Monto

The Lister Street Parkland is the perfect place for a picnic breakfast under the trees. Work off your meal by strolling through the metal and sandstone sculptures of local and visiting artists that dot the grounds. A walk through the Three Moon Historical and Cultural Complex is a journey through a history of pioneering settlers, epic world wars and the tools of a fortune built from gold.

With two of Mother Nature’s finest national parks with 90km of each other and a stunning diversity of landscapes, this itinerary is like driving through an art gallery of living, breathing masterpieces.

Begin with Cania Gorge National Park, just 30 minutes’ drive from Monto. Watch Mulgildie Plateau’s rich red soil transform into the towering hardwoods of Coominglah Forest. These rich palettes break open into a picturesque lake, extending into the horizon outside your window.

There are more than 10 walking trails in Cania Gorge National Park, that lead past giant sandstone cliffs, caves, stunning lookouts and winding natural creeks.

Just south of Thangool, Mount Scoria is an obvious and impressive landmark, although not large compared with most mountains. It rises 150m above a flat, lightly vegetated plain and has a base less than 2km in circumference. Mount Scoria was the site of an active volcano about 20 to 26 million years ago.

The mountain features unusual and impressive basalt columns. As the volcano’s lava cooled, it formed distinct columns or pillars with five to eight sides, called columnar basalt. The number of sides indicates the speed and evenness of cooling.

The six-sided columns formed from a slow and regular cooling process while the five, seven and eight-sided columns were formed by irregular shrinkage caused from a quick and uneven cooling process. The columns are best viewed from the walking track. Please do not strike them as this can cause significant damage.

From one of Mother Nature’s finest creations to the next, Kroombit Tops National Park is just 55km north of Cania Gorge National Park. There are a number of access roads to the park, please note most are 4WD access only.

Born from volcanoes, the park offers a cool retreat in a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests, scrublands and a hidden secret more than half a century old.

For 50 years the park hid the wreck of World War II plane, Liberator, which crashed landed in 1945 after flying through a heavy storm. Named Beautiful Betsy, the plane is now on show for walkers who can explore the wreckage laying exactly where it crash landed.

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The Lister Street Parkland is the perfect place for a picnic breakfast under the trees. Work off your meal by strolling through the metal and sandstone sculptures of local and visiting artists that dot the grounds. A walk through the Three Moon Historical and Cultural Complex is a journey through a history of pioneering settlers, epic world wars and the tools of a fortune built from gold.