WALKING THE BUNYA MOUNTAINS
The Bunya Mountains are lovely in hot weather as you can be assured it will be cooler here than else-where. In summer, the rainforest is quite cool, so in winter it is cold.
Summer temperatures are around 25° - 27°, not very hot at all.
Even if you come in summer, bring some warm clothing as the weather is unpredictable here. The climate is cool and the annual rainfall is very high - approx. 1000mm a year. Heavy fog and mists can occur any time of the year, a time you don't want to be walking through the rainforest as the tracks become very slippery.
Some of the rainforest plants have sharp spikes or leaves that sting, so don't touch anything - just incase! Stinging Nettles really hurt!
NEVER feed the wildlife, it can kill them or put them through a lot of pain
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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.
At the start of each track, you will find a notice with what you see on that track and the distance. If you have picked up the free leaflet from the Park office, this has a map.
A Class 3 track is a gently sloping, well-defined track with some steps or steep inclines.
Reasonable level of fitness is required.
A Class 4 track can be narrow and sometimes may be overgrown with stinging nettles. It has steps and steep inclines.
Moderate level of fitness required.
ESTIMATION OF TIME
Allow 15–20 minutes to walk 1 KM
Eastern rainforest circuits start from Dandabah or the Paradise car park.
(1) Bunya Bunya track—500 m return (10 mins) Class 3
(2) Scenic Circuit—4 km return from Dandabah picnic area (1 hr 20 mins) Class 3
(3) Barker Creek circuit track—10 km return (3–4 hrs) Class 3
(4) Barker Creek Lookout—5.4 km return (2 hrs) Class 3
(5) Paradise to Westcott—6.4 km return (3 hrs) or 3.2 km one way plus 1.5 km return by road (2–3 hrs) Class 3
(6) Koondaii circuit—2.5 km return (1 hr) Class 4
(7) Westcott to Cherry Plain track—9.6 km return (3–4 hrs) or 4.8 km one way plus 1.8 km return by road (2–3 hrs) Class 4
(8) Cherry Plain to Burtons Well—12 km return (4 hrs) or 6 km one way plus 2.4 km by road (3 hrs) Class 4
(9) Mount Kiangarow track—2.3 km return (1 hr) Class 3
I find plenty of time is allowed and that I usually finish the trail in good time.
Remember to wear sensible shoes for hiking, take a drink and wear a hat!
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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 love to get. I hadn't sprayed my whole body, only the areas where I thought the Tick would easily attach.
With some hard pulling, I managed to remove it.
Ticks bury their mouthparts into your skin, or an animals skin, causing irritation, illness or paralysis.
Check yourself and children carefully for ticks as some can be quite small. If you find a tick, use fine tweezers to carefully lever it out, then apply antiseptic. Expect some redness and swelling, but if you have a more severe reaction, seek medical advice promptly. A lump and red mark was left and didn't disappear until at least 4 - 6 weeks later.
YOU MUST MAKE SURE TO GET THE HEAD - DO NOT LEAVE IT IN YOUR SKIN.
Children are the most likely to get Tick paralysis. Initial symptoms of tick paralysis may include unsteady gait, increased weakness of the limbs, multiple rashes, headache, fever, flu like symptoms, tenderness of lymph nodes, and partial facial paralysis. Tick paralysis develops slowly as the tick engorges, which will take several days. Even when the tick is removed, the patient's condition typically will continue to deteriorate for a time and recovery is often slow.
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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.