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History of Monto Cania Gorge Lake Cania Wuruma Dam Monto Historical Society


Monto tourist map Monto’s famous pubs Kalpowar State Forest Must-do Monto Monto RV Park Monto Dairy Festival Monto Show Off-road adventures Key contacts

Discover Monto is published by the South Burnett Times Pty Ltd, 176 Haly St, Kingaroy 4610. Printed by News Corp Australia, cnr Creek & Lytton roads, Murarrie, 4172. Digital copy available at www.centralnorthburnetttimes.com.au/ monto-tourist-book.

WELCOME TO THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME MONTO. By day it’s a place of huge blue skies, rolling green hills and an active, passionate community. Late afternoon brings spectacular sunsets that take your breath away, and by night you will be dazzled by millions of stars as you look up into the heavens. A fascinating history of gold, dairy and timber, its stories and secrets are just waiting to be discovered. If lounging about is not your thing, Monto offers activities even for the most energetic adventurer. The gateway to Cania Gorge, any one of the eight bushwalks can lead you on adventures to monolithic rocky overhangs, along cliffs and past towering eucalypts to secret waterfalls and fern covered pools. You may even spot a few of the 90 species of birds. Whether you visit for a day, a week or a lifetime, delve into Monto’s magic today. You will be glad you did.

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MONTO is the newest town to be formed in the North Burnett region, being established in 1924. Settlement in the area is said to have begun in 1850 with A.H. Trevethan settling sheep in the land now known as Rawbelle Station. The town developed around the goldfield deposits of Cania and Monal. Monal Goldfields can be visited today, with the abandoned machinery still on display. Monal cemetery features a stone memorial dedicated to the memory of the settlers and miners who helped develop the area into what it is today. The town would go on to become a major agriculture area to meet the demands of returning soldiers and pioneer settlers.

Construction of the first town buildings started around 1926, and in 1931 the railway was officially opened. The Monto Historical and Cultural Complex contains historical displays, artefacts and collections, generously donated by the community and maintained to keep the memory of the town’s history alive.

1 Newton St, Monto, circa 1920s. 2 Monto Court House, 1951. 3 Monto from the air, 1951.


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CANIA GORGE OFFERS BREATHTAKING WALKS CANIA Gorge boasts a number of impressive walking tracks designed to help you experience the area’s natural beauty. The Dripping Rock and Overhang circuit is a must-try, trailing through Eucalypt woodland. At Dripping Rock, cool water seeps from the sandstone to create a lush rainforest. From Dripping Rock, the track continues on past weathered caves of vivid yellow and red ochres, ending at The Overhang. Fern Tree Pool and Giant’s Chair Lookout will send you on a winding track through Doctor’s Gully before arriving at the beautifully isolated Fern Tree Pool. From there, begin a 2.2km climb up towards Giant’s Chair Lookout for a spectacular view of the gorge. For those wanting something more challenging, Castle Mountain circuit is a 22km circuit going past two gorgeous lookouts, providing a spectacular view of Lake Cania. All these tracks and more are waiting for you just a short walk away from Cania Gorge picnic area.

SPEND AN ENJOYABLE DAY IN THE PICTURESQUE CANIA GORGE A COMMON piece of advice for people coming to Monto is that if you only have one day to spend in the area, spend it at Cania. Located 25km north-east of Monto, Cania Gorge boasts picturesque lake views, lush forest gullies and walking trails suited to all fitness levels. With a fishing permit, anglers can spend a day out on Lake Cania’s waters. The dam holds yellowbelly, silver perch and Australian bass to 3kg. Its biggest claim to fame,

however, is the saratoga. Once a year in November, the fish stocking association holds the Cania Dam Fishing Classic, attracting fishers from right across Australia. The lake features postcard-pretty surroundings of sandstone escarpments and cliff faces, and an abundance of wildlife. Discover the natural beauty for yourself at one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets, just a short trip out of town.


