Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 6th 2020
A wildlife haven with picnic facilities and hiking trails
Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton is a rustic national park despite its close proximity to the city, and the large number of visitors it attracts.
Venman Bushland National Park is a largely untouched, protected bushland area near Brisbane
Venman Bushland National Park is named after the last private owner, Mr Venman, who sold it to the old Albert Shire Council for $1 as he wanted it to be protected as natural bushland for future generations. In keeping with this, although upgrades have been completed to the well-maintained roads and carparks the facilities remain old fashioned and fit into the environment perfectly.
The roads and carpark were upgraded to accommodate the large number of visitors who enjoy this national park each year
Visitors enter an expansive picnic area as they exit the carpark, which is wheelchair friendly, and the first picnic table is reserved for disabled visitors. Spread throughout the trees are many more picnic tables and wood-fired BBQs (bring your own wood). There is also a small toilet block at the end of this area.
Venman Bushland National Park is set back from busy roads and remains a haven for wildlife. Right in the picnic area, it is not unusual to see koalas, kookaburras, and a variety of other birds. Venman Bushland National Park is also recognised as a protected habitat for vulnerable glossy black cockatoos.
Look up! Koalas live in the trees above the picnic area
There are two hiking trails that leave from this picnic area. The first is Tingalpa Creek Circuit, a 2.5km loop that follows part of Tingalpa Creek.
The two hiking trails are well signposted from the picnic area
Children delight in the stepping stones, and we've found it's best to bring a change of clothes and shoes along for them.
The shorter hiking trail is ideal for children
The second hiking trail is the 7.5Km Venman Circuit which can feed into a network of shared trails within the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area. A map of this area and trails is available here. Keep an eye out for the varied wildlife along these trails, such as red-necked wallabies, goannas, and carpet pythons.
Red-necked wallabies are often found people-watching along the trails
Entrance to Venman Bushland National Park is free, and no bookings are required. There is no potable drinking water available here, and no rubbish bins so visitors are asked to take their rubbish home with them for disposal.
Facilities here are rustic, and visitors are asked to take their rubbish home with them