The Bunya Mountains is the perfect place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you just want to sit by the fire with a glass of wine or are feeling more energetic, there is something for everyone here.
Fishers Lookout is the perfect spot to see for miles. Walk up the grassy knoll to admire the view and orient yourself with the towns and cities that surround us. Stay for sunset and gaze out as the sun goes down over the horizon which seems to stretch forever. Stay a bit longer to admire a billion stars, look for shooting stars and watch the light twinkling from the local towns and cities.
Enjoy Being on Top of the Clouds or in amongst it with our legendary morning mists! Experience real mountain fog where you can barely see 50m in front of you.
Stand quietly in the rainforest and soak up the calm, peaceful, revitalising and healing energy of the forest. Listen to the birds and wildlife around you and feel your cares and worries float away in the mountain breezes.
Enjoy a coffee and our famous Bunya nut and carrot cake or Bunya Nut scones at Poppies on the Hill Café. If you want something a bit more substantial, pick something for lunch from our extensive menu of homemade meals from locally sourced ingredients. We cater for all dietary requirements so please come and talk to us. Poppies on the Hill can also arrange BBQ packs for you and your family that has everything you need to have a great BBQ at your chalet.
Spotlighting at night to try and spot nocturnal animals such as sugar gliders, mountain brushtail possums and the smaller ringtail possums. Watch out for the Great-barred frogs waiting to catch unsuspecting insects.
Cedarvale History Cottage is a great outing to read about the history of the Bunya Mountains and the lives of the timber cutters and their families that used to inhabit the area. Cedarvale is open 10am – 3pm every Saturday and Sunday (market days and long weekend only) and is manned by volunteers from the Natural History Association.
Fireflies are out in October/November and can be seen along the forest line for about an hour from dusk until dark. Watch the sunset at Fishers Lookout then walk slowly down Bunya Mountains Road marvelling at these flashing beetles.
Chocolate Wattle Bats (Chalinolobus morio) emerge at dusk in October/November to feed on insects. Bunya Mountains is home to Australia’s largest colony! Station yourself quietly near the old timber school house where the bats live in the ceiling to see them flit out for their nightly adventures. In winter the bats reportedly roost in the Muntapa tunnels between Cooyar and Peranga.
Be one with Nature as you experience interacting with our local birds, animals, tree and plants.
Bunya Nuts are Falling in February/March and can weigh up to 8kg. Go hunting for these nuts and see the cones gnawed away by some of our sharp toothed local inhabitants. Be careful not to park under these giant trees while the nuts are dropping!
Timber Chutes in Russell Park are an interesting part of our history along Carbines Chute or Chute No.3. You can see the scars of Carbines Chute clearly from the Dalby road.
King Orchids flower in September/October and are stunning. Walk along the tracks from Westcott or Cherry Plains to try and spot the bright yellow flowers clinging on to the sides of cliffs.
Walk through the giant strangler fig on the 4km scenic circuit. This magnificent tree has a walking platform built right through the middle and has been the site of many hide & seek games over the years. While you’re on the 4km scenic circuit, keep an eye out in ponds and streams for the large tadpoles of the great barred frog.
Outdoor Sports – With so much space here, the Bunya Mountains are perfect for a friendly game of Soccer, Cricket, Volleyball or Badminton. An outdoor net is available but you will need to bring the other equipment. A Tennis court is available to hire from our reception – cost is $15/hour and bookings are essential. You can also hire tennis racquets and balls from us for $3 each. Pop in and see us or phone today to book. (day use only)
General Store for more information please contact 07 4668 3131.
Horse & Cart Rides with Allan – enjoy the novelty of being powered by 2 enormous draught horses while learning about the local plants and wildlife from a true local. For more information or booking, please contact Allan direct on 07 4668 3115.
Plan your next trip to the mountain – Grab a brochure from our office and talk to us about houses to suit your next holiday. Borrow a gate key from us and go for a drive in the locked gate estates, as well as the properties along Bunya Avenue, Tolmie Street and Bell Street. Too much choice? Come and have a chat to our friendly office staff and we can help find you the perfect property.