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DRIVING 11km north of the Cania Gorge picnic area, you will come to a roundabout heading left to a lookout of the picturesque Cania Dam or down to the park and boating ramp. The rock dam has a capacity of 88,500 megalitres and supplies irrigation water to many of the Monto area’s producers. For anglers, the dam promises bass, golden perch, silver perch, eel-tailed catfish, redclaws and its famed saratoga. The crystal-clear lake is kept well stocked for the

CANIA Gorge Tourist Retreat sits just off the entrance to Cania Gorge National Park, mere footsteps away from many of the area’s famous walking paths. Nestled in a lush open section of the sandstone valley, the retreat has well-maintained amenities and freshly painted, fully air-conditioned ensuite cabins. In addition, there are plenty of well-kept powered and unpowered sites, including suitable budget options and disabled facilities. After a long day out canoeing across Lake Cania or trekking through the gorge, come back and unwind in the swimming pool, prepare a meal at the camp kitchen and go for a nice hot shower. Internet cafe, TV reception and Wi-Fi are also available.

casual angler, and every year holds the famous annual Lake Cania Fishing Classic, attracting hundreds of fishers from across Queensland and beyond to take part. Lake Cania is also open to boating, fishing and canoeing. Near the lake is a picnic area equipped with shelters, barbecues, a boat ramp and public toilets. During the Fishing Classic, the entire area is bustling with campers and caravanners looking to try their luck. Will you be among them?

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WURUMA DAM A TOP FISHING SPOT WURUMA Dam sits on the Nogo River and has a capacity of 165,000 megalitres. The site has become one of Queensland’s prime fishing spots and for good reason. The Wuruma Dam Fishstocking Association works hard to keep it stocked with perch, barramundi and some more exotic finds such as eel and catfish.

Yellowbelly and bass are the fish of choice in the dam because they make for good catch and eat fish, which anglers are encouraged to do as fishing permits place a limit of two bass and 20 yellow per person. You can also reliably catch redclaws with lobster pots, and redclaw racing is a popular activity at the dam’s regular fishing competitions.



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WURUMA Dam has become one of the region’s most popular camping and fishing destinations thanks to its beautiful views and spacious capacity for camping and fishing. In October last year, SunWater introduced a two-week time limit on camping to reduce overcrowding and ease stress on the camping facilities. These facilities include a small toilet block, sheltered picnic areas, barbecues, a designated camping area and boat ramps. The area remains a popular camping spot for interstate travellers and grey nomads. No booking is required and camping is free of charge, however visitors must bring their own drinking water and camp a minimum of 10 metres away from the water.






ONE of the Historical Society’s most ambitious projects, this full-size working gold stamper once crushed tonnes upon tonnes of rocks to gold-ridden dust during the gold rush. Thanks to donations from the North Burnett Regional Council and support from the local community, this 25-tonne ironwork symbol of the region’s mining days has again been brought to life.


Now sitting high atop its perch next to the Historical Society complex, this plane is a fifth of the size of the real Liberator that crashed in the Kroombit Tops National Park area in 1945. Head to page 15 to see how you can visit the real Beautiful Betsy.



This rustic old hall (pictured before refurbishment) was taken via truck from its old home near Selene Mine at the beginning of 2017. The Historical and Cultural society has been hard at work getting it wired and painted to serve as a second home for the hundreds of photos that are archived, as well as a revived dance hall.


Another pet project of Harold Ware’s, the wall of the main exhibition room has been lined with photos from beginning to end, ordered to create a photographic timeline of the town’s history from early settlement in the 19th century, formation of the shire and World War II history, with side sections devoted to the town’s indigenous history and early local government.

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The historical complex curator Harold “Spook” Ware is a living legend around town, and his dedication to documenting the area’s history extends to hand-built scale replicas of carts, carriages and even a World War I era cannon. While the best of these replicas are on

full display inside the complex, Spook has a number of projects tucked away in the historical complex shed and under the building he’d be eager to explain, along with records dating back to before the town was founded in 1924.

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MONTO TOWN MAP 1 Monto Golf Club 2 Monto Historical and Cultural Society Complex 3 Monto Bowls Club 4 Monto Caravan Park 5 Monto Three Moon Hotel

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6 Grand Hotel Monto 7 Albert Hotel Monto 8 Monto Colonial Motor Inn Hospital Police Station

MONTO NORTH TO KROOMBIT TOPS NATIONAL PARK 1 Cania Gorge National Park 2 Mungungo Pub 3 Kalpower Kalpowar State Forest 4 Kroombit Tops

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MUNGUNGO PUB REMAINS A POPULAR SPOT FOR VISITORS MUNGUNGO Pub – named for an indigenous word meaning “my own country” – began as the Waratah General store in 1924. The pub was built by Elwin Burns to meet demands for rail workers and settlers starting up in the area. In 1930, the railway line to Mungungo was built, and the area became an important township servicing the line between Monto and Gladstone. Known for servicing tough men, the pub is said to

have emptied nine 18-gallon kegs of beer a week. Today, Mungungo Pub honours that reputation as a true blue country pub, with friendly staff, hearty meals and flowing taps. It serves as a popular rest stop outside Monto township for travellers passing through, and holds regular communal activities such as the old time dances at Mungungo Hall, as well as the annual Mungngo vs the World charity cricket game.

