Where is it: off Old Northern Road, Everton Hills
Why we love it: It's a State forest right in the suburbs - and so relaxing too!
Tell me more: Bunyaville State Forest (or Regional Forest, or Conservation Park as it is sometimes called) is such a lovely and quiet piece of bushland right in the north-western suburbs of Brisbane! Walking trails (and also horse and mountain bike tracks) criss-cross the park so it's a great place to get back to nature and unwind! You might be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife - wallabies, koalas and echidnas all reside in the park, and there's lots of birdlife too! Trees to play on, in and around, a nice little picnic area and there are also a few little creeks in the park! And although they are not really suitable for swimming they do add to the charm of this little (it's not really that little - it's 640ha) patch of bushland! It's a really great way to get away from it all without actually getting away! The Bunyaville Environmental Education centre completes this parkland - although this is a fully endorsed educational facility run by the Department of Education they have lots of programs on for kids to get involved (just check their webpage) including one of our favourites for the little guys - Bush Kindy!
Website: http://www.bunyavileec.eq.edu.au/ and https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/bunyaville/index.html
Amenities: BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and water on hand! 👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking but finding a spot shouldn't be too much of a problem! 👍👍👍
Access: It's natural bushland but paths through the area provide that access is not too much of a challenge! 👍👍
Best for: We think everyone would like the serenity of Bunyaville - but the under 5s will love Bush Kindy! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: Another piece of natural bushland so accessible for us here in Brisbane! There are no spectacular views, but the peace and quiet here in the park make it such a valuable asset! 👍👍👍
Hints: Bring your hiking boots and get ready to explore!
Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre
Where is it: Heaps of locations all over the country! See the website for more details!
When: 31 July (schools might have activities earlier)
What's it all about: Promoted by PlanetArk, Tree Day encourages people of all ages and walks of life to get outside, enjoy nature and give back by planting a native tree!
How can I join in: There are lots of community or school events planned. Find out more by checking out the website. If you can't join in to any of the planned events, there nothing to stop you from planting a native tree in your own backyard (or even in a pot!).
Tell me more: National Tree Day is a great initiative to promote a healthy environment by holding tree planting activities!There are lots of organised activities which will give you plenty of help in properly planting our native trees. Some of the things that we have learnt - first pull out the weeds - you can't have weeds growing over your little trees! We have also learnt about the animals that will be attracted to the trees - great for encouraging a healthy ecosystem! And finally planting our trees, making sure that they are native and that they had lots of water for a good start! Hopefully all the trees we have planted grow up to be big and strong and create lots of habitat for our native animals! It's a really fun day for little kids!
Brisbane Family Explorers