Bunya Mountains National Park

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Bunya Mountains is a national park in Queensland, Australia. The park includes much of the mountain range called the Bunya Mountains. The mountains are covered by the most westerly forests in southern Queensland and the largest area of bunya pines remaining in the world.[1] It is situated 63 km northeast of Dalby or 58 km southwest of Kingaroy.

The park is known for its abundant wildlife and spectacular views. The mild climate of the range means morning and evening temperatures are low. The park is accessed by a steep and winding roads and is well serviced with camping grounds, an extensive network of walking tracks and several picnic grounds.

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History

The Waku Waku tribes were the first to populate the mountains.[2]

During the 1860s the park was logged for red cedar, bunya pine and hoop pine[1] and the aboriginals were pushed out.[2] The last sawmill on the mountains closed in 1945.[3]

Fauna

The park is home to more than 200 amphibian and reptile animals as well as marsupials such as pademelons, the Bunya Mountain ringtail possum and rock wallaby. There are 120 species of birds including wedge tailed eagles, the scrub turkey, goshawks, king parrots, finches, whipbirds and satin bowerbirds.[4]

Flora

Some of the parks Bunya Pines are estimated to be up to 600 years old and 25 metres high. The forests contain stinging nettles, wild raspberry, many vines and pockets of ferns.

Grassy Balds

Scattered throughout the mountains are many grassy bald spots which form a distinct natural clearing in the forest. These clearings are typically a few hectares large and originate during fires. Currently there are approximately 100 balds, although about half of the total number have been lost due to a lack of bushfires.[4]

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