MULGILDIE HOTEL’S GHOSTLY HISTORY BUILT in 1927, parts of this hotel were brought up from Gayndah via train to serve as an outpost for the growing expansion of farming in the region. Its first owner, Ivy Bourne, ran the hotel for more than 45 years, and it has accumulated a mass of history since. Originally licensed as a homestead, Mulgildie Hotel has always offered comfort to locals and passers-by, but became infamous for its numerous ghost sightings. Room 2 is said to be haunted by the friendly ghost of a young girl, while room 6 is occupied by the spirit of a old railway worker. Over the years, many attempts have been made to find these ghosts, and those looking to continue the legacy can request a stay in these rooms. The establishment boasts 14 rooms and is a throwback to yesteryear, well-renowned in the region for its old-world charm. Come and say g’day to publican Julie (pictured), browse the impressive art collection and try out their delicious pizzas and roast.

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GRAND HOTEL A WELL-KNOWN INSTITUTION ON MAIN STREET BUILT in 1928 by George Buzz Jr, the Grand Hotel is the quintessential outback pub and much-loved fixture of the local community. Sitting on the corner of Monto’s main street, the pub has become a venerable institution of the town. The Grand Hotel has changed hands a number of times in its 90-year history, but most recent publicans Doug O’Sullivan and Tina McGrath (pictured) have given the establishment a new lease on life. The two are putting the finishing touches on a complete refurbishment, which they expect to be finalised by July 2018. It now boasts 20 air-conditioned rooms, a newly renovated dining area, gaming room and expansive beer garden and the modern touches have ensured it remains a favourite.


HERITAGE-LISTED ALBERT HOTEL HAS RICH HISTORY THE Albert Hotel was built in 1929 and opened in 1930 by Albert A. Morgan, who also built the Mulgildie Hotel back when it was known as the Cecil Hotel. The establishment then had 32 rooms and was mainly used to accommodate travellers. Today it has 15 fully serviced rooms upstairs and is well maintained. The building was heritage listed in 2012 by the North Burnett Regional Council for its aesthetic significance and remains a fine example of a corner hotel. The Albert is stooped in the history and tradition of the formative years of the region. The present owners have worked hard to maintain the original features of the hotel. Darren Banney and Dianne Falzon have owned the building since 2009 and have run the hotel since 2006, offering cheap beer and some of the best meals in town.

THE Monto Colonial Inn came from humble beginnings,established in 1909 when it was known as the Many Peaks Hotel. It serviced locals and travellers alike under proprietor Kate Theodore. The Many Peaks Hotel was dismantled in 1929, before it was rebuilt five years later, opening as the Montrose Guest House. It wasn’t until 1968 that it was converted into a restaurant and Motor Inn. Current owner Georgie Dekker took charge in 2016 and has undertaken extensive renovations to return the establishment to its former glory. The Monto Colonial Motor Inn is brimming with rustic charm, celebrating the rich and vibrant history of Monto. Group bookings are available and the modern bar and dining area are perfect for functions and events.

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EXPLORING KALPOWAR STATE FOREST JUST outside the sleepy North Burnett town of Kalpowar – once hailed Australia’s best kept secret – sits one of the region’s hidden treasures. The expansive yet often-overlooked Kalpowar State Forest, just 30 minutes north-east of Monto, is a picturesque logging plantation at the foothills of the Burnett Range. Amid the dense rainforest and towering hoop pines, Kalpowar’s tranquil recreation area is an ideal and inexpensive camping destination. The forest features impressive bushwalking, four-wheel driving and wildly popular biking trails, as well as fishing, kayaking and swimming up the road at the Kolan River Crossing. It came as a pleasant surprise when the tiny town earned a spot on a 2016 list of Australia’s best small towns, alongside the likes of Ipswich, Dubbo and Hervey Bay. It was well deserved, however. Though it may be small, the township has a reputation for being friendly and hospitable to those passing through on their way to visit the state forest park.

