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Bunya Mountains is the perfect serene Family Escape

Crisp mountain air, green as far as the eye could see, kangaroos relaxing in the front yard and rosellas landing on my shoulder – breathing in the Bunya Mountains in all it’s glory, Mumapeel could instantly feel time ticking just that little bit slower. With a newborn and a toddler, the Bunya Mountains bushwalk is surprisingly convenient for family time in nature.

Friends were surprised at my excitement for our Bunya Mountains break, we weren't avid bush walkers (especially with a newborn in tow) and we weren't retirees (which seems to be the expectation for a Bunya Mountains enthusiast) but I knew something they didn’t. Having visited the region before I knew the serenity was infectious, that it’s the perfect escape, a place to unwind, to check out of the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s a place where there's not much to distract from the scenic surrounds and where you can truly discover the meaning of family time.

Journey to Bunya

The journey from Brisbane isn't a quick one, just over three hours, and we had to stop three times for our little ones, but we made it! And I must say the obligatory first stop at the Fernvale Bakery for a Yowie Pie is a must.

Arriving in the Bunyas there are two options when it comes to accommodation; camping or renting out a house. Generally, the digs in the Bunya Mountains are rustic but one place breaks the mound, and since we were traveling with our extended family to celebrate Dad's 70th we decided to treat ourselves and check in to Godshill.

“It wasn’t a holiday jam packed with planned entertainment but rather one where we kicked back a gear, and just spent time together, enjoying each other’s company.”

Godshill and beyond

Godshill is not a simple house but rather a complex that can be rented in separate parts or as an entire estate. Catering for up to 14, it comes complete with an open fire pit, wood-fired pizza oven, games room and billiards table, sprawling picture-perfect lawn, three kitchens and three obligatory cozy fireplaces.

Our two-year-old Lucy loved exploring the grounds, saying hi to all the kangaroos on the lawn and learning the names of all the birds we spotted. We spent our days playing croquet on the lawn, heading out of short family friendly walks through the stunning bushland, billiards and board games by the fire when it got colder and of course our pizza night with our very own wood fired pizzas was a huge success.


Bundle up the little ones ...

Travelling with a little baby was not a hassle at all, staying in self-contained accommodation makes a lot of difference in my opinion and I would always recommend it. Also to note, the area is known to always be several degrees colder than average for the region so make sure kiddies are always bundled up and watch out for ticks, my nephew found two ticks nestled into his skin while we were there but they were spotted quickly and easily removed.

It wasn’t a holiday jam packed with planned entertainment but rather one where we kicked back a gear and just spent time together enjoying each other’s company and getting to spend time with the extended family who all could stay in the complex.


Recharge and reconnect as a family

Four nights at Godshill and we were recharged, refreshed and ready to head back to the city with warm memories of a mountain escape that gave us some much-needed time and space to reconnect as a family.


In a former life Amy Peel was a footloose and fancy free TV Producer travelling Australia and abroad. Now with the addition of toddler Lucinda Louise into the mix the adventures continues but life has well and truly changed. Follow the fun on Instagram @mumapeel or start Chasing Amy.

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