Dave and I took a few days out this week to go camping in the Bunya Mountains National Park. It is an easy 200kms out of Brisbane and is the place to find the largest stands of Bunya Pines, a stunning tall tree native to Queensland.
Our trip started out eventful as always with a blown tire costing us a few hours of sourcing new ones (2 needed replacing anyway) so our arrival into the park was a little later than planned. We had booked into the Westcott Camping site and we were delighted to find we were the only residents.The whole of the national park lies across the top of a mountain range that rises out of the plains as a ridge of about 1100m height. Our campsite was in the middle section in a small natural glade on the western edge of the escarpment. After setting up we wandered down a path to get some sunset shots with our beverages in hand.
The highlight of the night for me was walking back through the bush and being surrounded by fireflies. I have never seen them before and we were literally walking through a small galaxy of moving stars. It was truly magical. I tried to get a photo or even a video to share but they are so small and very quick so it was a lost cause. I guess it was one of those moments where just being there was enough 🙂
Within the park there are 9 walks ranging from 500m to 10kms so of course we chose the 10km path. Dave was absolutely delighted with the birdlife. We have done many walks and have never experienced as many different bird species in any park as we saw here. There would have been at least 15 different kinds that we identified in our first hour of wandering. The game of “name that bird singing” and “can you spot it” kept us amused for the whole walk. The massive pines are so impressive with trunks measuring 3m+ in circumference as well as the usual rainforest strangler figs choking their way up to the canopy. The walk went through rainforest, open forest and was spotted with small waterfalls.
The waterfalls were a bit dry but provided cooling pools to rest beside, watching the tadpoles wriggling in the decaying leaves. I did have a bit of a giggle at one sign that suggested that watching the tadpoles dive for cover when a tiger snake or red-bellied black snake appeared was a worthwhile experience. Somehow I think that sighting either of those super poisonous snakes would have had me diving away as well, not musing on the behaviour of tadpoles 🙂
This park is a definite revisit for us. So many walks and so little time. Hope you like a few of the shots that I took on this visit. I have a couple more to share in the next blog so stay tuned (official teaser 😉 )