The Hummock Reserve




Bundaberg Regional Council welcomes you to the Sloping Hummock – part of a dormant volcano which offers views across Bundaberg and to the ocean.  This reserve contains the largest remnant of Woongarra Scrub, a dry rainforest plant community. It is located approximately 10 minutes from the CBD accessible via Bargara Road and Windermere Road.

The Taribelang Aboriginal people were the first people to inhabit this area.  Later, in 1799 Lieutenant Matthew Flinders sailed past the coast and named this hill “The Sloping Hummock”. Today it is more commonly called “The Hummock.” 

Woongarra Scrub
Before white settlement, around 4000 ha of Woongarra Scrub grew on the rich red and brown soils which formed from a basalt flow from the ancient volcano now known as The Hummock.  It was very dense rainforest known as microphyll vineforest.  In the 1860s, explorer Nugent Wade Brown walked into the Woongarra Scrub trying to reach the summit of The Hummock and said “the scrub was so dense we could scarcely make headway and ultimately got lost and spent the night there, getting back to our horses at 10am the next day.”

As Bundaberg developed, the Woongarra Scrub was a source of timber, with some trees shipped to Maryborough for milling, however the white settlers were mainly interested in clearing for agriculture. By the late 1870s, most of the Scrub was gone.  The rainforest you at the Hummock is the largest remaining area (4ha).  It contains over 120 species of native species and is very important as a “seed bank” for replanting efforts in other locations.  The trees here are stunted due to the thin layer of soil over volcanic rock as well as the windy location.  Woongarra Scrub on more fertile soil was taller. 

Exploring the Reserve
A well maintained timber walkway takes you through this Woongarra Scrub remnant.  At the end of the walkway, a lookout on top of a water reservoir provides views of the surrounding district.   Can you imagine what this area must have looked like before white settlement?

As you walk along, listen for the sounds of birds which visit the Scrub.  Figbirds, Silvereyes and Black faced Cuckoo Shrikes are common, while in summer you might hear the distinctive call of the Common Koel, also known as the Stormbird.

Botanists are particularly interested in several species in this reserve.  The Wedge-leaf Tuckeroo is listed under legislation as “vulnerable” but is common here. An unusual form of Rose Mahogany (Dysoxylum sp.) is found here, possibly the “Deepwater” form.  It is very rare in the Bundaberg area and a large specimen grows near one of the water reservoirs.  A parasitic plant called Balanophora fungosa flowers here after heavy rainfall.  It grows under the leaf litter and looks like a type of fungi.

Amongst the native trees and shrubs are exotic weeds such as Asparagus fern, Ochna and Coral Berry.  Council seeks the assistance of local landcare groups and nearby residents to reduce infestations.

Nearby is Maureen Schmitt Park, accessible from Finemore Crescent.  This land was revegetated over many years as a joint initiative of the then Burnett Shire Council and Bundaberg Landcare.   It is named after local conservationist, Maureen Schmitt who has been instrumental in community conservation efforts, has greatly improved local botanic information and worked tirelessly to plant thousands of trees on the Hummock and throughout the region.

Caring for the Reserve
• Remember to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but your footprints
• Please do not dump garden waste which could spread exotic plants
• Domestic animals are not permitted


The Hummock has toilets, barbeques, picnic facilities and a playground.

For further information please contact Council's Natural Resources Department on 1300 883 699.