The Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill is a 6-hectare site located upriver on the banks of the South Pine River. It contains the last traces of rainforest ecosystems which existed when European settlers first arrived in the area. Previously home to the Bunya Park Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kumbartcho grounds include features such as a koala view deck, native animal sanctuary, plant nursery, dam and environment centre.
The centre is free of charge to enter and visitors can engage with a range of displays including a 4 foot long fish tank and nocturnal display.
Visitors can expect to see a variety of finned, feathered, freaky and furry creatures, including koalas, frogs, snakes, turtles, and possums. The South Pine River also has a range of water and shore birds and predatory raptors. Please avoid taking risks and stick to the paths. Do not get too close, touch or feed the native animals. Even the sweetest koala may become aggressive if provoked.
FREE Public Access
Open free of charge, 7 days a week between 7am and 7pm:
- Accessible access
- Car parking
- Bird hide
- Small enclosed playground
- Picnic benches and barbecue
- Community Nursery
- Bushwalking trails
- Barn and river viewing deck
Please Note: Kumbartcho Sanctuary’s grounds are not bookable spaces and pets and horses are not allowed on site (service dogs excepted).
For the children
Shhhhh, did you know there’s a fairy garden hidden in Kumbartcho Sanctuary? Young kids will have a magical time searching for the fairy’s home.
Community nursery Northside Brisbane
The community nursery is managed by volunteers and supported by knowledgeable horticultural staff. They grow local native plants for community projects and planting in reserves, parks, schools and public open spaces. Plants are also available for both home and residential usage. The native plants can be purchased for as little as $2 each. Discounts are available for wholesale orders. The playground, picnic, and barbeque facilities are open from dawn till dusk, 7 days a week.
If you would like guidance to create your beautiful garden or have questions about what plants would be best for your space, the nursery is a must-visit.
Kumbartcho Nursery is open:
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (except public holidays)
Phone: (07) 3264 3953
Please Note: The nursery does not have EFTPOS facilities, but ATMs can be found nearby.
Boardroom in the bush
Kumbartcho Sanctuary also offers a conference centre for hire 7 days a week for conferences, workshops, weddings and other special functions.
The Yuraba Conference Centre is located a 5 minute drive away (or a 30 minute walk away through waterside parkland) at 240 Church Road, Eatons Hill.
Need to Know
Kumbartcho Sanctuary is located at 15 Bunya Pine Court, Eatons Hill 4037 View map
It is open 7 days a week from 7am-7pm.
Eatons Hill is around a half hour drive from Brisbane, via Old Northern Road.