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Right on the edge of the na­tional park, The Bun­yas com­plex is home to a num­ber of de­lights.

The Bun­yas cafe has ta­bles over­look­ing the edge of the for­est and this spot, although bathed in morn­ing sun­light, is a cool, shady spot to re­lax in the af­ter­noon.

Be sure to try their sig­na­ture scones, cream and jam – you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

The store is part of the com­plex. In­side you’ll find all the essentials you might have for­got­ten to pack plus a sou­venir or two.

To­wards the rear of the com­plex is Lyrics restau­rant.

This fine din­ing es­tab­lish­ment fea­tures bunya nuts on the menu for those keen to sam­ple this unique del­i­cacy.

You can pick from items such as the chicken bunya nut salad and the bunya nut tea cake and cream that are pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors. It’s mouth-wa­ter­ing din­ing in the serene na­tional park.

It also has an ex­ten­sive wine list in­clud­ing a cou­ple of wines from lo­cal pro­duc­ers Cranes and Mof­fat­dale Ridge.

The deck is an­other area of this sprawl­ing com­plex that is de­light­ful year-round, made so by the out­door fire­place and com­fort­able stools.

In­side Lyrics restau­rant is Shack­le­ton’s Whisky Bar where guests can sam­ple from more than 138 whiskies from across the world.

Make sure you ask Dan Kratz­man, owner of Shack­le­ton’s, how the bar came to be named af­ter the leg­endary Antarc­tic ex­plorer – a great tale to hear over a glass or two of whisky.

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