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The Bunya Mountains are a distinctive set of peaks forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland. The mountain range forms the northern edge of the Darling Downs near Bell and Dalby. The mountains are south of Kingaroy and just to the south west of Nanango. The range is the remains of a shield volcano which was built from numerous basalt lava flows about 23-24 million years ago.
Discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half's drive of Brisbane. D'Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) totals approximately 36,000 ha, protecting the core of the D'Aguilar Range’s vast bushland area.
Epping Forest is a national park in Queensland, 855 km northwest of Brisbane. The park is a scientific national park so it is not open to the public. It covers 2750 ha, which includes 2500 ha within a predator-proof fence,
Restricted access is used to ensure Epping Forest remains very much undisturbed as it is the sole remaining natural habitat of the endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat. The last census of the animal estimated there was a population of about 138 of the species. In the 1970s the population was estimated to have reached a low of somewhere between 20 to 30 wombats. Most of the park is eucalypt woodland with patches of sandy soils that are used by the wombats for burrowing.
Owned and operated by the University of Queensland, the Heron Island Research Station is internationally renowned for coral reef research and student training in marine sciences. Facilities and equipment rarely found in an offshore facility combined with its enviable position on the world's largest reef make HIRS the ideal location for marine and climate change research. Heron Island is situated on the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 kilometres offshore from the city of Gladstone. Heron Island Research Station is the oldest and largest marine research station on the Reef. Literally metres from the reef with crystal clear water and near pristine conditions, the station provides easy and direct access to the marine environment.
Idalia is a national park in South West Queensland approximately 900 km west of Brisbane and located near the town of Blackall in the Queensland outback. The park is 144,000 hectares of mulga lands of great conservation value. The national park is home to many distinctly Australian species of flora and fauna, including wallaroos, red and grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, black-striped wallabies, yellow-footed rock-wallabies and endangered bridled nailtail wallabies. Contained within the park are a number of Aboriginal heritage sites, including artefact scatters and stone arrangements.
Moreton Bay Research Station is located 40km east of Brisbane on the Moreton Bay side of North Stradbroke Island (NSI), providing direct access to the waters of Moreton Bay and the Pacific Ocean as well as the unique terrestrial environments of the 27,700 hectare sand island. Lying on the convergence of the eastern Australian sub-tropical and temperate zones, NSI and the surrounding waters support an incredibly diverse range of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems on which to base research and education activities.