All year round
- Perfect sunrises and sunsets. Just you – the sun – and the horizon stretching forever. Linger awhile – the predawn and post sunset are spectacular.
- Marvel at vast myriad of stars, twinkling, tantalising – seemingly just out of reach against the inky blackness of the universe. The Milkyway and Southern Cross are easy to see. Can you spot other well-known stars and planets?
- Maidenwell Astrological Observatory is well worth a visit.
- Explore the 40km of walking tracks through the National Park and Russell Park. Walks start from 500m, 2km; 4km up to 20km and are all spectacular. Plan your walks with the information provided in your holiday home compendium or Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre office.
- Enjoy the many species of birds, plants, trees and animals that live at Bunya Mountains.
- After rain, observe the brilliant displays of our native fungi species. Some are hidden away amongst the foliage whilst others are begging to be noticed.
2 weeks of September/October school holidays. Long weekend early October.
- Birds are busy building nests, laying eggs and raising their families
- Male superb fairy wrens strut around proudly in their new blue feathers.
- Chocolate wattle bats return from their winter retreat in the Muntapa Tunnel near Peranga
- Bunya Pine trees release pollen – a brown dust like substance littering the ground.
- Trees have new growth. Cedars spectacularly red; bunya pine trees soft green against the darker green of the mature leaves.
- Female wallabies’ pouches are bulging with their latest offspring.
- Baby possums hitch a free ride on Mum’s back
- All at Bunya Mountain is expectant with new life.
- September – king orchids flower (after rain). Find their yellow magnificence clinging onto the rocky cliff faces from Westcott to Cherry Plains walking tracks or perched high in the treetops flashing their bright yellow spring welcome.
- Mowbullan whitewoods, black beans and many tree species flower
- Migrating white caper butterflies pass through in thick flocks.
- Flame trees flower spectacularly red
- Grasstrees send up huge flowering spikes – often much larger than the plant.
- Red bellied black snakes & carpet pythons can be seen (if you are lucky)
- October – November fireflies flicker and flash for an hour from dusk against the rainforest. Walk up Bunya Avenue slowly and savour this extraordinary display. Better still – take in the sunset from Fishers Lookout and meander slowly down Bunya Mountains Road (side track into Rifle Bird Park) enjoying this spectacle. It only lasts for approx. 1 hour.
Christmas and the summer holidays.
- Bunya nuts fall around February. Native animals and birds (as well as people) hurry to enjoy this feast. Piles of empty shells everywhere. Baby bunya pines germinate from their protective seed cases.
- Put your feet in Bunyas cold mountain streams and be shocked at the chill. Enjoy the rushing, gushing mountain streams (fed by spring & summer rains) as they frantically tumble over boulders and leap over cliffs.
- In the quiet backwater ponds, look for the giant barred tadpoles. They are huge and hide amongst the rocks perfectly camouflaged. Can you see some with legs ready to turn into frogs?
- Swim at Coomba Falls (Maidenwell) in the icy spring fed water surrounded by huge granite boulders. Bet you don’t stay in there long!! Picnic in the grassy areas or practice your rock climbing.
- Beautiful pink lacebark flowers adorn the rainforest tracks.
- Mowbullan Whitewood leaves turn spectacularly red against the green hues of the rainforest.
- Noisy Pittas feast on land snails. Empty snail shells litter the walking tracks.
- Young scrub turkeys leave their nests.
Easter and Easter school holidays
- Starting to cool down. Days are crisp, clear and lovely and nights are snuggly chilly. Bunyas invigorating mountain chill is starting to be felt
- Baby birds become independent and leave home.
- Male superb fairy wrens lose their striking blue plumage.
- Log fires.
- Fungi species (Mantle, bracket & coral) put on a spectacular display
- See the leaves on the deciduous native trees start to change colour.
- The whole rainforest takes on a more subdued hue with the approach of winter.
- Gympie stinging trees bear clusters of fruit. Beware those leaves!!
- Fig tree leaves carpet the walking tracks
- Your breath condenses in puffs when you talk or breathe.
- Morning frosts greet you with a sea of white. Crunch your way over the brittle white grass leaving a trail of footprints in the white.
- Snow approx. every 10 years.
- Hoar frosts are spectacular – trees are adorned with white icicles and ice mantles
- Bunya Mountains means finding all your warm clothing. Gloves & beanies are a must!
- Dingoes howl in the distance as they chose mates and vie for territory.
- Rose robins arrive
- Log fires – warm & cheery.
- Hot chocolate.
- Port with dinner.
- Red & White Cedars greet winter with naked limbs and branches.
- Our native animals sport furry, warm coats.