Trip Report 5 May 2018
Kevin & Julie were the first to arrive on Thursday evening Cania Gorge tourist retreat.
$28 per night un-powered site On Friday Sam & Brad, Catherine & Paul, Steve & Caroline and baby Anna and Frank arrived.
Had a small fire and a few drinks that night. Come Saturday morning about 9.30am we all headed into Monto for the Markets, about 6 tables of local craft works. Following the markets we went our separate ways to explore the delights of Monto business area, pub, coffee shop, etc. About 10.30 we head off along Gladstone road to Mungungo where we turn off for our first 4 × 4 track Monal road up to Rocky Creek Road down Clonmel Road and then back to camp arriving about 4 pm.
The drive was a mixture of graded road and tracks which stated THIS IS ONLY 4 × 4, grass that was as high as the bonnet and unused tracks for quite a while with numerous creek crossing which were mainly dry and lots of little valleys.
Sam was in the lead car as Brad was the team lead and had a lot of practice opening farm gate while Julie was at the back with Kev closing the gates.
We saw lot of beef cattle white ones grey and brown, with some brown ones having horns towards the end of the day, with a few horses through in.
Another was started around the fire but rudely interrupted the about 45 min of heavy rain followed by 40 mins of light showers.
Catherine made some damper in this time before the rain and it sat next to the fire all this time with no one attending to it. Catherine was a bit damp over the damper as it was mildly successful with all the damp that was going on
Sunday was fine and sunny with a few clouds having breakfast at 7.30 and heading off to Biloela at about 8.30 about 85km up the road for our day of fun. Stooped at Thangool for Kev to get fuel about 10am and morning tea, then headed up Mullers Rd to Valentine plains road stopping at Kroombit Dam, leading into Kroombit Tops national park about 10.30am following Razorback range drive.
Creek / river crossing were typical of a river base stones however we did not cross them directly but travelled down through for a short way – very rocky and loose stones. Track was a typical 4 × 4 track nothing out of the ordinary. By the time we got to the top of the mountain range it was 1pm and we stopped for lunch overlooking the valleys at an elevation of approx 737m. We head of about 1.30pm towards the Beautiful Betsy plane wreck form WWII we arrived at 2.40pm – which was discovered by a park ranger doing a fire back burn in 1994, the wreck is still scatted over the mountain side. We ended up at over 930m above sea level as we crossed the range. We now headed back to camp down Manhoon creek road arriving back at 5.45pm. Uneventful weekend with no fines. Gates opened and closed were about 24 and cattle grids 45 for both days.
Sunday night we had showers again with the damper not so damp that Catherine made topped off with self- sourcing pubbing for Sam.