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About Bunyaville

Getting there and getting around

Bunyaville Regional Park is 15 km 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: NPSR

Trails provide visitors with multiple recreation opportunities. Photo: NPSR

Bunyaville Regional 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, horseriding 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 Regional 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, EHP.

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

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

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

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

Walking

Two bushwalking tracks can be accessed from the day-use area. Each track is classified according to Australian Standards.

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other 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.

Class 3 walking trackTree discovery circuit (Class 3)

Distance: 650 m return

Time: Allow 15 min

Details: Featuring a boardwalk and interpretive signs, this walking track starts and finishes at the northern end of the day-use 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.

Class 3 walking trackBunyaville track (Class 3)

Distance: 1.6 km return

Time: Allow 30 min

Details: This track leaves from the northern end of the day-use 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.

Shared trails

There are also a number of management roads that form a shared trail network that is open to and shared by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. See the Bunyaville Regional Park map (PDF, 150K) for details.

The give-way code

For your safety and enjoyment follow the give-way code when using shared trails.

  • Cyclists give way to horses and walkers and should alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers give way to horseriders.

Horse and mountain bike riding

Cyclists and horseriders can access a network of recreation trails in Bunyaville Regional Park. Some trails are designated as single-use trails for mountain bike riders; other shared trails are open to cyclists, horse riders and walkers—see the Bunyaville Regional Park map (PDF, 150K) for details. Each trail entry has a sign indicating the activities permitted on it.

Trails can be entered from the Jinker Track. A sign located near the western car park (at the southern end of Track 2) provides a detailed trail map and information. Please read this information carefully to protect the environment, yourself and other track users.

The undulating landscape of Bunyaville is perfect for cross-country mountain bike riding, with changing gradients, soil types and vegetation to make rides interesting.

There are ten designated single-use mountain bike trails available. A high level of fitness and sound navigational skills are required to ride on these trails and natural obstacles make for a challenging ride. For novice riders, similar enjoyment can be gained from riding the park’s shared trail network.

Please remember that conditions in natural environments are always changing. Branches may have fallen across tracks or track surfaces may have changed since previous visits to the area.

Designated mountain bike and other shared trails can also be found in Samford Regional Park, D’Aguilar National Park and sections of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Regional Area. Sections of 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 tracks in these areas have large hill climbs and require a higher level of fitness than the trails in Bunyaville Regional Park.

  • 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

Connect with Nature

The Connect with Nature program offers a range of nature-based activities and events every season for adults, children and families in and around parks and forests throughout Brisbane, Western Scenic Rim and Gold Coast and hinterland.

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 day-use area, accessible from the Gully car parks or the Ring Road. 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 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, NPSR.

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

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

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

Essentials to bring

Wear sturdy shoes and take drinking water when walking. There are no bins provided so please bring rubbish bags and ensure all rubbish is removed from the park.

Drinking water

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

Opening hours

Bunyaville Regional Park has gates which are locked each evening. Between 15 March and 14 October the gates are open from 7.00 am to 5.30 pm. The rest of the year they are open from 7.00 am to 6.30 pm. For your safety, walk and ride in daylight hours only.

Permits and fees

Horses and bicycles may be ridden on shared trails in this forest without a permit. A special permit is not required unless it is a commercial activity, a competitive or organised event. To enquire about a permit contact the NPSR Permits and Licence Management unit.

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 tracks.

Dogs and horses are not allowed in picnic areas.

Climate and weather

Brisbane enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane city 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.

  • Stay on existing tracks.
  • Ensure you have drinking water, sturdy footwear and sun protection.
  • Plan to complete bushwalking well before dark.
  • Ride safely.
  • Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle and taking them with you.
  • Take care near fire. Supervise children and always extinguish with water, not sand or dirt.
  • Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. If you have difficulty connecting to Triple Zero (000) from your mobile phone try 112

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 Queensland.

Let the wildlife forage for themselves. Photo: Tourism 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 Regional 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.

Further information

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Last updated
21 January 2013