A walk in the mountain forests: My nature journal of Binna Burra, Beechmont and beyond (print version)



A walk in the mountain forests: My nature journal of Binna Burra, Beechmont and beyond. (print version)

By Paula Peeters Paperback, 17 x 22.3 cm, 206 pages, full colour throughout with over 196 original illustrations. Printed in Australia on recycled paper.

Discover the richness of the mountain forests through the playful, diverse and beautiful pages of Paula’s nature journal.

In 2017 Paula Peeters moved to the landscape she had fallen in love with as a child, and had been returning to for most of her life. The mountain forests of south-east Queensland, including Woonoongoora or Lamington National Park, are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. They are home to an incredible diversity of plant, animal and fungal species; ‘a million stories, waiting to be told’.

Paula realises that ‘getting to know’ the nature of this place could take several lifetimes. In her first tentative steps, recorded in this book, she uses nature journaling to look closely, inquire deeply, and record her responses to the wildlife and landscapes of this place. Covering the years 2017 to 2021, this book includes a celebrated series of cartoons about the unprecedented wildfires of 2019 that forced Paula and her family to flee for their lives, and destroyed Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.

While there are several instructional books on the market that teach you ‘how to do’ nature journaling, there are very few published nature journals that have been created in the last 100 years. A walk in the mountain forests is a rare thing: a nature journal created in contemporary times.

Download a sample here

Published in 2023 by Paperbark Writer, Nerang, Australia

Available as an ebook here

More about the book: A walk in the mountain forests – What is this book?

This book may also be available from the following shops. Please phone ahead to check if the title is in stock and to reserve a copy:


Avid Reader, West End, Qld

Binna Burra Teahouse

Binna Burra Visitors Information Centre, Binna Burra, Qld

Books @ Stones, Stones Corner, Qld

Canungra Books and Art, Canungra, Qld

Forager’s Nest Art Space, Red Hill

Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Centre, Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Benowra, Qld

Queensland State Library Bookshop, South Brisbane, Qld

Riverbend Books, Bulimba, Qld


Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo, NSW


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