Monday, 1 April 2019

Bunya Mountains

The Bunya Mountains are an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland. The range rises to over 1,100 m on the peaks of Mount Kiangarow and Mount Mowbullan.

Looking southwest towards Bell and the Darling Downs from Mount Kiangarow - the highest point in the Bunya mountains (Kiangarow is almost half as high as Kilong-oraw in the Chonglian mountains, land of the Chonglian pines).

Looking southeast towards Maidenwell and Cooyar from Mount Mowbullan.

The Trail to Mount Kiangarow climbs and winds around the mountain past an avenue of grass trees leading to Lookout Point with views to the west and south.
Tall Xanthorrhoea grass trees grow on Mount Kiangarow. At almost 5m high, they are some of the tallest grass trees you will ever see.

Tolmie Street

Bunya Mountains Road

From Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road.

On the trails

Big Falls Lookout

Little Falls

A two-trunked Bunya Pine.
The mountains take their name from the towering Bunya pines found in the moist rainforest along the crests of the range.

The unique Bunya pine is known for its Bunya nuts, a favoured nutritious food of local Australian Aboriginals and now much sought-after.
A 1.75m diameter Bunya Pine. 

Forest trails

A redback spider, no a redfront or rather redshirt spider.

Grey goshawk off the Bunya Mountains Road. Rare grey goshawks are active during the day and may be spotted near the roads, swooping upon insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals.


Bunya logs

Sight-seeing from a carriage drawn by two magnificent clydesdales.

The Bunya Mountains are home to the largest natural Bunya pine forest in the world.

The Bunya Mountains' rainforests are known for their bird life. Birds are everywhere in the mountains from the most crowded tourist spot or a lonesome grassy bald to the deepest rainforest. At any time you may see such colourful beautiful birds as these Yellow-breasted robins. However, there are many other birds to see or hear: king parrots or crimson rosellas, green catbird, paradise riflebird, eastern whipbird, topknot pigeons, scrubwrens, red-backed, variegated and superb blue fairy-wrens, satin bowerbird, black-breasted button-quails, brown quails, noisy pittas, grey fantails, tree-creepers, honeyeaters. Peregrine falcons, wedge-tailed eagles and other raptors also fly and soar in the skies here.

Tops of Bunya pines
Bunya pines

Crow’s ash and scrub cherry (above), and
lacebark and red cedar (below).

Views from Kiangarow.

From Kiangarow

View from Pine Tree Gorge.

View over Tarong from Pine Tree Gorge. You can just make out the eyesore in the horizon.

From Mowbullan

View west from Mowbullan.

View over Tarong from Mowbullan

View east from Mowbullan

Looking southeast from Mowbullan

I had better go. The redback stirs.