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Published July 23rd 2014
A Weekend Away with Friends and Family
A quick weekend trip to the Bunya Mountains makes for a lovely escape from the working week, and is perfect for a catch up with old friends.
There are a huge number of fantastic holiday rentals to choose from and you can view all of them at the very convenient Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre. Most of the houses hold up to 10 guests, and even in winter, the fireplace-warmed properties are filled with happy families and large groups of mates.
We choose to stay in Colonial Cottage, a charming wooden house, but because we arrived long after the sun had set, we will forever describe it as the scariest place on earth. When we first pulled into the carport we were greeted by a large number of ominous rustic axes, as well as various other cutting and sawing devices. In the bedrooms the taxidermy animals stared down from their headboards and when we looked out into the large dark field behind the house, we were pretty sure that if something went wrong, no one was there to hear us scream.
However in the bright light of the morning it was clear the cutting items were securely displayed on the garage wall and well within the theme of the cottage. The bedrooms were filled with coloured light pouring in through the amazing wall-length stained glassed windows, and there were actually a number of houses just across the field behind the house, which is in the morning is littered with a mob of bouncing wallabies. The place is no longer scary; in fact it was absolutely adorable.
Colonial Cottage and many of the other properties available for rent are right on the main drag and as a result are the perfect base for visitors to investigate the stunning surrounds. At the end of the street lay Poppies Café, the corner store, the bird feed and of course the entrance to the national park.
Over the weekend we went on a number of lovely bush walks including a short 3km walk to a nearby Pine George Lookout, which after we got lost, became one of the nicest 12km walks I've ever been on. Not once did I curse our inability to read maps, but instead I was grateful for our time amongst the world's largest forest of Bunya Pines.
Although the main attraction of the Bunya Mountains is the stunning bush walks we had a lovely time relaxing in the backyard on a picnic rug, surrounded by the wallabies and their joeys, or playing cards on the front porch waving at the families travelling by on the horse-drawn buggy that leaves from down the road.
Just a quick tip though… when you do type "Bunya Avenue" into your GPS, make sure it selects the right suburb… two of our parties ended up in Wondai, a good hour north of our lovely cottage, where we sat waiting to start our magical weekend away.