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About Bunyaville

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Getting there and getting around

Bunyaville Conservation Park is 15km north-west of central Brisbane between the suburbs of Albany Creek and Everton Hills. Access is via Old Northern Road.

Wheelchair accessibility

The picnic facilities and a toilet block are wheelchair-accessible, but assistance is recommended.

Park features

Trails provide visitors with multiple recreation opportunities. Photo: Queensland Government.

Trails provide visitors with multiple recreation opportunities. Photo: Queensland Government.

Bunyaville Conservation Park is conveniently close to Brisbane city. The park is the perfect spot for a picnic or barbecue under the forest canopy. Barbecues, firewood, picnic tables, drinking water and toilets are provided.

Visitors can enjoy bushwalking, horse riding and cycling at Bunyaville. Dogs are allowed on shared trails only, provided they are kept on a leash at all times.

Dogs and horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks or mountain bike trails in the interests of visitor safety. Dogs and horses are not permitted in the picnic areas.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Bunyaville Conservation Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Brisbane. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Take a leisurely walk on one of the park's trails. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Take a leisurely walk on one of the park's trails. Photo: Adam Creed, Queensland Government.

Bunyaville's open grassy areas are a great place for a relaxing picnic. Photo: Queensland Government.

Bunyaville's open grassy areas are a great place for a relaxing picnic. Photo: Queensland Government.

Bunyaville Conservation Park offers many opportunities for the visitors to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds.

Walking

Five bushwalking tracks can be accessed from the picnic area. Track are classified according to Australian Standards.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that each track is classified according to its most difficult section, some sections may be of an easier level.

Class 3 walking trackClass 3 track (Australian Standards)
  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Walking tracks  Classification Distance Time Description
Tree discovery circuit Class 3 walking trackClass 3  650m return Allow 15min Featuring a boardwalk and interpretive signs, this walking track starts and finishes at the northern end of the picnic area. Meander through dry open forest and discover the diverse range of eucalypt species found in this peaceful reserve. Koalas are occasionally seen here—look out for their grey bodies high in the trees.
Bunyaville track  Class 3 walking track Class 3 1.6km return Allow 30min  This track leaves from the northern end of the picnic area and leads through open eucalypt forest to the southern end of the day-use area. You may be lucky enough to see a carpet python basking in the sun or a large grass-yellow butterfly Eurema hecabe flutter by. Watch and listen for the pied currawong and laughing kookaburra.
Classroom track  Class 3 walking trackClass 3 337m one way Allow 10min

This track leads to several amphitheatres in the forest—lovely places to sit and listen to the birds or just to enjoy nature.

Powerful owl track  Class 3 walking trackClass 3 560m Allow 15min

This walk guides you through forest dominated by spotted gum, grey gum and ironbark to Albany Creek. Look out for possum, goanna and koala scratches on the smooth bark of the grey gum trees.

Education Centre track  Class 3 walking trackClass 3 241m return Allow 10min

This short track leads past the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre and down to the Tree discovery track.

Walking is also permitted on the shared trail network in Bunyaville Conservation Park unless otherwise signed.

Visitors can also enjoy bushwalking with their dogs on the shared trails only. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Each trail entry has a sign indicating which recreational activities are permitted.

Horse riding

Horses may be ridden on all shared recreational trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park unless otherwise signed. Horse riders are not permitted to ride on the designated mountain-bike trails. For more information on horse trails in South East Queensland visit the SEQ horseriding trail network.

To help reduce your impact on our natural areas please observe the following code of conduct.                   

  • Only allow horses to cross natural watercourses at designated crossing points on the trail for the protection of watercourses in the area.
  • Minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the area.
  • Tether horses at hitching posts or resting areas only for short periods to minimise soil erosion and compaction.
  • Avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds before park visits.

Mountain-bike riding

As well as ten designated mountain-bike trails, mountain-bikes are permitted on all shared trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park unless otherwise signed. Horse riders and bushwalkers are not permitted on these designated mountain-bike trails.

A high level of fitness and sound navigational skills are required to ride on the designated mountain-bike trails. The undulating landscape of the park is perfect for cross-country mountain-bike riding, with challenging gradients, soil types, natural obstacles and vegetation to make rides interesting.

For novice riders, similar enjoyment can be gained from riding the park’s shared recreational trail network.

Mountain-bike trail classification descriptions
   Class Description
Easy mountain bike trail Easy Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills.
Intermediate mountain bike trail Intermediate Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain bikers. 
Difficult mountain bike trail Difficult For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.

Mountain-bike trails (horses and walkers prohibited)

Mountain-bike trail distances are one-way.

 Trails Classification Distance   Time Description

Track 1
Wallaby trail

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  900m Allow 5 to 10min Wallaby trail drops down into Kingfisher Creek and then winds up to the GT break.

Track 2
Jurassic

Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult  1.36km Allow 10 to 20min Jurassic trail is for experienced riders only. It features many challenging obstacles and drop-offs.

Track 3
Gum nuts

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  1.32km Allow 10 to 20min When starting from the Jinker track, this trail runs mostly downhill to Sandy Creek.

Track 4
Creek trail

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  980m Allow 10 to 15min Creek track is a picturesque trail that crosses Albany Creek multiple times. 

Track 5
Kokoda

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate   545m Allow 5 to 10min

Kokoda follows an upper tributary of Albany Creek between Creek track and Collins Road break. Watch out for tricky rock causeways.

