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Kumbartcho Sanctuary Walks

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Published October 29th 2019
Walk to Bunya Crossing Reserve, Sargent Reserve, and Yuraba
Kumbartcho Sanctuary is located at Eatons Hill, about 21 kilometres North West of Brisbane City. It's a great place for nature lovers, is family friendly, and free, which is hard to believe, as there is so much on offer here. You can choose to walk within the Sanctuary itself, or further afield, to Bunya Crossing Reserve, Sargent Reserve, or to the Yuraba Conference Centre.

Boardwalk through Kumbartcho Sanctuary with glimpses of the reservoir through the trees (right side)
Boardwalk through Kumbartcho Sanctuary with glimpses of the reservoir through the trees (right side)


Walks within Kumbartcho Sanctuary: The pathway around the reservoir has lovely views over the water. On my last visit, I saw lots of birds, including a kookaburra. To access this walk, park in the Nursery Car Park (see map below). The path on the right will take you around the reservoir.

Kumbartcho Sanctuary Map
Kumbartcho Sanctuary Map


It's also nice to wander around, exploring other attractions inside the Sanctuary. These include a Nursery which sells native plants, a Canopy Viewing area (this a great place to listen to the birds), as well as a Koala Viewing Platform, a Frog House, and a Fairy Garden. I have never spotted a koala or a frog on my visits, but always see fairies.

View from the Jann McArthur Track on the way to Bunya Crossing Reserve
View from the Jann McArthur Track on the way to the Bunya Crossing Reserve Picnic area


The walk to Bunya Crossing Reserve in Albany Creek is a favourite. The track is unsealed and follows the South Pine River through Kumbartcho Sanctuary, all the way to Bunya Crossing Reserve. There are lots of trees, and many peaceful spots to stop and look out over the water.

Facilities at the Bunya Crossing Reserve Picnic area include two picnic tables with seating, a barbecue, toilet, and car park. Swimming in the South Pine River is a popular activity here.

From the picnic area at Bunya Crossing Reserve, continue along the track (located on the other side of the car park). The river can be viewed from a different perspective as you slowly move up the hill. The track emerges from bushland at Cressbrook Drive (corner Atkinson Court), in Albany Creek (distance to this point is around 1.7km).

View of South Pine River from the Bunya Crossing Reserve Picnic area. This scene reminds me of a time when kids were free to roam, and the only safety rule, was to be home in time for dinner.
View of South Pine River from the Bunya Crossing Reserve Picnic area. This scene reminds me of a time when kids were free to roam, and the only safety rule, was to be home in time for dinner.


Take a sharp left at the bottom of these stairs, onto the unsealed track.
Take a sharp left at the bottom of these stairs, onto the unsealed track.


Directions to Bunya Crossing Reserve: From the Nursery Car Park, take the path on the left. Continue past the Nursery, and at the bottom of the stairs, take a sharp left, onto the unsealed track. Follow the track for about three-quarters of a kilometre until you see on your right, a concrete path with a bridge across the South Pine River. Cross the river, and follow the path. This section of the walk is known as the Jann McArthur Track.

Sargent Reserve
Sargent Reserve


Sargent Reserve has a sports field, and other mown grass areas, as well as two covered picnic tables, a barbecue, water fountain, playground equipment, a small skate park, basketball court, toilet, and car park. There is also a dog off-leash area.

Directions to Sargent Reserve: Follow directions for the Bunya Crossing Reserve walk, but do not cross the river. Instead, follow the track/road until you reach the top of the hill. You'll emerge near the playground (distance to this point is around one kilometre).

A view of Church Road Park on the Yuraba Walk. Bush on one side, and peoples' properties on the other. There are no views of the river.
A view of Church Road Park on the Yuraba Walk. Bush on one side, and peoples' properties on the other. There are no views of the river.


The Yuraba Conference Centre walk passes through the beautiful, treed landscape of Kumbartcho Sanctuary, but the scenery changes when you reach Church Road Park. On that section of the walk, the view into other peoples' backyards, made me feel a bit like an interloper, so was not as enjoyable. There is a shelter with seating in this park, just before Church Road, where the Yuraba Conference Centre is located (distance to the Yuraba Conference Centre is around 1.8km).

 Signage deteriorated after leaving the Sanctuary. At times, we wondered if we were going in the right direction, especially at one stage, when the path between bush and fence line became extremely narrow.
Signage deteriorated after leaving the Sanctuary. At times, we wondered if we were going in the right direction, especially at one stage, when the path between bush and fence line became extremely narrow.


Directions to Yuraba Conference Centre: From the Nursery Car Park, take the path on the left. Go past the Nursery, and at the bottom of the stairs, continue along the concrete path which veers right. Cross the suspension bridge, and follow the signs to Yuraba. After crossing another bridge, you'll arrive at a mown grass corridor, with bush on one side, and the fence lines of peoples' properties on the other. It's impossible to get lost if you stay on the mown grass and follow the bush line.

Yuraba Conference Centre. The Conference Centre building is off-limits, but there are nice views of the river, from the Car Park.
Yuraba Conference Centre. The Conference Centre building is off-limits, but there are nice views of the river, from the Car Park.


NOTE: All distances were measured from the bottom of the stairs at Kumbartcho Sanctuary.

DOGS: Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the Kumbartcho Sanctuary. However, they are allowed at Bunya Crossing Reserve if kept on a lead, and on the Jann McArthur Track, so a walk from Bunya Crossing Reserve to Sargent Reserve is possible. Access to the Car Park at Bunya Crossing Reserve is from the end of Dugandan Road, Bunya. Access to the Car Park at Sargent Reserve is from Bunya Crossing Road, Eatons Hill.
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Why? Beautiful Bushland Walks
When: Open from 7am to 7pm every day of the year.
Where: 15 Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill
Cost: Free
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