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About Kroombit Tops

Getting there and getting around

Kroombit Tops is 85 km from Gladstone. From Calliope, follow the Dawson Highway south-west towards Biloela for 4 km and turn left into Gladstone-Monto Road. Follow this road for 500 m then turn right into Tableland Road. This road is suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry weather only. From here, it is a further 68 km along Tableland Road to the park boundary. Calliope is the closest centre for fuel and supplies.

From Monto, travel 12 km north along the Burnett Highway. Turn right into Cania Road and pass through Moonford. Turn right onto Wongalee Road and drive until you reach Clonmel Road. Follow Clonmel Road for about 20 km and continue along Mahoon Creek Road for a further 20 km before turning left into the park access road. This route is accessible to 4WD vehicles in dry conditions only.

From Ubobo, take the unsealed Cedarvale Road west for 20 km to Clifton Road. Head north for 25 km to Tableland Road. Turn left and drive a further 25 km to the park boundary. This road is suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry weather only.

Many roads are unsealed and impassable when wet. Contact the Queensland Government's Traffic and Travel Information Service (phone 13 19 40) to enquire about local road conditions. The scenic circuit drive is 4WD access only.

Wheelchair accessibility

The only wheelchair-accessible facility in Kroombit Tops National Park is the lookout but assistance may be required.

Park features

Indigenous people have maintained a strong and continuing association with Kroombit Tops for thousands of years. Since gold was discovered in the district in the late 1800s, settlers have mined minerals, grazed sheep and cattle, and harvested timber here.

Kroombit Tops now protects more than 850 plant species. Three of these are found only on this plateau and many are listed as rare or threatened. Vegetation communities change from the wetter south-east to the drier north-west across the plateau.

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

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Bush camping is permitted at most places in Kroombit Tops, but opposite The Barracks and The Wall are ideal camp locations.

Warning! Avoid camping near hazardous trees—always look up and around for dead and dying trees and branches before choosing your camp site.

You must book your camping permit before you arrive. Fees apply and a tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Gladstone, Calliope and Ubobo. See the tourism information links for more details.

Things to do

Walking

Two short walking tracks and a longer hike give you a closer look at Kroombit Tops’ many natural and cultural attractions.

Rainforest walk—300 m return (10 minutes) