    If you in the Bunya Mountains between December and March, be very wary of them. This is when the soccer-ball sized cones weighing up to 10 kg fall from the tops of towering trees, so you don't want to be camped or standing underneath one of the trees.

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  • TICKS

    Bush Ticks are known to be prevalent and active in the Bunya Mountains all year round. Spray yourself with insect repellent and wear clothes with long sleeves, jeans/trousers, socks and shoes.Even though I did all this, I found a tick on my body. How did it get there, I don't know as it was where my leg joins the torso, in a crease just where they...

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  • TACKLE ONLY WHAT YOUR FIT ENOUGH TO DO!

    The Bunya mountains national park is great, as it has trails for people with all levels of fitness. Everybody can enjoy something!Altogether, there are 35 km of walking tracks, ranging from a 500 m stroll to a 10 km hike. Each track has been numbered and classified so that you are able to select a walk to match your walking experience and fitness....

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Bunya Mountains Off The Beaten Path

  • DALBY & OAKEY

    You may remember me saying I could look from the Withcott Look-out and see over the Darling Downs. The township of Dalby is situated on the rich soils of the Darling Downs and is where the Bunya mountains road brought us out.Further on and closer to Toowoomba, is the town of Oakey. New since I was last here, was a Muralpainted on the old Co-Op...

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  • COOMBA WATERFALLS

    Coomba Waterfalls are located at Maidenwell, the Gateway to the Bunya Mountains. A short drive will take you to the carpark at the falls. A short walk to the falls, takes you through a large area of Australian grass trees. When we were there, there wasn't any water going over, but there still was a nice pool, with mown grass and picnic tables....

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