Places of Interest
Bluebelles Art Gallery has been operating out of the Bell Bunya Community Centre since October 2012, and is managed by the dedicated members of the Bell Art Group Inc. Pips and Cherries have n amazing atmosphere with their swanky cafe and coffee shop.
Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery actively nurtures and promotes the local artistic community, with monthly exhibitions featuring the original works of local painters, sculptors, photographers, textile artists, ceramicists, printmakers and wood turners.
Location: Crow’s Nest
Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is the place if you’re looking for beautiful local art or a creative keepsake of your travels. It’s the oldest public art space in the South Burnett
Established in 1938, Toowoomba has the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. The Gallery is the permanent home to the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library.
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Location: Bunya Mountains
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Markets held in Toowoomba Region on Thursday, Friday, and weekends
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The Clifton Historical Museum is a worthy tribute to the district’s pioneering past.
The Woolshed at Jondaryan isn’t just a place to stay – it’s a place to explore and encounter a different way of life.
Kingaroy’s fascinating Heritage Museum is housed in what was the town’s power house from 1925 to 1952 – and is now part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.
Experience the adventure and romance of their military pioneer aviators and see the progression from Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines to present day.
Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops at Cobb + Co.
A snapshot of life in the early 1900’s is in store for visitors to Yarraman Heritage Centre.
Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or hike or ride on forest trails.
Weeping bottlebrush, river she-oak and forest red gum line watercourses while dry vine scrubs grow in sheltered gullies where soil and moisture accumulate at Crows Nest Falls, a prominent feature of Crows Nest National Park, located about a half-hour drive from Toowoomba.
Location: Crow’s Nest
Discover spectacular scenery, granite outcrops, a scenic waterfall and eucalypt forest remnants on the edge of the Great Dividing Range.
Location: Crow’s Nest
Lake Broadwater Conservation Park protects the only natural lake on the Darling Downs. Waterbirds and wildlife are drawn to the shallow lake and find refuge in the surrounding vegetation.
Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally beautiful place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year, so it’s the ideal site to cool down on a hot day.
Nestled into suburban Rangeville, Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat is a beautiful and diverse wetland spread over 7.6 hectares (19 acres).
Parks and Gardens
A peaceful rest stop, Apex Park was the site of the first public hospital in Kingaroy and was developed by the Apex Club in the mid 1960s.
Discover the tranquillity of one of Toowoomba’s most peaceful and beautiful parks – the four-and-a-half-hectare Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland. Located on the northern side of the campus, it’s Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.
Set on two hectares, Lake Annand is a pleasant water attraction and well-used recreational space set along Toowoomba’s East Creek.
Laurel Bank Park is a beautiful 4.5 hectare parkland close to Toowoomba’s city centre, featuring spectacular manicured gardens, a scented garden, a collection of exotic trees, a playground, picnic area, gazebo and croquet greens.
The garden is planted with more than 1,500 roses, with many more to be established in the years to come. This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.
Don’t miss the panoramic views from Toowoomba’s heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland – 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley.
Picturesque Queens Park is just a short walk from Toowoomba’s Central Business District. Much loved by locals, the park’s diverse facilities make it a great meeting place or a pleasant stop on your journey.
Other attractions and places of interest
Kingaroy Observatory is a public stargazing attraction, located at the town’s airport just a short drive from the town’s Central Business District.
The memorial and wrought iron gates flanked by carved sandstone pillars were designed by local monumental mason, J Shill. British sculptors John Whitehead and Sons modelled the Dalby soldier statue, based on a sergeant-major of the Grenadier Guards. The statue was cast at a London foundry.
The Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees is a magnificently carved silky oak honour board with an impressive listing of 560 names in gold lettering on cedar panels.
Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre is a heritage listed art-deco venue that provides a wide variety of performing arts for every taste. The Empire is Australia’s largest regional performing arts complex and stages world class shows from leading national and international performers as well as showcasing a wealth of local talent.