Kumbartcho Sanctuary

Just half an hour north of Brisbane CBD you can still wander through a pocket of remnant rainforest. This beautiful piece of nature used to be the Bunya Park Wildlife centre. It closed down in 1994 and was zoned for redevelopment.

Thanks to very determined locals and a lengthy two year battle these 6 hectares are now a community forest reserve known as Kumbartcho. Kumbartcho is the Aborigine name for Hoop Pines.

During the long battle to preserve this, lantana took over and it took hard work from volunteers to eradicate. I have to say in all honesty that it is clear that at the moment there are too much work and too little volunteers. If you feel like lending a hand, you can contact the sanctuary directly or through Volunteering Queensland.

There are well maintained walkways leading through rainforest, around the pond and across waterways. The rope bridge is a big favourite amongst the children. On site you’ll find a nursery where you can buy your own piece of rainforest grown from seeds collected from plants in the park. The Interpretive Centre is popular with schools and a great way of teaching the young ones more about their own back yard and how to preserve it for future generations.

There is also a playground with a lovely cubby house. Picnic tables and barbeques are provided.  More Photos.

Location: 15 Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill

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