Weekend Warriors Listen Up!
Put the Booie to Bunyas 3-day long weekend on your road trip list – guaranteed to relax and refresh you.
The drive promises fresh country air, wineries, good food, mountain walks under Bunya Pines and the option of taking your mates, your kids or your someone special.
Make an early start and head to Kingaroy from Brisbane (3 hr drive), from the Sunshine Coast (2 hr 45 min drive) or the Gold Coast (3.5 hr drive).
Stop in at local icon The Peanut Van for tasty local peanuts.
A long lunch is sorted at Crane Wines, at Booie, where you can devour a ploughman’s platter with a selection of wines while Bernie the winemaker explains how the soil, weather and length of time on the vine all come into play to add character to what you’re drinking.
Oh and did we mention the view over the vineyards towards the Booie Range? t’s a spectacular spot to sit and sip.
Time to settle in to your accommodation.
Perfect for couples:
Early risers will love a walk around Wooroolin Wetlands, just 20 mins out of Kingaroy, to see birdlife and feel the freshness of a new day.
Sleepy heads looking for breakfast and good coffee should head to Utopia Café in town.
Before leaving Kingaroy take a look around the Regional Art Gallery for works by locals and visiting artists and browse the gallery store for an interesting souvenir crafted by a local artisan – an ever-changing variety of quality ceramics, woodwork, painting and jewellery are on display.
Pottique Lavender Farm is a peaceful morning tea stop.
Sit in their fragrant cottage garden and sample freshly made lavender scones and a pot of lavender infused tea.
They also have a range of antiques and lavender products on sale and don’t forget to grab a selfie amid the lavender bushes #thecolourpurple!
Next stop is a wine tasting with winemaker Simon Berry and a wood-fired pizza lunch at Kingsley Grove Wines. There’s wine ice cream too if you have room!
From here you’ll begin the climb into the Bunya Mountains, which rise dramatically from the surrounding plains. On average you’re 975m above sea level here – so bring your woollies as even in Summer nights can be fresh. In Winter and Autumn you’ll be toasting marshmallows over a cosy fire and Spring air is just perfect for exploring mountain trails.
Panoramic mountain scenery, breathtaking views, towering Bunya pines, walking trails and wildlife are what the Bunyas are all about.
There’s everything from luxe holiday homes to spacious family cabins and cosy affordable apartments for rent.
Be sure to book in with Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre or The Bunyas before you arrive to ensure you find a hideaway to suit your needs.
The Bunyas is also home to at least 121 species of beautiful birds including rare and precious varieties that birdwatchers from all over the world flock to see.
You’ll commonly encounter brilliantly coloured king parrots, crimson rosellas and satin bowerbirds while walking the trails in the mountains. Dawn and dusk are the best times to view them at their most active – don’t forget your binoculars!
Basic self-catering supplies and pre-cooked meals are available from The General Store, or book in for dinner at Bunyas Tavern.
After a restful night, exploring forest trails is on the agenda.
Mt Kiangarow Track, 2.3km return: Early birds keen to see morning mountain mists should hit the spectacular 1 hr walk to the highest point on the mountain (1135m) through rainforest and stands of beautiful grasstrees, with views to the north, south and west.
Barkers Creek Lookout Trail, 5.4km return: If a mid-morning walk is more your speed, book in to feed native birds at The General Store, king parrots and rainbow lorikeets make an appearance approximately 9.30am. Then pack a picnic lunch and set off on this 2 hr trail. You’ll see Paradise Falls, Little Falls, Big Falls and soaring views from Big Falls and Barkers Creek lookouts.
Koondaii Lookout Circuit, 2.5km: If you’re looking for something easy to do with small kids, the 1 hr Koondaii Lookout circuit track through rainforest is great.
If one night in the mountains is all you can manage, plan to leave by 3pm, and you should arrive home by nightfall relaxed and refreshed!
If you’re lucky and have booked a longer stay, settle in with a glass of local wine and watch the sunset through the Bunya pines and the stars begin to dot the evening sky.