I recently attended an engagement party/barbecue at Bunyaville Conservation Park, a location previously unknown to me but an absolute delight to discover. We entered via Old Northern Rd, Everton Hills and parked in one of four generous sized car parks close to the 'day-use' area.The weather was picture perfect, sunlight streaming through the tall trees of the picnic area, which proved to be an idyllic spot for the celebration.
Extending either side of the road into the green gully, the day-use areas contain picnic tables, sheltered areas, barbecues, firewood and a clean, wheelchair accessible toilet block. There is only one sheltered picnic area on each side and if you want it, you need to get there really early; we were fortunate enough to have relatives living close by and they arrived by 6.00am to reserve the large covered area. If you luck out, there are still plenty of uncovered picnic tables and barbecues about.
There is ample room for the kids to run around while still remaining in sight, and space enough for a game of cricket or football - but be careful, we did lose a football to one of the trees and almost lost the cricket ball a number of times!
The park itself is huge and contains several multi-use tracks (walking, cycling, horseriding), 10 dedicated bike tracks and 2 bushwalking tracks (650m and 1.6km return). It is home to the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre which runs programs for school children, and is part of the Connect With Nature program which runs nature inspired educational activities at parks and forests across Queensland.