Take a leisurely drive up to the Tableland district just outside Murgon. You can enjoy a picnic at the neat and well maintained Kapernick Park which overlooks the South Burnett valley. On a clear day you can see the Bunya Mountains to the south-west. Easily accessible by car and a nice option for those who might find the walk up Boat Mountain too difficult.
Best to access the Kapernick Lookout picnic area from the Murgon - Gayndah Road.
Explore Jack Smith Scrub
Jack Smith donated this small patch of softwood scrub in hilly country north-west of Murgon. Go bird watching perhaps..... more than 40 species of birds have been seen in the park including the black-breasted button-quail which leaves circular depressions on the track as it spins around feeding on the forest floor. See brush-turkey mounds beside the walking track.
If you visit in spring, you will see the creamy flowers of the wonga vine which twists around the tree trunks. Camping is not allowed in the park. Jack Smith donated this small patch of softwood scrub in hilly country north-west of Murgon. Jack Smith Regional Park preserves a valuable remnant of the once vast dry rainforests that have since been largely cleared for agriculture.
The park is just north-west of Murgon on Smiths Road. Head 5km west of Murgon along the Gayndah Road. Turn right at Tablelands Road and left at Smith Road. Jack Smith Scrub is 3km along this road on the right.
Explore the park along a short circuit track. Wear protective clothing to avoid being scratched by prickly shrubs.
Owenia nature walk circuit 900m, 20 minutes
*Photos courtesy of Dorothy Hurdle