Bunya Mountains is a section of rugged wilderness in the Great Dividing Range, known for its fresh mountain air, cool climate and alpine scenery. Its pristine rainforest and woodlands contain some of Australia’s most remarkable flora and fauna, while kilometres of walking and cycle paths take you past incredible cliffs and waterfalls.
Things to do in Bunya Mountains
The grasslands, rainforest and mountain tops of Bunya Mountains National Park offer countless opportunities for trekking and cycling. There are cycle paths suitable for all levels, while hiking routes reveal stunning panoramic views of the countryside. Visit the granite cliffs at Coomba Falls for a picnic and take a dip in the natural swimming holes.
The mountains are home to over 100 species of birds, including crimson rosellas and king parrots. Get up close to them in one of the daily feeding sessions or go out at dusk to see Australia’s biggest colony of wattled bats. Hike up near the peaks to see redneck wallabies or walk around the foothills and spot bandicoots and spiny anteaters.
The Bunya Mountain Market, held at the end of every month, has more than 30 stalls of handmade crafts and sells local Bunya nut delicacies, such as carrot cake and Bunya nut ice cream. Join the native birds and animals for breakfast at Poppies on the Hill Cafe, set in the middle of the rainforest.
Getting around Bunya Mountains
Bunya Mountains is a three-hour drive from Brisbane via scenic mountain roads. Public transport is limited, but the village is small and easy to get around on foot, with various hiking and cycling trails.