The Bundaberg North Burnett Region offers an experience no other Queensland Region can come close to claiming. Vast rural settings, National Parks of rainforests and naturally formed crevices and gorges, abundance of wildlife and revealing aboriginal paintings and meeting places, all waiting for you. Industry thrives within the rural settings of the North Burnett, the backbone of the region. Follow the Burnett Highway from Monto to Ban Ban Springs.
|Duration||1 Day||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||440 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty|
On the northern outskirts of Gin Gin, take the turn off to Mount Perry. 30 kilometres along the Mount Perry road, and two kilometres off the main road, you reach Boolboonda Tunnel - the longest manmade unsupported tunnel in the southern hemisphere.
Mount Perry, the origins of mining within the region, has a museum showcasing the lifestyle of the pioneers. Venture up to lookout over the town, with views to Boolboonda and Perry Ranges.
Heading west along the Mount Perry Monto Road you have two options of travel - 20 kilometres of unsealed road continuing to Langly Flats just south of Monto. Or divert toward Eidsvold on a sealed road which will bring you 10 kilometres north of Eidsvold on the Burnett Highway. This only adds about 25 kilometres to the journey to Monto from the unsealed alternative.
Monto is a small country town on the northern rim of the North Burnett Shire, and leads you to Cania Gorge National Park which offers bushwalking, rainforest, gorges and Aboriginal paintings. The roads are sealed, and there are accommodation options at either end of the gorge.
Lake Cania on the northern tip of the Gorge also offers great fishing.
The Burnett Highway will lead you from Monto to Eidsvold. You will pass the turnoff to Lake Wurruma, camping is permitted and throw in a line and try your luck.
Eidsvold is the beef capital of the Burnett. The Information Centre also has a museum dedicated to R.M Williams. To the south you come across Mundubbera and then Gayndah. They are known as citrus capitals of the state, providing employment opportunities for locals and visitors.
Gayndah is known as the oldest town in Queensland and was considered for the capital of Queensland, but lost to Brisbane because the river was not deep enough, making it impossible for large cargo ships to unload.
The next stop is Ban Ban Springs, a community known for natural springs. To the Wakka Wakka people this area is significant as in the dreamtime it was believed this was the spot was where the 'Rainbow Serpent' surfaced.
Following the Isis Highway you start journeying back to the coast. Stop off at Coalston Lakes, extinct volcano crater lakes, which are near Mount Walsh National Park. Mount Walsh overlooks the town of Biggenden, known for its grain and cattle. 11 kilometres from Biggenden is Chowey Bridge.
From Biggenden you come to Dallarnil. This is where the road divides and decisions can be made. But you can also head to Paradise Dam. This newly constructed dam is less than five years old and supplies much needed water to farms in the region. Camping is permitted for a small fee.
Follow the Isis Highway towards Childers but veer off to Apple Tree Creek, famous for its rodeos but also houses the largest free flight walk-in aviary in Australia, around two acres in size. Thousands of feathered friends await your undivided attention.
You are now back on the A1 (Bruce Highway). Head south 10 minutes to the town of Childers.
|Start from:||11 Campbell Street, Gin Gin QLD 4671, Australia|
|End at:||51 Newton Street, Monto QLD 4630, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 2 mins|
|Start from:||51 Newton Street, Monto QLD 4630, Australia|
|End at:||Isis Highway, Biggenden QLD 4621, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 30 mins|
|Start from:||Isis Highway, Biggenden QLD 4621, Australia|
|End at:||140 Churchill Street, Childers QLD 4660, Australia|