For the second B there were many places to choose from; Bundaberg, world famous for its Bundy Rum or Bundaberg Ginger Beer, or Bagara, the beautiful seaside location just down the road from Bundaberg, or the historic cities of Ballarat and Bendigo on the Victorian golfdields or Bright at the foot of the Victorian high country; there is nowhere more beautiful than Bright in Autumn. And there is Byron Bay, with its iconic lighthouse, the most eastern point in Australia. Byron has become a haven for the rich, famous and cool, an Aussie retreat for Hollywood celebs. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-03-26/hollywood-stars-hunker-down-in-australias-byron-bay- And many other B’s in our beautiful Australia but for our second B we are going to the Bunya Mountians .
The Bunya’s make this cut because over Easter we took a little road trip to Kingaroy and Wondai and came home through the Bunya Mountains. So the Bunyas are fresh in my mind but also they are on my list of amazing places to visit.
The Bunya Mountains, which form a stand alone section of the Great Dividing Range are situated between the plains of the Darling Downs and the South Burnett Region. They can be approached from Kingaroy, Dalby, Oakey or Cooyar and this spectacular forest wilderness just pops up out of the surrounding fertile rural landscape. The Bunyas are about a 3 hour drive from Brisbane, 99 kilometers from Toowoomba and about 60 kms from Kingaroy but as you climb into the Bunyas you are literally transported into another world.
At approximately 1000 metres above sea level, the air is always clean, crisp and often a little misty. Walking through the forest is literally the experience of forest bathing. The forest is a symphony of bird call and wallabies and pademelons graze on the grassy picnic areas. As wonderful as this all is, the most majestic and mystical part of a visit to the Bunyas is the spiritual vibe the mountains emit.
Long before white settlement Aboriginal people used the Bunya Mountains as a meeting place for tribes from all over Queensland and New South Wales. Here they would feast on the roasted nuts from the Bunya pine and discuss important business; one can feel the ancient wisdom in the air.
For many thousands of years, Aboriginal people from across the region gathered together on the mountains to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the bunya pines on the mountain. The gathering, known as the Bonye Bonye festival, was held in alignment with the bumper bunya nut crop. This occurred roughly every three years and was a time of feasting, ceremony, marriage, dispute settlement and trade.Bunya Mountains Murri Rangers | National Indigenous Australians Agency QLD projects – Mainland region (niaa.gov.au)
For me a visit to the Bunyas is a beautiful, cleansing, spiritual experience. I quote from the Queensland Tourism page on the Bunya Mountains; Visitors find the mystical Bunya Mountains a deep spiritual experience. Some call it God’s country, some say it’s where peace abides; all feel the magic in their own way. About the Bunya Mountains | Bunya Mountains.
Oh, so true!
I encourage you to Google the Bunyas. Even looking at the images can induce a sense of peace.