Bunya Mountains Camping & Bush Walks

It is Labour day loong weekend in spring and we are camping at Dandabah camping area in Bunyan Mountains for 3 days. It is about 260km (about 3hrs.15) north-west of Brisbane. The campsite is close to many beautiful walks through lush green forest, lookouts with panoramic views and water falls. It is very popular place and bookings are made well in advance.

Bunya mountains camping information: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains/camping.html

NOTE: If you are interested to go, you need to book your own campsite now (only $5.45/night/person - un-powered sites only). Only 70 person can camp on the ground. Sites are not numbered, just pitch your tent anywhere there is room. Once campsite is fully booked, sites can't be shared with other late comers. If your plan changes, you can change the booking date, go to another campsite or get credit to be used later. Check their refund policy on their link.

Booking: Make your own campsite booking by ringing[masked] (13 QGOV) or online (you need to create an account, if you don't have already). First select 'Bunya Mountains National Park' and then 'Dandabah camping area' from the drop down menu.

http://parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits/faces/publichome.jspx?_afrLoop=9764055386773941&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=8h9wm2v2j_4


Access: The camping area can be reached by conventional vehicle. It is accessible for trailers, caravans and buses. All roads to the Bunya Mountains are steep, narrow and winding. The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises that all access roads are unsuitable for travel by long and/or heavy vehicles. Discretion is urged with respect to caravans, large motor-homes and large buses.

How to reach there:

From Brisbane via Yarraman: Travel up the Brisbane Valley through Esk. Turn left to Yarraman then left again at Yarraman towards Toowoomba. 20 km from Yarraman turn right to Maidenwell. At Maidenwell turn left to the Bunya Mountains. About 3.8 km of the road is gravel.

From Brisbane via Toowoomba - Take Ipswich Motorway and then Warrego Highway 138 km west to Toowoomba. Continue 44 km to Jondaryan and turn right towards the Bunya Mountains. Travel 34 km to Maclagan, turn left and follow directional signs approximately 31 km to the Bunya Mountains. About 2 km of this road is gravel.

More information on getting there: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains/about.html

Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your car, walk-in camping, camper trailers and large groups.

Facilities: Picnic tables, shelter sheds, rubbish bins, flushing toilets, hot showers, water (treat before drinking), and coin-operated electric barbecues. Information is available from the QPWS information centre and staff on-site. There are walking tracks, self-guided walks and lookouts nearby.

Essentials to bring: enough drinking water (for cooking and hiking), food & snacks for your stay, gas stove, tent, warm & water proof sleeping gear (it can be very cold in Bunya mountains even in spring), your medicine and first aid kit, camera, Rubbish bags, insect repellent, 20c coins for barbecues, printed camping tag or booking number, fun and relaxing attitude.

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  • joanne h.

    yes thanks Brij was a great 3 days and good hikes, was a bit hard in that 2 deg Friday though, but managed to survive , hope to join you again in the new year

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Wayne

    Beautiful place, grass was like carpet. Although the grounds were packed, it was a very enjoyable stay with great walks ... The Scenic Circuit was my pick. Look forward to more 3 night stays. Thanks Brij for organizing.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Brij

    Another big attendance for meetup groups, thanks everyone who joined us there for 3 days of camping and bushwalks. Weather was good for the walks and some of the members had 22km long walk in one day. It was enjoyable long weekend in good company at a beautiful place.

    October 7, 2013

  • Paul & K.

    Thanks for that Brij, I would like to go but I need to have car near the tent - Mrs can't help carrying things around. I don't think you can park with the tent at that spot. Looking forward to meet everyone soon though.

    September 29, 2013

    • Brij

      Last time we camped at Burton's Bell campground with similar limitation but we found grassy camping ground next to car park separated by stumps only. So we put our tents virtually next to our cars - 2-3 meters away on the grassy field. At the moment many spots are free so there is very good chance to find such spots next to car. Hope this will help.

      October 2, 2013

  • Paul & K.

    Hi everyone, We are new here and reading posts below it appears that it is all booked out for this trip? Is that correct? Just that we got an automated email saying to book it

    September 28, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Paul & Kelly, the main camping site 'Dundabah' is fully booked for long weekend. But if you want to come, then you can book at ''Westcott camping area' nearby (good for tents only not the campervans) and join us for daily walks and evening get together at 'Dundabah'. Some members have already booked at Westcott, so you won't be alone there. Hope to see you there.

