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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Burtons Well Camping Area, Bunya Mountains National Park, QLD.

Burtons Well Camping Area. Our tent is in front of a huge Grass Tree.
It's no secret, we love the Burtons Well Camping Area at Bunya Mountains National Park. We have camped there many times and are particularly keen to camp there when the Grass Trees are in flower. Flowering time varies but it usually occurs sometime around September. The nectar attracts a wide variety of wildlife, from possums through to butterflies. Just be aware that the Burtons Well Camping Area is restricted to tents.

Booking tags are provided but there is no self-registration.
Wood pile, donkey shower with shower cubicles and toilet block.
There are hybrid toilets and a Donkey Shower in the campground and a dedicated disability campsite.

Disability campsite.
One of the things we love about Burtons Well is the awesome sunrises. There are also excellent sunrise and sunset views from the nearby Mt Kiangarow walk.

Sunrise view from our tent.
We got our timing right this trip and the Grass Trees were in flower which makes for some relaxing campground photography.
Satin Bowerbirds

Macleay's Swallowtail
Paradise Riflebirds
The male Paradise Riflebird kept his distance.
Eastern Spinebill and Crimson Rosella

Wildlife: Northern Brown Bandicoot, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Red-legged Pademelon, Red-necked Pademelon, Pretty Face (Whiptail) Wallaby, Swamp Wallaby.
Butterflies: Purple Moonbeam, Large Grass Yellow, Macleay's Swallowtail.
Bird List: Satin Bowerbird, Regent Bowerbird, Australian Brush Turkey, Green Catbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Superb Fairy-wren, Frey Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Brown Gerygone, Lewin's Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Southern Boobook, Spotted Pardalote, Australian King Parrot, Topknot Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Paradise Riflebird, Eastern Yellow Robin, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Grey Shrike-thrush, Eastern Spinebill, Brown Thornbill, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Bassian Thrush, Eastern Whipbird, Golden Whistler, Willie Wagtail.

Details for Burtons Well Camping Area:
Where: About 250 km north-west of Brisbane. Very steep access roads. Entry from Kumbia signed not suitable for caravans. Entry from Maidenwell signed not suitable for caravans. (I haven't driven in from the south so I'm unaware of the road conditions from that direction but please note access below). 4.2 km north-west of the information centre at Dandabah Camping Area.
Access: 2WD. Sealed roads. Steep roads into the Bunya Mountains. Please note that the Department of Transport and Main Roads advises that "all access roads are unsuitable for long and/or heavy vehicles".
Sites: 1 disability campsite. Large open grassy area for up to 30 people. Tents only. Vehicles in car park separated from tent area by bollards.
Bookings and Fees: Normal National Parks Queensland fees, $6.30 pp at time of writing. Maximum stay 14 nights. Book online or by phone 13 74 68.
Facilities: Hybrid toilets, tables, wood BBQs, wood pile, donkey shower (BYO bucket to take water to shower cubicle), 2 shower cubicles with canvas shower bags, taps (non-potable). We had Telstra phone reception at the campground but not throughout the park. Walks. No bins. 
Prohibitions: No pets. No generators. Don't collect wood from the park. No camping in the car park.
Caution: Check regularly for ticks. Tent only campground. No long and/or heavy vehicle access to the Bunya Mountains.
What's Special: Large Grass Trees. Lots of birds and wallabies.
Other Campgrounds in Bunya Mountain National Park: Dandabah: suitable for any rig that can drive into the mountains ie. not long and/or large. Westcott: tent only.

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