Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 30th 2020
Find peace in nature at Springbrook National Park
Buliya-Buliya Jagun - Land of Many Little Birds Boardwalk - in Springbrook National Park on Yugambeh Country is currently open despite some restrictions remaining across Queensland National Parks until 12 June 2020.
Buliya-Buliya Jagun living up to its name with a superb fairy wren
To reach this enticing100m return boardwalk visitors can set their GPS for, and park in, the Gauriemabah - Place of Stories - carpark.
Buliya-Buliya Jagun - land of many little birds - boardwalk
Winding past Gauriemabah at the old schoolhouse, and then the old play shed, the Grade 2 walking track then leads directly onto the boardwalk. For more information, and a map, visitors can download an information brochure with a map of Springbrook National Park here. Unlike many of the short walks and lookout points in Springbrook National Park, Buliya-Buliya Jagun - Land of Many Little Birds Boardwalk simply immerses visitors in a section of pristine Gondwana rainforest that includes shrubs and small trees so favoured by many of the smaller rainforest birds.
Buliya-Buliya Jagun is surrounded by small shrubs, ancient tree ferns, and Gondwana rainforest
About halfway along the boardwalk is a long seat that is ideal for quiet birdwatching and photography. People visiting here tend to be friendly, and will often point out the various species they have spotted.
This thoughtfully place seat allows visitors to sit quietly and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest
The boardwalk continues for a short distance beyond the seat to a platform that would make an ideal lookout if not for the dense shrubbery so loved by birds and wildlife that impedes visitors' views of the valley below.
View of the rainforest from the platform at the end of the boardwalk
Although currently closed due to the pandemic, Gauriemabah - the Place of Stories - and the old playshed are well worth a visit once they reopen. The information centre at Gauriemabah celebrated its 100th year in 1911, and until it reopens visitors can view the extensive information board and download the MyRanger mobile app and scan the QR codes provided here for more information.
Information and QR Codes for the MyRanger app at Gauriemabah - Place of Stories near the entrance to the boardwalk
The rainforest around Buliya-Buliya Jagun makes this short, well-maintained, stop worthwhile in its own right, and includes remnants of logging such as a huge stump that stands between the carpark and the trail.
A huge stump is testament to the early loggers
Facilities here include toilets, but there is no fresh drinking water available. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen and insect repellant, especially in summer. It is also wise to pack something warm in winter since temperatures may be up to 5 degrees cooler than those on the lowlands, and to bring a waterproof jacket during any visit since the annual rainfall here can be up to 3000mm! Domestic animals are not allowed in the national park, and visitors are asked to take all rubbish home with them for disposal.
Clean, flushing toilets are available next to the carpark
Although a much shorter track than most within Springbrook National Park, Buliya-Buliya Jagun gives visitors the opportunity to take a change of pace from hiking to just sit quietly and commune with this ancient, World Heritage rainforest.
An ancient tree fern above the Buliya-Buliya Jagun boardwalk