I felt the need to get away again. When we were in New Zealand I had a bit of an ‘ah ha’ moment. I was reminded how much good it does me to be immersed in nature and free of the binds of domesticity and all that that entails. The freedom to be me and to explore and learn is so revitalising and uplifting. I vowed to not let too much time pass before I gave myself breaks away in the future, for my sake and for the sake of all who know me!
This was just a quick getaway – a good little pick me up. New Zealand has taught me that longer holidays are very important too and I plan to try for those at least once annually.
So my friend Mandy is living ‘in a shed’ on a property they own at Blackbutt in rural Queensland about 2 hours north west of Brisbane until their new house is built. ‘In a shed’ are her words and well it’s a few council approved ‘buildings’ but yes pretty rough. It’s a place her family often go to for family get together’s. She has 10 grandchildren and they love riding motorbikes on the property, the camp fires, the camping, poking around the waterhole etc. I haven’t seen Mandy for just over 2 years and I wanted to see her again so I decided to have a getaway that would be somewhere near her so I could drop in on her on the way.
It turns out that The Bunya Mountains are an hour west of Blackbutt and we haven’t been up there for six years almost to the day. We were last up there in August 2017. You can see reference to that fact in these posts:
So it was booked, a 3 night getaway from Monday to Thursday last week and a visit to Mandy and her husband was lined up for on the way up there.
There’s not a lot up at the Bunya Mountains which is what I love about it. There’s a General Store with an attached Tavern/Bistro/Cafe. There’s ‘Poppies on the Hill‘ cafe. That’s all besides the beautiful National Park with all it’s gorgeous walking tracks, and the cottages/accommodations scattered about many of which (including ours) are in private gated estates.
The Bunya Mountains are untouched by the outside world. It’s a wilderness area forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range, situated 150km from the coast and lying almost centrally between Kingaroy and Dalby. It’s dominated by ancient Bunya Pines that stand very tall above the rainforest canopy just as they did when dinosaurs ruled. Aboriginal people historically used Bunya Mountains as a meeting place for the various tribes scattered throughout Queensland and New South Wales. They feasted seasonally on the bunya nuts collected from the bunya pine trees (Araucaria bidwillii). Bunya pines drop cones containing edible seeds known as Bunya nuts from December to March. Heavy crops normally occur about every three years. You’ll see Bunya Nuts feature on the menu’s at the Tavern Bistro and at the cafes – Bunya Nut Scones for example, and the prawn salad you’ll see photographed within the gallery of photos below contained some bunya nuts too.
The Bunya Mountains are home to 121 species of birds, rare and precious varieties attract birdwatchers worldwide. Brilliantly coloured king parrots, crimson rosellas and satin bowerbirds are common sights. One of the most unique sounds you’ll hear up there is akin to a baby crying or wailing but is in fact the Green Catbird (see and hear the video below that I found on YouTube). Countless red-necked wallabies bound or preen in grassy areas. Swamp wallabies and pademelons prefer the cover of the rainforest but can be seen along the roadside.
We had a lovely time up there, and even included a drive to Kingaroy where besides having morning tea and a look around, we picked up some delicious peanuts from the famous The Peanut Van.
We stayed at the same cottage we stayed at in 2017 – it’s Wren Cottage in the ‘Titles Estate’. We love it there. It’s comfortable, has all you need, is very private, and there’s loads of wildlife around you to enjoy. I always ensure I take a box of wild bird seed with us to feed the birds.
Here are a collection of photos (just iPhone photos) and short videos that capture our Bunya Mountains getaway 2023.
And nothing is better than a few videos to truly share the wonder and ambience of a place. Well I can’t help myself, so here are a few short videos – ok eight (8)!
If you’ve been to the Bunya Mountains before, I hope you enjoyed a little virtual visit back there and if you’ve never been there well you have been there virtually now! Back to my NZ Trip posts next week!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