 

Track 6
Carnivore

Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult  790m Allow 5 to 10min The Carnivore trail is very steep.

Track 7
Steps

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate   820m Allow 5 to 10min

Steps trail follows a gentle sloping ridge before dropping quickly through a series of switchbacks to the old dam.

Track 8
Suger glider

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  1.5km Allow 10 to 20min

Sugar glider trail is an undulating trail—great for improving your climbing skills.

Track 9
Mini van

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  1.1km Allow 5 to 10min

Mostly ridden downhill from the Bunya road end of the trail.

This track is a XC flow trail with B lines around some of the technical trail features.

Minivan takes its name from the rusty remains of a car that can be seen laying on its roof beside the trail.

Track 10
Zig-zag

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  465m Allow 5 to 10min

Zig-zag trail features many tight corners along a short downhill run.

Other designated mountain-bike and shared trails can also be found close by at Samford Conservation Park. Ride or drive the short distance from Bunyaville Conservation Park to Samford Conservation Pak as shown on the linkages map (PDF, 171K). D’Aguilar National Park and sections of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area also have shared trails and designated mountain-bike trails. Mt Coot-tha Forest also have multiple-use trails; a mountain-bike trail map is available from the Brisbane City Council website. Many of the trails in these areas have large hill climbs and require a higher level of fitness.

Follow the give-way code
 Give way sign
  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses. 
Ride safely
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Follow the give-way code.
  • Plan ahead; ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Slow down and consider other track users.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Ride only on formed roads and trails designated for riding. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
  • Respect areas closed to riding.
  • Be aware that mobile phone reception can be unreliable in this area.

Guided tours and talks

Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre

Education Queensland operates the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre in the reserve. The centre provides educational programs for schools. Contact the centre for details and bookings on (07) 3353 4356 or visit the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre website.

Picnic and day-use areas

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the Bunyaville picnic area, accessible from the Gully car parks. Barbecues, firewood, picnic tables, drinking water and toilets are provided.

If visiting in a large group, or as part of an organised activity, an organised event permit or notification may be required. Contact the Permits and Licence Management unit for more information.

Viewing wildlife

The sights and sounds of lorikeets, kookaburras (pictured), parrots, doves and a myriad of other native birds fill the forest at Bunyaville. The park is also home to koalas, echidnas, wallabies and possums.

Things to know before you go

 The park has a network of designated mountain bike trails. Photo: Jason Flesser, Queensland Government.

The park has a network of designated mountain bike trails. Photo: Jason Flesser, Queensland Government.

Horseriders can enjoy the shared network trails in the park. Photo: Monique Shepherd, Queensland Government.

Horseriders can enjoy the shared network trails in the park. Photo: Monique Shepherd, Queensland Government.

Essentials to bring

  • Wear sturdy shoes and take drinking water when walking or riding.
  • There are no bins provided so please bring rubbish bags and ensure all rubbish is removed from the park.
  • Protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, for protection from the sun and biting insects.
  • Bring disposable bags for your dog’s droppings, as you must clean up after your dog.

Drinking water

Drinking water is available from the taps in the picnic areas.

Opening hours

Bunyaville Conservationl Park's entrance gates are open from 7am to 5.30pm each day. From 15 October to 14 March the gates are locked later at 6.30pm. For your safety, walk and ride in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

A permit is not required to recreate within the park or forest unless the activity is a commercial activity or organised event (including competitive and sporting events). All commercial and organised events require a permit. Contact the Permits and Licence Management unit for more information.

Pets

Dogs are allowed on shared trails in the park only, but must be restrained on a leash at all times. Dogs and horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks or mountain-bike only trails.

Climate and weather

The area enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22 to 30°C in summer and 12 to 22°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at nearby suburbs and throughout Brisbane.

Staying safe

For your safety follow the give-way code when on shared recreation trails.

For your safety follow the give-way code when on shared recreation trails.

  • Plan ahead—let someone know where you are going, and when you plan to return.
  • Never begin a walk or ride if you can see smoke in the park; bushfires can spread quickly.
  • Do not enter the forest during strong windy conditions. Eucalypts and other trees are prone to dropping branches. Strong wind can increase the risk of injury.
  • Carry a mobile phone.
  • Carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it.
  • Stay on trails and obey all safety and closure signs.
  • Watch out for other trail users, fallen trees and wildlife.
  • Ensure you have drinking water, sturdy footwear and sun protection.
  • Plan to complete bushwalking well before dark.
  • Horse riders be aware of the Ride safely guidelines.
  • Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle and taking them with you.
  • Take care near fire. Supervise children and always extinguish the barbecue with water, not sand or dirt.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency, please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • Call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
  • Advise emergency services of your location and nature of your emergency, and stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Let the wildlife forage for themselves. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Let the wildlife forage for themselves. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.

  • Everything in this park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
  • Please do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Stay on track—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home as no bins are provided.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control. Please pick up and dispose of your dog’s droppings responsibly.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Bunyaville Conservation Park is a bush retreat for many locals. This multiple-use park is also a vital link in the Mountains to Mangroves corridor, providing essential habitat for plants and animals in South East Queensland. Bunyaville is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) for its conservation values and recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
www.visitbrisbane.com.au 
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Qld 4002
ph (07) 3006 6200
fax (07) 3006 6250
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
5 June 2017