Starting from the car park at the end of Bunya Avenue, this walk takes you to the Tim Shea Falls via a singular track, going through a colossal strangler fig along the way. Be prepared to be dazzled by the size and beauty of the fig as you go through it. Surrounded by the dense vegetation and pine trees, the waterfall sits nicely along the same-titled creek. The area is home to colourful bird species such as Pittas and the slick Satin Bowerbird. The waterfall is best viewed after some decent rainfall(preferably from January to March), but this leads to an increased number of leeches. Remember to bring a raincoat regardless of the forecast as the weather can flip quite quickly. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Kingaroy Cooyar Road then drive for 10.8 km
Turn left onto Maidenwell - Bunya Mountains Road and drive for another 25.5 km
Turn right onto Bunya Mountains Road and drive for another 2.7 km
Turn right onto Bunya Avenue and drive for another 850 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park on Bunya Avenue(40 metres north of The Bunyas Coffee Shop & Tavern), head along the singular walking track as you pass by the said cafe to your left. Follow the track as it veers right and heads into the woodland, moving directly away from the cafe. At the fork just before the creek, veer left and cross the creek via the bridge to continue along the Tim Shea Falls Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Scenic Circuit & Bunya Avenue Start heading along Scenic Circuit (a walking track).
Poppies Cafe (about 140 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 40 m back from the start).
Find the artwork at the start.
Find the Elz Bistro at the start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Festoon Falls via the Scenic Circuit Track. Keep in mind that this side trip can add up to 30 mins to your journey. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 40 m turn left, to head along Scenic Circuit.
After another 9 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Scenic Circuit & Bunya Bunya Track) veer right, to head along Scenic Circuit.
After another 120 m come to the "Walk through Strangler FIg".
After another 185 m come to the "Amazing hollow strangler fig tree" (on your left).
After another 640 m cross the bridge
After another 8 m come to "Tim Shea Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.1 km to get back to the start.
This optional side trip takes you to the Festoon Falls via the Scenic Circuit Track. Keep in mind that this side trip can add up to 30 mins to your journey.
Directions & comments
Start heading along Scenic Circuit.
There is an artwork (about 110 m back from the start).
After 700 m pass a seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 35 m pass the "Festoon Falls" (15 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 65 m turn sharp right, to head along Scenic Circuit.
After another 60 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 730 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Tim Shea Falls
45 min to 1 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -38 m back from the start.
Seat: There is one 55 m (plus an extra 590 m along side route) from the start.