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Bunya Mountain Walk

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by Roz Glazebrook (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Brisbane. I love bushwalking, kayaking, wildlife, history and travel.
Published October 12th 2021
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View from Bottle Tree Bluff
View from Bottle Tree Bluff


Shady track
Shady track


It was my second trip to Bunya Mountains. It rained a lot on my last visit almost two years ago, so we couldn't do all the walks we wanted to. I wrote about that trip here.

Beautiful King Orchids
Beautiful King Orchids


Nice creek
Nice creek


This time, we had great weather, so we were able to do some of the walks we missed last time.

Seat with a view
Seat with a view


We drove up to the mountain on Friday afternoon and settled into our accommodation at the Mai Chalet, where we stayed on our last visit. It is on Bunya Avenue in Dandabah.

Mai chalet
Mai chalet


Gorgeous parrots
Gorgeous parrots


Karen surprised us with a large telescope, so we were able to look at the stars. I'd never looked through a telescope before and it was absolutely fantastic to see Jupiter with four moons around it and Saturn with rings around it. Bunya Mountains is a wonderful place to look at the stars because there are no lights around and it is very dark.

Cleaning our boots before walking
Cleaning our boots before walking


On Saturday, we set out early and did a car shuffle to leave some cars where we planned to finish the walk at Paradise. It was pretty cold when we started but we soon warmed up and started taking off layers.

Grass trees
Grass trees


We walked from Burtons Well to Paradise, a distance of just over 15 kilometres. Our walk followed the cliff line on the west side of the mountain. We climbed up Mt Kiangarow, which is the highest point in the Bunya Mountains. We passed some lookouts along our walk including Westcliffe Lookout, Koondaii Lookout, Cherrie Plains Lookout, Ghinghion Lookout and Bottle Tree Bluff.

Burton's Well sign
Burton's Well sign


There were some lovely views from the lookouts overlooking open plains and valleys. We saw lots of beautiful spring flowers, including the beautiful yellow king orchids. We climbed down a cliff to get a better view of lots of the orchids clinging to the side of the rocks.

On the trail
On the trail


Unfortunately, there is still a lot of prickly pear on the mountain. We also came across a large python on the track. It raised its head and looked very threatening, so we just waited quietly till it slithered off into the bush. It looked like it had had a big meal recently because of the large bulge in its stomach.

Snake on track
Snake on track


The Bunya Mountains were formed about 30 million years ago and are thought to be the remnant of an old shield volcano. They are located about 200 km or just over three hours' drive northwest of Brisbane.



Bunya trees and wallabies
Bunya trees and wallabies


Bunya Mountains National Park was declared in 1908 and is Queensland's second national park, featuring the largest area of bunya pines remaining in the world. The park is known for its abundant wildlife and spectacular views. There are lots of wallabies around the cabins and beautiful colourful friendly parrots.

Walking track
Walking track


Looking down
Looking down


On Sunday, we walked the Barker Creek Circuit. This walk takes in the eastern side of the park. The trail passed Paradise Falls, Little Falls, Big Falls Lookout, Barker Creek Lookout and Tim Shae Falls. It is a lovely walk with lots of interesting trees. There are labels on some of the trees.



I had done this walk last time, but it was a lot drier this trip and there wasn't as much water in the falls as on the previous trip.

Gympie stinging tree
Gympie stinging tree


Interesting tree
Interesting tree


We finished the weekend with lunch at Poppies Coffee Shop, which was very close to our chalet. One of my friends did pick up a tick on his back, so you need to be aware they are there. There was also quite a few Gympie stinging trees close to the track on the Barker Creek Circuit, so you need to watch children don't brush against them as the pain is excruciating. I know from experience.

Westcott Lookout
Westcott Lookout


Little Falls
Little Falls
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Great again Roz ! Some wonderful trips.
by hdona (score: 2|277) 46 days ago
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