#ParksForPeople – Buntine Rocks

Buntine Rocks, is a large granite outcrop, with spectacular 360 degree views from the top stretching over farmland to the west and bushland to the east. It is a relatively easy climb to the top, and well worth it for the views of the surrounding countryside. It is perhaps most spectacular over the winter when the farm crops create a patchwork of green and gold.

If you are in the area during the wildflower season there is plenty to see if you take the time to look. If winter rains have been good, there are carpets of pink and white everlastings. There are also many varieties of orchids including donkey, cowslip, blue fairy, spider, ant & sun which can be found around the base of the rocks and alongside the track edges leading up to it.

If you visit just after heavy rains and are staying overnight, you may be deafened by the noise of frogs. There are five different species of frog which have been found in the adjacent Buntine Nature Reserve. This reserve is one of the largest within the farmland of the Northern Agricultural region (NAR), and well over 400 species (birds, reptiles, mammals and plants) have been recorded within a 5km radius of the rocks. Some of these are amongst the most threatened species in Australia. Make sure to keep an eye out for the elusive Malleefowl.

Free camping is available at Buntine Rocks, and there is plenty of room, however there are no facilities, so be sure to bring your own water.

Getting There:

Buntine town site is 35kms north of Dalwallinu, on the Mullewa-Wubin Highway, a pretty drive especially during wildflower season. To get to Buntine Rocks, turn east out of Buntine (it is well signed), travel 1.2kms to the entrance to Buntine Rocks on your left hand side. Follow the track until you get to a large parking area where you will need to stop if you are towing a van or trailer.

Information sourced from the Shire of Dalwallinu website and The Atlas of Living Australia.

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