Venman Bushland National Park, Mount Cotton

#25 of 35 in Nature in Brisbane Region
Forest · Hidden Gem · National Park
Venman Bushland is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 22 km southeast of Brisbane.
Jack Venman purchased 255 acres of land on West Mount Cotton Road in the Shire of Redland in 1954. The land had been heavily logged in the 1900s. Venman paid 2 pounds per acre which was a total of 510 pounds. His early plans for the land were cattle farming but he did not have money to sustain cattle. In 1959, Venman sought work elsewhere and it was noted that the land was returning to its natural state.
In the late 1960s Jack discovered surveyors on the property who wanted to develop the land. He turned them down but became concerned for the preservation of the land as bushland. He constructed walking tracks, barbecues and built wooden chairs and tables. In the 1970, he deeded the land to Shire of Albert for $1 and the right to maintain his home on the land. At the age of 73, Venman retired as caretaker for the property.
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  • Lovely to be in nature - is hilly with tracks clearly marked & maintained. I didn’t spot any wildlife but enjoyed the time out in nature. Took 2 hours to do the 7.5km circuit at a steady pace. Amazed....  more »
  • Highly recommended Venman bushland national park for its walking trails and to have a picnic. Lots of wildlife to see as well.  more »
  • First time here we done the Tingalpa Creek trail. Great for beginners or those looking for a easy bush walk. Track is nice and clear and probably one of the best signed tracks I've been on.
  • Great place for a walk. A few solid inclines to be wary of. Loose stones on the paths. The path is wider than a car all the way. Signs all the way so you dont get lost. I was walking as quick as I could on the 7.5km Venman track which took me 1 hour to walk. Paths can be moist in parts too. Watch for mozzies especially on the 2.5km Tingalpa Creek Track😉.... There are toilets and bbq's with picnic tables and a place to kick a footy around near the car park. I saw a number of wallabies too

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