Fourth generation Kalpowar resident Meagan Ellerton now lives with her family in the old schoolhouse, and believes an injection of tourism dollars could see the little town return to its halcyon days of yesteryear. “It’s a really cool and unique little town,” she said. “There is lots to see and do and I think it would be a shame to let the history of our village and forest disappear. “I would love to see the forest come back to life.” The gravel road leading up to the camping spot is tricky, but accessible to cars, caravans and motor homes. While the Kalpowar township recently received grants to renovate their hall, residents are campaigning for funds to reinvigorate the forest. “It would be so amazing to see the sites looked after for our future generations, and for the many tourists that visit Kalpowar,” Ms Ellerton said. Camping is available for $6.35 per person per night. Call 13 74 68 or visit www.qld.gov.au/camping.

CARAVAN PARK IS A GATEWAY TO MONTO CARAVANNERS can stop in at the Monto Caravan and Cabin Park on Flinders St. Situated right in town, the park is close to shops, pubs and everything you could need, as well as being nestled between Lions Park and the Monto Historical and Cultural Centre. RVs and caravans are more than welcome with powered and unpowered sites and a dumping point. The site is family friendly, with ensuite and budget cabins, shaded swimming pool, clean facilities and spacious picnic areas. The fire pit is hugely popular with overnight stayers who like to put their feet up on a cold day. Owners Lesley and Peter Lamond, who took over the business in June 2015, have made the park a tourist-friendly attraction. When they took over, they put out bird feeders to attract a wide range of bird species, including some that have flown from nearby Coominglah State Forest.


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THE fearsome Bunyip statue lies in wait to greet you at the Mulgildie rest stop area. Built under the Regional Arts Development Fund thanks to the Queensland Country Women’s Association, this iconic statue relates to the legendary Bunyip Hole, just 10 minutes drive from Mulgildie township. This eerie pool lies still for most of the day but has been known to bubble and gurgle, a sign of the legendary bunyip said to dwell within. Indigenous elders believe Bunyip Hole is connected to a vast network of underground caverns passing Tellebang Mountain and stretching as far as Ban Ban Springs, and cattle that have wandered near have been known to go missing. Beautifully bleak during the day and just plain unsettling at night, a visit to the Bunyip Hole is a worthwhile trip for all those fascinated by legendary creatures and myths.

YOU may have seen the beautiful replica at Monto’s Historical Complex, but nothing compares to the real thing. About 66km north of Monto, you will need a four-wheel drive to brave the path, or get out of the car and make your way on foot via one of the many walking paths, but the rewards at the end are worth it. The Liberator bomber crashed there during World War II and was hidden for nearly 50 years. The area is now heritage listed and all parts of the wreck are protected. Other than that, wildlife watchers can find birds and animals at the northern or southern limit of their distribution, as well as the only known home of the endangered Kroombit tinkerfrog. Camping is available at three spots: Griffiths Creek, The Razorback and The Wall camping area. All three are accessible only by four-wheel drive save for Griffiths Creek in the dry, and none provide camping facilities, meaning campers must be dedicated and self-sufficient.

A GORGEOUS DRIVE THROUGH NATURE AT COOMINGLAH A BEAUTIFUL national park with plenty of history, Coominglah State Forest is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day out. The main entrance is via the Burnett Highway, 19km north of Monto, with many roads and tracks for explorers to take a nice, relaxing drive. Once a logging site for the old sawmills up until 2002 (providing timber for some of the area’s older buildings such as Moonford Hall), the forest is called home by roughly 650 plant and 440 different animal species, including sanctuaries for 18 threatened species. Within it lies Queensland's largest patch of semi-evergreen vine thicket with crows ash and bottle tree alliance, known as Hurdle Gully Scrub. It can be viewed from Hurdle Gully Lookout, which also allows travellers to put their feet up and look out into the valley of Three Moon Creek, across the Burnett River and Mulgildie farmlands. The lookout has picnic tables and a small parking area but no water or toilet facilities.

Saturday, Sept 22 to Sunday, Sept 30 On the middle weekend of the September school holidays,Monto will host the Monto Dairy Festival.So why not take a drive to the country and enjoy our festival that is unique to Monto. There is something for everyone with a Street Procession,Festival Ambassadors,Fireworks, Local Farmers Market Stalls,Cheese Making,Side Show Rides,Bands and Entertainment,the festivals own“Kurdel Inn”,“Curds & Whey Wine and Cheese Marquee”,the“Holy Cow Café”. Monday,September 24 Cheese Soiree - Monto Three Moon Historical and Cultural Complex Friday,September 28 Udder Butter Ball - Colonial Motel Saturday,September 29 Udder to Butter Dairy Festival - Farmers Market - Cream of the Crop - CBD & Total Cheeessy Making Workshop - Monto Show Grounds


Saturday,September 29 Legendairy Parade - Monto CBD Saturday,September 29 Legendairy Festival - Monto Show Grounds PLUS Many more great events. facebook.com/montodairyfestival/.

