Bunya Bunya

Bunya Bunya

Bunya Bunya trees (Bunya Pines) are large cone-bearing trees native to the south-east tropical forests of Queensland. Despite its colloquial name, the Bunya Bunya is not a pine tree, but was named the Bunya Pine by European settlers. The Australian Aboriginal name Bunya Bunya is also given to the cones of the tree which bear edible seeds that taste like roasted chestnuts. For thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1770, Indigenous people lived in clans throughout Australia. During the summer, Aboriginal clans would come together at the Bunya Mountains in Queensland and feast on the nuts from the Bunya Bunya. Bunya Bunya trees are huge, growing up to 45 metres, and their cones weighing up to 10kg, so when the cones would fall in the summertime, there would be enough nuts to support a large gathering of Indigenous people. It is said that under the Bunya Bunya trees, various ceremonies would take place, making the Bunya Bunya a culturally significant tree for Aboriginal Australians, in addition to being an important part of their diet. Interested in learning more about Australian bush foods? We are developing a range of products and experiences that will allow you to feel, smell and taste bush tucker. In the meantime, check out our bush tucker garden to learn about some of the other native Australian flora that we’ve planted.