Cania Gorge NP Qld

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 12:22
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Just been looking for somewhere to get away to for about a week and now considering Cania Gorge in Qld. I would like some feedback on camping spots even Caravan Pks and also any info on possible 4x4 tacks in the area.
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Reply By: ats11279 - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 13:48

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 13:48

The caravan park is a nice place to camp. Pool, friendly people, some sort of bush rat creature and each arvo birds come in to feed, however try and camp away from the toilets, as the treatment system is a bit ordinary on the nose. Friends went out recently and were quite disappointed due to the dryness. However, our family really enjoyed the place, although some of the walks wear out the little people. 4wd wise, it's all pretty easy touring stuff, but with a bit of exploring and travelling towards the coast there are some great spots around Kalpowar, Many Peaks and Kroombit Tops.

Cheers Anthony.
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:53

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:53
Make sure you stay at the Big 4 van park.

Great spot lovely owners and one of the friendliest parks we've ever stayed at.

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Follow Up By: Greiglin - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:38

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 16:38
thanks. we are Big4 members so will look at that.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 21:08

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 21:08
There is a nice free camp at the top of the jump up a couple of kilometres past the Cania Gorge turn off.

There ares also some good sites out at Lake Wuruma Dam. NOt sure if this is still accessible as it was a while ago that we camped there.
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 10:30

Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 10:30
The Cania Gorge is a loverly place to visit for a week or so, preferably outside the school and Easter holiday breaks.

There are two parks located there, the already mentioned Big4 and the other is the Top Tourist which is just at the park's entrance. Both are very popular with visitors for different reasons. Big 4 was more for family groups while TT was a bit quiter and in my opinion the better of the two. The Big4 offered smaller sites so that you felt as if you were on top of the people around you while the TT had wide grassy sites with there own fire place tucked under shade trees beside the creek.

Which ever accommodation you select, you will love the area whith its great walks and abundant wildlife. There is a day trip to visit the remains of a downed WW2 bomber up in the ranges which is worth the drive. Details are available from either the Parks of the tourist centre in town.

Cheers, Patrick

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Follow Up By: Rocky1 - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 16:07

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 16:07
We just got back from a day trip to Kroombit from Monto via farm roads which connected up with the Ubobo-Kroombit road. The 100kms to the lookout (S24.39523 E 151.04556) on the eastern side of the escarpment took about 2 hours and wasn't particularly rough but during our visit all roads were so dusty that we often had to stop because of zero visbility when we were travelling in convoy. The roads were otherwise pretty good, but deteriorate beyond the sign that says "No conventional vehicles beyond this point". Steep ascents and descents with lots of rocks, and just before the bomber wreck parking area (S24.46944 E150.91444) the parks people have installed a timber boardwalk to allow vehicles to get over a nasty ridge. The wreck of the beautiful Betsy (WW2 Liberator that vanished in 1945 and was rediscovered in 1995) is at S24.46445 E 150.91444) and is a few hundred metres from the carpark. It's a fascinating and rather sad spot. The day of our visit the carpark was full and we ended up having lunch in a lovely clearing at the bottom of a cliff face a few km from the wreck. The last downhill section to the clearing is rather rough but it's a beautiful spot (S24.46567 E 150.92587). There's also a very steep uphill section on the return track the eastern side of the park. Most of the vehicles up there were Patrols, Cruisers, Prados and Land Rovers. Saw a solitary diesel Jackaroo. There were two softroaders, our Kluger CV (with wonderful Cooper HTs) and a bloke with a manual Forester. In terms of ruggedness, I suspect it's about the limit of what you'd do in a Kluger given clearance limitations. We didn't sustain any underbody damage and the car (which has mechanical AWD and LSD but no traction control) crawled over everything we asked of it without any wheelspin although suspension noise was a bit loud at times. We initially had seven on board (5 adults and two kids) and transferred two passengers to our rellies' vehicles to lighten the load.
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Follow Up By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 16:59

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 16:59
Yeah its a great part of the world up thre in the ranges. I must admit that I forgot to mention the dust problem in my original report.

Glad you had a great time.

Cheers, Patrick
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