Discover the Hinterland of Brisbane by:Patrick Daniels
A step away form the bustle of Brisbane are the many attractions of the Brisbane Hinterland. The heavily forested hills of the DAguilar Range create a subtropical haven just twenty minutes west of the city: the main access point is the hamlet of Mount Glorious, in Brisbane forest Park. Travel to the Valley of the Lakes near Esk and even further north-west to the South Burnett, with its diverse crops and heritage villages. Here the landscape, including stands of rare pine rainforest, is preserved in Bunya Mountains National Park. Children will love this area too, as there are, many opportunities for encounters with native animals.
Bunya Mountains: this isolated spur of the Great Dividing Range is a cool, moist region of waterfalls, green and scarlet king parrots and the remaining stands of bunya pine, a species much depleted by early timber-getters. Walk the easy 4 kilometre Scenic Circuit from the Dandabah camping area, which winds through rainforest to Pine Gorge lookout. South Burnett. This comfortable slice of rural Queensland invites you to the historic timber towns of Blackbutt and Yarraman and to wineries along the scenic Barambah wine Trail. At Nanango or Kilkivan you can fossick for gold and find accommodation in a great Bed and Breakfast or a Farmstay property.
The Irish Clements Brothers settled in what is known as the Booubyjan Homestead. Located near Goomeri, the brothers began in 1847 with sheep and eventually cattle on this property. This homestead is open daily for touring and a glimpse at the early years of Queensland's settlers. Brisbane Forest Park is unique to most attractions and is rare in the fact that it offers pristine waterfalls, rainforest, deep swimming pools, mountain streams, forests and trees. The small settlement of Mt. Glorious is home to many walking trails and just 10km further is Wivenhoe lookout with views of Lake Wivenhoe.
The Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre in Brisbane Forest Park features a freshwater creek environment populated with water dragons, frogs, platypuses, pythons and fish. The Australian Woolshed, just past Samford re-creates life on sheep station .Shearing demonstrations, ram shows and cattle-dog demonstrations are staged daily, while native animals roam freely around the property.
The Daisy Hill State Forest is a eucalypt forest and acacia scrub. Located just 25 kilometers south of Brisbane, here visitors can search the tree canopy for koalas, comfortably perched in a treetop tower. The Daisy Hill Koala Centre in the central picnic area offers much information about koalas and their native habitat.
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