Queensland ain’t all postcard perfect, overcrowded golden surf beaches and coral reef fringed tropical islands…
Yep, there are more than a few secluded, mountainous spots on offer for those in the know. Case in point, the Kroombit Tops National Park. A gorgeous hinterland enclave of rainforest and dense woodlands interspersed with a fistful of campsites and a snaking network of mountain tracks.
Truly one for the offroad purist, Kroombit Tops is set in the tablelands 80-odd kays inland of Gladstone and 500km north of Brisbane. There are three basic campgrounds spaced out within the park.
A lack of major facilities keeps the crowds at bay, while the self-sufficient tourer will thrive on the natural vibrancy of the place. Fire rings are provided at all campgrounds for a true bush cooking experience.
Make sure to follow the signs to check out the wreckage of the WWII Liberator aircraft that crash-landed in these hills in 1945.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: The tracks that network the park are pretty sedate, although it’s worth airing down the tyres a little after rain as occasional steeper sections can become slippery.
WWII AIRCRAFT: The wreckage of the WWII era Liberator that crashed in the park back in 1945 can still be visited. It lied undisturbed for decades and was only discovered 50 years after crashing.
LOCATION: 80km southwest of Gladstone. Access from Gladstone is via Calliope and the Dawson Highway towards Biloela.
CAMPING: Available within the park at Griffiths Creek, The Razorback and The Wall camping areas. Permits must be booked online prior to arrival.
FUEL and all supplies are available in Gladstone.
MORE INFO is available at www.npsr.qld.gov.au