Lake Broadwater Conservation Park
Lake Broadwater is a natural lake 27km south-west of Dalby. Surrounded by cypress pine, eucalypt and brigalow woodland, it is a refuge for our waterbirds and native wildlife. We often bring our friends and family here for picnics and relax under the shady river red and blue gums on the shores of the lake.
There are tables, wood-fired barbeques, toilets and a 2km track that joins the two camping areas. Camping fees apply and are payable by way of an honour system at the park's entrance. See our on-site caretaker to purchase your camping and boating permits.
GPS Coordinates: -27o 21' 09.0" S 151o 05' 31.5" E
Bunya Mountains National Park
Declared a National Park in 1908, the Bunya Mountains is the world's largest remaining bunya pine rainforest and is linked to the Jurassic era. Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people travelled up the mountain during bunya nut season to feast and celebrate. Notches still mark the tree trunks where young men cut footholds with stone axes to scale the trees and bring down bunya nuts.
Today, this popular camping and walking spot offers three camping areas and an extensive range of trails including a wheelchair accessible trail. A wide selection of accommodation is available near the park including houses with panoramic views and rustic mountain cabins. The drive is very scenic, but steep and winding, so please don't travel with a caravan or trailer.
The Bunya Mountains are 63km north-east of Dalby. Contact the Department of National Parks, Recreation and Racing to obtain your camping permit on 13QGOV (137 468) or book online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
GPS Coordinates: -26o 52' 47.4" S 151o 35' 51.1" E
Barakula State Forest
One of the best wildflower areas in Queensland is located north-west of Chinchilla; Barakula State Forest is the largest managed State Forest in the southern hemisphere and it puts on a spectacular wildflower show from late winter to spring. See historic landmarks including the mysterious ‘Guymers Baby' grave, the Dingo Barrier Fence and the site of Australia's first oil bore. Stately cypress pines, spotted gums and incredible hairy oaks can also be viewed throughout the year.
Please beware of logging trucks as this is a working forest and call in to see us at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre for advice on how best to explore the forest. Contact the Department of National Parks, Recreation and Racing to obtain your camping permit on 13QGOV (137 468) or book online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
GPS Coordinates: -26o 25' 41.6" S 150o 30' 17.5" E
Southwood National Park
One of our not so well known National Park treasures is Southwood. Located 130km south-west of Dalby on the Moonie Highway, this National Park is a refuge for wildlife living in its scrubby forests. Over 92 bird species have been sighted here, including beautiful glossy black cockatoos.
There are no official walking trails but you can explore the roads with care and there is a bush picnic table in a superb setting. We recommend you take a 4WD and BYO water. As camping is not allowed in the National Park, the closest township for food, fuel and accommodation is Westmar.
GPS Coordinates: -27o 49' 41.3" S 150o 06' 17.8" E