Getting out: Kroombit Tops National Park

TRAGIC PAST: Crash site of Beautiful Betsy, a Second World War B-24D Liberator Bomber aircraft, that crashed in Kroombit Tops National Park in 1945.
TRAGIC PAST: Crash site of Beautiful Betsy, a Second World War B-24D Liberator Bomber aircraft, that crashed in Kroombit Tops National Park in 1945. Lisa Maynard

IF you're looking for somewhere to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, check out Kroombit Tops National Park.

The park is 85km south-west of Gladstone.

It features sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls.

You can explore natural and cultural wonders hidden among woodlands, rainforests and scrublands.

Kroombit Tops offers visitors the chance to get back to nature and camp without facilities, away from phones and technology, in small camping areas with fire-rings for a traditional bush cooking experience.

You can take a bushwalk and explore forests on four-wheel-drive roads.

Open forests dominated by Sydney blue gum, pink bloodwood and rough-barked apple trees flourish on the park's eastern slopes.

In the wetter south-eastern sandstone country, blackbutt forests dominate, and subtropical rainforests grow around some of the creeks.

Many birds and animals in Kroombit Tops National Park are at the northern or southern limit of their distribution, and it is the only known home to the endangered Kroombit tinkerfrog.

See the remains of a WWII Liberator bomber that crashed at Kroombit Tops in 1945 and remained hidden in the forest until it was discovered nearly 50 years later.

Three camping areas are available - Griffiths Creek camping area, The Razorback camping area and The Wall camping area.

Camping permits must be booked before arrival.

Major access routes are from Gladstone, Biloela, Monto or Ubobo.

Most access routes require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Your type of vehicle and the weather affects which access route you choose to Kroombit Tops.

Conventional vehicle access, in dry conditions only, is possible from Gladstone and Ubobo.

Within the park conventional vehicles can only access Griffith Creek camping area, the Lookout and associated walking tracks.

Access from Gladstone is via Calliope and the Dawson Highway towards Biloela.

For more information visit the Queensland National Parks website here.

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