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TOWN’S SELFCONTAINED SECRET STOPPING by for the Dairy Festival or one of the many other fantastic events the town has to offer, and looking for a place to stay? Look no further – the Monto RV Park is the place for you. At just $5 per night, it’s an inexpensive option nestled right in the heart of town at the foot of the main street. Not to mention the ample caravan parking in Lister St itself. The park sits adjacent to the old Monto train station and railway line that was integral to the region’s history. The trains stopped two decades ago but the disused station has been brought back to life and is well worth checking out. Monto RV Park features more than 20 unpowered sites for fully self-contained motor homes, caravans and RVs, with potable water and a dump point available for guests. Caretakers Jim and Robyn Piper have become favourites with visitors and grey nomads, who keep coming back for their country hospitality and nightly happy hour by the campfire.

GET READY FOR THE MONTO DAIRY FESTIVAL EVERY second September, Monto celebrates perhaps the most popular event on its social calendar – the Dairy Festival. Adored by locals, the Dairy Festival represents everything about the community’s history and identity. This year, the town will come alive to pay homage to its past as one of Queensland’s most prominent dairy regions. Feature events held throughout the week give you the chance to learn the history of dairy in the region, how milk and cheese are produced, and reasons behind the dairy industry’s unfortunate decline. After deregulation of the dairy industry in July 2000, the average price of milk fell and farmers struggled to keep up with the costs. In its heyday, there were 450 dairy farms producing milk for Australia out of Monto. Today there are just four, as many of the old dairy farming families have either folded or converted to beef and grains. As a result, the Dairy Festival itself has transformed, becoming a tribute to the many diverse industries that

drive the local economy. The biggest day of the festival is the Saturday carnival day, beginning with a parade of floats through town. Representing various businesses, local schools and industries, these floats showcase Monto at its biggest and brightest. The festivities then move to the showgrounds for a day out like none other. An Udderly Historical showcase, the Dairy Pride Hall of Fame, judging for the dairy goat state championship, fairground attractions, live music from the Wolfe Brothers are some of the attractions along with all the other classic show activities you would expect. The next full Dairy Festival will take place this September. In the off-year, a scaled down Dairy Carnival now operates, featuring many of the attractions that made the festival what it is today. The committee has developed a strong, entertaining program and has plans to make this carnival a success and a great lead-up to the biennial festival.

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SHOW SEASON BRINGS MONTO’S RURAL ROOTS TO LIFE THE Monto and District Show is without doubt the centrepiece of the region’s social calendar. It brings people from all walks of life together and is a day to remember for locals and visitors alike. If you haven’t been to a rural show, you’ve been missing out. The event celebrates the best the town has to offer, showcasing the district’s diverse culture and its next generation of community leaders. In 2018, Monto marked its 88th annual show as huge crowds poured through the gates for the two-day extravaganza, with plenty on offer to keep show-goers entertained. The main arena at the Monto Showgrounds always has something going on, whether it’s equestrian showjumping, campdrafting or night entertainment. At the 2018 show, sideshow alley was packed all weekend but the hype centred around the sand arena

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for the farmers challenge and stuntman Walter Whip’s hair-raising performance. Show society president Amanda Goody believes the beauty is that there’s something for everyone. “The show is an event run by the community, for the community,” Ms Goody said. “It’s the perfect opportunity for people to come together and see the best that Monto has to offer. “This event is especially important given the hardship the town has been through over the last few years - the show is more important than ever.” There’s chainsaw racing, cattle judging, circus performances, rides and activities for the kids, plus all the old favourites including food stalls, markets and local art, craft and food judging. To find out more about the show, you can find updates by following the Monto and District Show on Facebook.

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OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES AN UNTAPPED RESOURCE the “hidden gems” in Monto’s backyard. Matt is happiest when he’s discovering places that most people don’t get to see, and says the rich history and natural beauty of the North Burnett rivals that of anywhere in Australia. “There are many parts of Australia that only a very small percentage of our population will ever get to see,” he said. “A lot of travellers spend their time straight up and down the Bruce Highway. “My job is to help drag more people off the beaten track to find out what places like the North Burnett have to offer.” As a keen off-roader he’s already ticked many of the country’s epic road trips off his bucket list. The Canning Stock Route through the Kimberly, the


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Gunbarrel Highway, Flinders Ranges, the Simpson Desert crossing and Cape York - he’s done them all. His latest expedition took him to Mount Walsh, Utopia Falls, Coongara Rock, Mingo Crossing and Cania Gorge and Cania Dam (both pictured above), stopping at all the North Burnett’s major townships along the way. Matt hopes to expose more people to the region and shine a spotlight on Monto as a tourist destination. “It’s really good to discover and explore these areas close to home,” he said. “People spend a lot of time and a lot of money travelling overseas and they ignore some of the most amazing sites in our very own backyard.” You can check out more of Matt’s work at www.mattwilliamsphotography.com.



