Things to do Bunya Mountains with Kids
It’s often the unexpected that makes a holiday destination even better and the Bunya Mountains in Queensland, Australia certainly meets this criteria. These magnificent mountains are home to not only the most westerly rainforest in Queensland but also home to impressive wildlife, lovely people, and lots of things to do for families.
Whether you are looking for a weekend or a week away, there are so many things to do at the Bunya Mountains we think it deserves some serious consideration and this is why.
Spectacular scenery at Bunya Mountains
Whether you are in the middle of the rainforest or you’re standing on the edge of the mountain, you will get to experience the spectacular scenery and stunning views. When the sun goes down, the mountains certainly don’t lose their charm, with every star seeming to shine that bit brighter. When you wake up in the morning, the mist-covered mountain is enchanting and the crisp morning air certainly makes a fresh start to the day.
The wildlife at Bunya Mountains
When we visited, what amazed the boys was the diversity of the wildlife. Not only are there hundreds of wallabies, but also a huge assortment of birds, reptiles, echidnas, koalas, possums and bandicoots. The Bunyas are home to Australia’s largest colony of Chocolate Wattled Bat who emerge from the old school house at Dandabah at dusk to feed on insects. But the animals I would most love to see are the fireflies, who shine their light at dusk throughout October and November.
Fantastic Bunya Mountains walking trails
With an impressive 35km of walking trails, there is sure to be one that suits you. For the young, old or less adventurous, there is a short 500m walk to enjoy. For the hikers, there is a 10km track to keep you happy, and for the rest of us, there are plenty of trails to choose from in between. Each track is easy to navigate and is numbered and classified as to its difficulty.
The Bunya Nut Burger
Okay so the boys weren’t so keen to try one but we certainly did and we loved it. When it comes to food, you won’t go hungry with two cafes, a restaurant and loads of space to set up your own picnic. Remember if you’re staying overnight, you’ll need to bring groceries with you, unless you plan to eat out for every meal. There is a small general store there if you need anything extra.
Here are your options for eating out on the mountain.
Poppies on the Hill Café is open 9 am to 4 pm seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and takeaway dinners.
Elz Bistro is open for breakfast and lunch from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week.
Lyrics Restaurant is open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights only from 6 pm to late.
Really big trees in Bunya Mountains National Park
Okay, so that’s not something that would usually motivate me to go somewhere, however, these trees are HUGE, and for kids, I’m sure they seem even bigger. These mountains feature the world’s largest forest of bunya pines which have played a significant part in local Aboriginal culture.
Take a horse and cart ride around the Bunya Mountains
The horse drawn tours are iconic in these parts, so it’s worthwhile to give it a go and take in the highlights of the area. Tours range from a novelty cart ride that last for 10 minutes and costs $5 per person, or you can venture down the old logging track and enjoy morning or afternoon tea in the rainforest including toasting bunya nuts over an open fire when they’re in season. This tour takes two hours and costs $40 per adult and $20 per child. Visit their website for further information.
Feed wild Australian King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas
At the Bunya Mountains, you are lucky to be able to get up close to the beautiful wild King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas. There are four feeding sessions a day outside the General Store, at a cost of $5.00 per tray. Try to book ahead so you don’t miss out Ph: 07 4668 3131.
Even when you are travelling with boys, the Bunyas are still peaceful. I don’t know what it is, but there is something on the mountain that seemed to slow us all down. Maybe it was the long walks we took the boys on!
Loads of family-friendly Bunya Mountains Accommodation
There are no high-rise buildings here! Instead, you get to choose from a large array of mostly houses – perfect for families! There was so much to love about the house we stayed in, as there is for so many of the houses. Sitting out on the back deck with stunning views overlooking the forest and enjoying a wine, while the boys were kept busy watching the wallabies and the crimson rosellas feed. When it got too cold to sit outside, we came into the warmth of the fire.
Quick tips for your Bunya Mountains holiday
- There are no petrol, ATM or alcohol outlets on the mountain, so make sure you stock up before you get there.
- The phone reception is pretty patchy. If it is essential that you have phone reception then make sure you ask which houses have phone reception when you’re booking. Otherwise, enjoy the fact they won’t work for much of the time.
- It can get pretty cold on the mountain so make sure you take the right clothing.
- The Bunya Mountains Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm.
Getting to the Bunya Mountains
Bunya Mountains National Park is approximately 1 ½ hours from Toowoomba, 3 hours from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and 4 hours from the Gold Coast. It is situated almost centrally between Kingaroy and Dalby.