Pioneer Park (Serenity Drive)

Park space at Pioneer Park on Serenity Drive in Maryborough

Pioneer Park is on the south side of Mary River in Maryborough with four entrances to the reserve, including this one on Serenity Drive. This location has a grass park area nestled in with bushland and shady trees, away from the main road and traffic noise. A sign shows bicycles, horses, and motor bikes are … Read more

Boondall Wetlands

Boardwalk through wetlands, overcast ground with blue sky in the horizon, taken at Boondall Wetlands towards the bird hide

The Boondall Wetlands is the largest wetlands in Brisbane, Queensland. It is a refuge for local wildlife and an important resting and feeding place for migratory birds. Boondall Wetlands Reserve includes several walking trails and a bikeway that connects to larger bikeway network from Redcliffe in the north and Brisbane in the south. To Get … Read more

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

Sharon Gorge Nature Park

Rest stop park area, at Sharon Gorge Nature Park between Bundaberg and Gin Gin

Sharon Gorge Nature Park is a rest stop and nature park between Bundaberg and Gin Gin, with a walk from the rest area to the Burnett River along a creek. Gorge seems more of a confidence-building name for the creek gully because it doesn’t look like you would expect a gorge to be. The walking … 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

Benarkin State Forest

Benarkin State Forest is on the D’Aguilar Hwy west of Kilcoy before getting to Blackbutt. The Benarkin township is on the northern edge of the entrance to Benarkin State Forest. At the entry road from D’Aguilar Hwy, there is a day use area. The area is basic with not much there, though there is a covered … 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