MATT Williams is no stranger to adventure. The intrepid traveller and 4WD enthusiast quit his day job four years ago to pursue his passion for photography full-time. The freelance photographer is now living the dream, getting paid to visit some of the best locations both at home and abroad. He’s been lucky enough to drive some of the most legendary four-wheel drive tracks Australia has to offer, documenting his journeys in the hope that it will encourage others to do the same. This month, Matt trekked through our region on assignment for Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism to build awareness of the district as an off-roading destination. Very few Aussies have seen as much of Australia as he has, and Matt delivered a glowing endorsement of

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KEY CONTACT NUMBERS IN MONTO FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 000 Police Station 1 Lyell St, Monto, Qld 4630 07 4166 1211 Monto Hospital 35 Flinders St, Monto, Qld 4630 07 4166 9300 Monto Veterinary Surgery 8 Lister St, Monto, Qld 4630 07 4166 1285 Post Office 60 Newton St, Monto Qld 4630 07 4166 1750 Bowls Club 33 Airport Rd, Monto Qld 4630 07 4166 1331 Golf Club Rifle Range Rd, Monto Qld 4630 07 4166 1670 Foodworks 50 Lister St, Monto Qld 4630 07 4166 1434 Monto Caravan & Cabin Park 16 Flinders St, Monto Qlf 4630 07 4166 1492

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Paradise Dam Recreational Park

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Incorporating Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera Communities G’DAY ENJOY YOUR STAY Offering Visitors our Warmest Welcome Visitor Information Touch Screens and FREE WiFi throughout the Region Community run self contained RV Stops Monto: Contact 4165 1245 and Biggenden: Contact 4127 1301

Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreation Park 2670 Gayndah Mount Perry Rd Mount Perry P: 07 4161 6200 E: mingo.crossing@northburnett.qld.gov.au

Mountain View Caravan Park Walsh St Biggenden P: 07 4127 1399 E: mountainview@northburnett.qld.gov.au

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Cania GorGe TourisT reTreaT We're miles aWay from anyWhere... but close to everything that makes a great holiday!


ania Gorge is an ancient place full of cavernous sandstone formations dating back 200 million years. The formations provide a safe habitat for local flora and fauna to thrive. Walking in the morning or afternoon - it is the best time to see this wildlife. Take time to stop, look and listen. The hidden sights and sounds of the park will reveal themselves to you. Look up at the cliffs above where a peregrine falcon or wedge-tailed eagle may be soaring.

At Dripping Rock or The Overhang, listen for the sound of water slowly eroding sandstone. In the wet, choruses of frogs can be heard near creeks. Rustling noises in the dry rainforest are often caused by birds or reptiles, which you may see if you are quiet. In the side-gorges, the echoing calls of sulphur-crested cockatoos or currawongs are often heard. Once you've finished exploring the park you can return to our secluded retreat, enjoy dinner and cup of tea by the campfire and recharge for the next day's travel.

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our accommodation Powered siTes We offer well grassed, shady sites that are kept neat and tidy at all times. All our powered sites have their own water tap and sullage disposal and are very spacious (7 by 11 mtrs).

un Powered siTes All the un powered sites are on a spacious grass area. Enjoy your own campfire and choose your own site close to the cliff faces. We don’t allow generators in the park to ensure a quite and peaceful night’s sleep.

Phone: (07) 4167 8110 | Fax: (07) 4167 8112 Bookings Only: 1800 44 6010 Email: enquiries@caniagorgeretreat.com.au

our Cabins We have several fully self containable cabins, in which you can relax and enjoy the scenery. You can choose to stay in fully self containable or ensuite cabins (all airconditioned). All units are very comfortable and have spacious verandas. The ensuite cabins use our great log cabin camp kitchen (fully equipped) for cooking.

1253 Cania Road, Monto Qld 4630 GPS South: 24 43’24 | East: 150 59’36 6830651aa

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Explore the scenery, hospitality and historic venues

Discover Monto  

Explore the scenery, hospitality and historic venues