Come late winter and early spring our Western Downs will be alive with vivid colour when the local shrubs, trees, grasses and annuals bloom.

One of the best wildflower areas in Queensland is located north-west of Chinchilla in the Barakula State Forest. Barakula is the largest managed State Forest in the southern hemisphere and it puts on a spectacular wildflower show from late August. 

This is a working forest and has a large network of roads making it easy to explore but those on the hunt for wildflowers must beware of logging trucks. With regard to the trees, the forest is mainly a mixture of cypress pine, cabbage gum and ironbark trees. Remember that Barakula also provides a wonderful opportunity for bird watchers with an amazing array of birdlife.

Visitors can also explore historic landmarks including the mysterious ‘Guymers Baby' grave, the Dingo Barrier Fence and the site of Australia's first oil bore.

After a wonderful day exploring the wildflowers, come back to Kings Park Accommodation for a delicious meal and  drink in the Bistro as we would love to hear your stories about exploring our stunning country. To book a room please contact us by clicking here.