Bunya Mountains

The South Burnett offers easy access to the majestic Bunya Mountains, which, at an elevation of over 1,100 metres above sea level, are the region’s high point. Less than an hour from either Maidenwell or Kingaroy, via Kumbia, this natural wonderland is an offshoot of the Great Dividing Range formed about 30 million years ago and shelters the largest ancient bunya pine forest in the world today.

Traditionally, Aboriginal tribes used the Mountains as a meeting place. They feasted seasonally on roasted bunya nuts collected from the pines. Each protein-rich egg-shaped nut can be up to 30 centimetres long and weigh 10 kilograms. Be sure to sample some of the local bunya nut dishes on offer.

Declared a national park in 1908, it is the second oldest in Queensland. You’ll discover a mix of moist, dense subtropical and dry sclerophyll rainforest, waterfalls, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. Take to the walking trails to see native wildlife, wallabies and pademelons as well as 121 species of birds including brilliantly coloured king parrots, satin bowerbirds and crimson rosellas. The area offers the quiet allure of a retreat environment for families, groups and couples. You’ll feel the seasons change in the mountains. Summer days are pleasantly warm, wildflowers and new growth signal spring, the trees change hue during autumn and in winter a mountain chalet is just the place to relax in front of a cosy crackling fire.

You’ll find everything you need for a day trip or an extended stay – coffee shops, restaurant, general store, camp sites, cabins and holiday houses.

The Bunya Mountain Markets are held on the last Sunday of the month from 9am to 2pm.

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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The Pines Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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One of the more unusual dive sites off Brisbane, The Pines is a coffee rock reef, or in other words a dirt boulder reef. Now a dirt boulder reef might not sound very exciting but cut with ledges and caves these dirt boulders are home to a surprising amount of marine life.

Smith Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Smith Rock is one of the most notorious reefs off Brisbane, as this jagged rocky outcrop has claimed three ships over the years. Located off the eastern side of Moreton Island, Smith Rock is also a wonderful dive site, but is often overlooked as it is a tricky site to anchor on.

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Brisbane Area
Explore the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary that is Moreton Bay and Islands, encompassing 125 kilometres of stunning blue waters from Bribie Island in the North to the Southern Bay Islands of the Redlands.

Cherubs Cave Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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A small concrete cherub once marked the main entrance to this hidden cave off Moreton Island. While the guardian has since disappeared, this underwater world remains to be discovered by the adventurous diver.

Henderson Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Henderson Rock, on the eastern side of Moreton Island, is one of Brisbane's better and less frequented dive sites. With lots of deep ledges, overhangs and caves hiding behind kelp, these mysterious rocks have many secrets to be discovered.

Roberts Shoal Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Roberts Shoal is located off the eastern side of Moreton Island and is another Brisbane dive site that is often overlooked. This rocky reef can only be dived when conditions are calm, with winter generally the best time to experience this brilliant dive site.

China Wall Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Located on the exposed eastern side of Brisbane’s Moreton Island, China Wall is an unusual dive site for the area as the reef is dominated by kelp rather than coral. Waving beds of brown kelp are more common in southern Australia and these ones look very out of place with tropical fish swimming around them.

Marietta Dal Shipwreck Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
The Marietta Dal was a 7500 tonne liberty ship built in the USA in 1944 and is one of the most interesting shipwrecks off Brisbane. On May 15 1950, the 140 metre long ship was carrying a cargo of sulphur, oil, tractors and other general cargo when it ran aground on Smith Rock.

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island lies a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, stunning wildflowers and miles of sandy beaches at Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area.

Curtin Artificial Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Curtin Artificial Reef is a popular dive site in Moreton Bay and is easily accessible from Brisbane. Since 1968, the Underwater Research Group of Queensland has been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons at this site to create a haven for the local tropical fish, gropers, trevally, abundant wobbegongs, rays and other schooling fish.
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