We spent 3 nights staying in cottage "Altitude" and would thoroughly recommend this property for a couple. It is almost new, very quiet, backs onto rainforest, neighbours are not close, lots of birds, roos. We loved it.
The staff at the office were friendly and helpful and gave us some tips on the best places to see certain birds and the fireflies in Riflebird park.
We weren't certain what to expect from Bunya Mountain because unlike eg. Lamington NP where you either camp or stay in an expensive hotel, here you can stay in self catering individual cottages which are obviously built and owned by completely different people. I was worried that it was some sort of housing estate but its not like that at all. The cottages are all different. They are built on quite large blocks (I would say that Altitude is probably on at least half an acre, perhaps more) and for a lot of them, your neighbours would be a fair way away and you have lots of privacy.
We chose Altitude partly because it included linen and towels and as we are not locals, we didn't fancy BYO or paying >$30 to hire. There were some basics in the cottage including loo roll but you will have to bring in pretty much everything including tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil for the BBQ etc.
The bed was comfortable and we slept well although we did wake up with the sun and the birds.
We were met at Altitude by the welcoming committee of King Parrots who were obviously disappointed that we didn't have seed to feed them but still they came back every so often to see what was on offer. We saw lots of Kingys, Crimson Rosellas, Magpies, Pied Currawongs. We also often saw the Satin Bowerbirds both male ( x 2) and females, and a large family of Superb blue wrens with at least 2 males in full colour. They were around just about all the time and very easy to see. Bring binoculars with you if you are interested.
We frequently heard the Green Catbird but just couldn't see him (that had to wait for our walks in Mary Cairncross park at Maleny).
We saw the fireflies at dusk, lots of roos everywhere. They are all along the road into the office and restaurants, just lolling around all day.
The walks at Bunya Mountains are good and varied. We did the shorter walks that said they would take between 1 and 2 hours and they took us double that because we were walking very slowly and quietly to see the birds.
We loved it here and in retrospect we wish we had allowed more nights at Bunya Mt and less elsewhere on our holiday. We will just have to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre is the largest accommodation provider offering a stunning selection of 97 architectually designed chalets on the doorstep of the 2nd oldest national park in Australia ... more less