Bunyaville State Forest Park (formerly Bunyaville Regional Park) has been a popular recreational destination for locals since 1917, conveniently situated right in the heart of the northern suburbs of Brisbane. If you're picnicking with the family, birdwatching, walking in the forest or cycling or horse riding, this is a perfect place to spend some peaceful time in nature.
There are five hiking trails over varying lengths to choose from at Bunyaville Conservation Park
The bush walking trails are all graded Class 3 and are suitable to most ages and fitness levels. Koalas have been known to be seen in the abundance of eucalyptus trees, and bushwalking is the ideal way to find them-just keep your eyes on the sky!
The Bunyaville Track (1.6 km back) is a twenty-minute walk that passes through a rare forest population of large-leafed Spotted Gums (Corymbia henryi) – their leaves turn out to be the favourite meal of the koala, so look out for those furry friends in the branches above. This route starts at the northern end of the day-use area and ends at the southern end of the day-use area.
The Tree Discovery Circuit (650 m return) at Bunyaville State Forest Park is a side track that splits off from the Bunyaville Track. It's a gentle walkers-only track to complete which takes about twenty minutes. Part of the track is a boardwalk built to help minimise human effects on such a fragile environment.
Both include interpretive signs along the way that provide informative details about the local flora and fauna. Keep your eyes open for the wildlife, including carpet pythons, and your ears open for the kookaburras and pied currawongs. Other park multipurpose sections also welcome bush walkers, horses, lead dogs and mountain bikes.
Please note there are very limited hiking track information signs on the tracks. The main information board can be found near the toilets and picnicking area right off the carpark and at the start of the trails but none are found deeper in the forest.
Bunyaville State Forest is also available for cycling if you are looking for something a little more vigorous and have a high level of fitness. Here mountain biking is a lot of fun, with shifting gradients and a terrain that is usually undulating. Choose from 10 mountain bike trails.
The bike trails are shared trails so you may find others enjoying these trails on horseback. Our other four legged friends, dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash on the shared trails.
All 10 designated mountain bike trails are well-maintained tracks, that suit confident, intermediate riders (not suitable for young children). It is possible to follow all the tracks listed below, covering about 22 kms in around 2.5 hours.
Track 1: Wayne's World (600m)
Track 2: Jurassic (1.3km)
Track 3: Nutcracker (1.3km)
Track 4: Creek Track (980m)
Track 5: Kokoda (545m)
Track 6: Carnage (790m)
Track 7: Steps (820m)
Track 8: Dark Side (1.5km)
Track 9: Mini Van (1.1m)
Track 10: Zig Zag (465m)
As part of the 'Mountains to Mangroves' Corridor, Bunyaville forest offers shelter for many reptiles, rodents, birds , and plants. The bushland corridor connects residual bushland from the D'Aguilar Range to the Moreton Bay Area via the suburbs, protecting important wildlife habitats.
While on the trails you might be fortunate enough to see some local wildlife, such as koalas, echidnas or possums. Particularly look out for Australia's largest owl – the Strong Owl (Ninox Strenua), a nocturnal species that call home to the park, or the Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus Strigoides) who are the camouflage masters in residence.
Take advantage of the Connect with Nature program and learn interesting facts while participating in nature-based activities with a guided walking tour through Bunyaville State Forest. Hike up to the education centre and learn about the locals – the fauna and flora!
Bunyaville Conservation Park opens at 7am.
Address: Old Northern Rd, Albany Creek
Parking: Park in the main bitumen carparks by the toilets and BBQ & picnic areas, or continue on the sealed road onto the dirt road to park by the Bunyaville Environmental Centre where the road ends.
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