      September 28, 2013

  • joanne h.

    Hi Brij, thanks for that, kay has just told me the northern entrance is much better so I will just take it easy. Look forward to meeting the group Friday morning, see ya Jo

    September 25, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Joanne, that is very good to have information from someone who has seen both the route. Now I am thinking of coming from the northern side. I checked it is about extra 30-35km coming from Brisbane but should be worth checking. Thanks very much for the information.

      September 25, 2013

  • joanne h.

    Hi Brij,
    I am coming in from Kingaroy side as I will be in Bundaberg with friends for a few days beforehand.
    I have been told that the road into Dundebah from the north is not so torturous?? Will I have any problems with my VW Transporter van do you think??

    September 24, 2013

    • Brij

      Hi Joanne, sorry don't know if northern route is better, last time our group went from Maidenwell and Dalby, some cars were struggling (one 4wd broke down with leaking radiator) while others were ok. I gave rest to my car for 15min to be on safer side. As per National Park website, all roads to Bunya Mountains are steep, narrow and winding, this advice is mainly for the heavy and long vehicles. You shouldn't have problem with VW but I would give it rest where possible and don't wait for the temperature gauge to go up and then find there is not enough room for a safe stop. Hope this will help.

      September 24, 2013

  • Brij

    FYI: Dundabah camping area is still full and there has been no cancellation at Dundabah camping area (it doesn't look like there is going to be one). So if you want to spend long weekend at Bunya Mountains, campsite at Westcott 4km away is still the best option (it is only $5.45/n/p). It is just flat run from Dundabah 5 min away.

    Free campsite at Maidenwell hotel as Ken mentioned is good if you are coming with caravan. Just park caravan there and visit us at Dundabah. But let me know this arrangement so we wait for you for any walking activities there. Otherwise Westcott is best because this would save your car daily torturous climb to Bunya Mountains. It is very steep, narrow and winding and many vehicles have known to blown their engines there. Just take it easy, there are couple of flat sections where you can wait for a while and let your engine cool down. Don't push it hard.

    See you there.

    September 24, 2013

    • Ken D.

      Have a great time Brij. I fly overseas for 6 weeks on 30 September and wish everybody the best.

      September 24, 2013

    • Brij

      Ken, have a safe trip and enjoy your holidays. Cheers

      September 24, 2013

  • Brij

    Hi all, in case you didn't receive my email I sent out yesterday:

    "Bunya campsite at Dandabah is now fully booked for our long weekend trip from Fri Oct 4. If you haven't booked yet and want to attend then you would check the booking website often in case there is cancellation. Another option is to book at 'Westcott Camping area' which is on the same road about 4km away and meet us at Dandabah for daily walking activities close by. But Westcott Camping area will also be full soon if you don't want to miss the boat. As per cancellation policy, you can cancel any booking 2 weeks before the event and get the credit to be used up in 12 months"

    Cheers

    August 27, 2013

    • Ken D.

      There's also free camping at the rear of Maidenwell Hotel but it's a half hour drive from Bunya NP and has limited shower/toliet facilities. However it is conveniebnt for those with caravans as they cannot go any further on the narrow road. Bookings are not required.

      August 27, 2013

  • Brij

    FYI: If you are planning to attend this event, then book your site asap as only few spots are left available now. Dandabah Camping area at Bunya Mountains is a popular place and people book their place well in advance. Due to limited availability, sites can't be shared with others at this campground. If you have booked a site and your plan changes later on, you can still postpone your booking 2 weeks before the event.

    BTW campsite fee is merely $5.45/p/night only.

    To book follow below URL or ring[masked]  

    http://parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits

    Cheers

    August 6, 2013

  • joanne h.

    Any one live near Caboolture. I have just joined up and booking for Bunya mountains Jo

    August 5, 2013

  • Brij

    If you haven't booked your campsite at Bunya mountain yet, you need to reserve your spot quickly as more than half the camp is already booked. You can't share the site with others who have booked if the campsite is full. This site is very popular with the campers.

    July 22, 2013

  • Ken D.

    On the road to Bunya I stayed at the back of the Maidenwell Hotel last year - where camping is free incidentally- and saw this magnificent national park on a day trip. Recommended - and take your camera!

    May 31, 2013

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