Ben Bennett Park

Bushland with BBQ shelter at the Ben Bennett Bushland Park in Caloundra

Ben Bennett Bushland Park is a reserve with a number of habitat types and ecosystems, only a few minutes from the main street of Caloundra. The park was once known as Ben Bennett Botanical Park but was renamed at some point, although I’m not sure when this occurred. The park has been around for over … Read more

Kumbartcho Sanctuary

Wooden walkway through forest next to a waterhole, taken at Kumbartcho Sanctuary

Kumbartcho Sanctuary is a hidden pocket of wildlife and bushland beside the North Pine River in Eatons Hill of Brisbane. Kumbartcho is derived from the local Aboriginal word for Hoop Pine, which was the dominant species in the area before they were felled by settlers to build ships. The sanctuary is 6 hectares incorporating the … Read more

Buckley’s Hole

Water lagoon at Buckley's Hole Conservation Park, used by local and migratory shorebirds

Buckley’s Hole is a conservation park on the southern end of Bribie Island. It sits at the bottom of the eastern side of Bribie Island, south of the Bongaree Jetty . The area is a habitat used by local and migratory shorebirds, some flying 6000km non-stop. Migratory birds stop at Buckley’s Hole to rest and … Read more

Purga Nature Reserve

Purga Nature Reserve Boardwalk

One of a number of reserves managed by Ipswich City Council, Purga Nature Reserve is the largest protected area of endangered Swamp Tea-Tree forest in the world. There are two walks at Purga Nature Reserve, both are easy class 2 walks with one partly wheelchair accessible. Tea Tree Boardwalk The first walk is called Tea Tree … Read more

Mary Cairncross Park

Mary Cairncross Park is a conservation reserve in Maleny on the Blackall Range. The reserve is a 55 hectare area of subtropical rainforest, preserving the remnants of the ecosystem once covering the southern part of the Blackall Range. The area was heavily timbered from the 1880s, in particular for the prized red cedar trees, and … Read more

Queens Park

Queens Park in Ipswich is like three destinations in one – a playground, an Australian animal zoo, and Japanese gardens, all in walking distance between each other. Queens Park Playground The playground design borrows from the coal mining history of Ipswich. A mining shaft headframe is at the top of slippery dips and the start … Read more

Wooroolin Wetlands

The Wooroolin Wetlands is a palustrine wetland (inland without flowing water). It is located right next to the township of Wooroolin, accessible from behind the pub, or at the sports grounds just outside of town. At the turn of the century early settlers reported feeling the earth shaking, and the lagoon suddenly dried up and … Read more

Jack Smith Scrub

Jack Smith Scrub Conservation Park is a small softwood scrub north-west of Murgon, named after Jack Smith who donated the park. The area was once a vast dry rainforest, with land clearing for agriculture there are only small pockets remaining. A similar scrub is on nearby Boat Mountain Conservation Park in the Silburns Vine Scrub walk. … Read more