AN UPGRADE of visitor facilities at Bunya Mountains' popular Dandabah picnic site has been completed ahead of the school summer holidays.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles said visitors and bushwalkers would benefit from the State Government's $330,00 rejuvenation of the area-the first major upgrade since 1991.
"This upgrade has been two years in the making and I am pleased that visitors can now enjoy better BBQs and picnic tables, resurfaced paths - and take a stroll across the newly-refurbished pedestrian bridge - as a result of this work,” Mr Miles said.
"The information centre has also been revamped, and it is a great place to start learning about the park, with panels about Indigenous history and culture, fauna and flora, and geology.
"It's a really picturesque area, well-known for its impressive stands of tall bunya pines.
"The Bunyas have long been a significant gathering place for Aboriginal people from across south-east Queensland. Bunya festivals are times for ceremonies, law-making and resolving disputes renewing friendships and passing on lore.
"That's why our rangers consulted with the Traditional custodians to provide richer cultural insights for visitors, and ensure crucial ties to Country are maintained.
"This is a place that should be on everyone's 'to do' list over the Christmas holidays, and take advantage of the cooler temperatures during the height of summer.
"It's quite a large park at more than 19,000 hectares, with a variety of landscapes, panoramic views, waterfalls, and lots of different walks and wildlife.
"Most of the walks are easy to moderate level, and well-suited to families making it a great day out for everyone.”The Bunya Mountains are an island of green rising up from the plains between Dalby and Kingaroy. The national park was declared in 1908, straight after Queensland's first national park, the relatively tiny Witches Falls at Mt Tamborine. It was the state's first park of substantial size.
The Bunyas are popular for weekend getaways -at Dandabah and two other QPWS camping areas, or in nearby cosy cabins and large family-oriented houses on private land.
More information is available from: http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunya-mountains/about.html
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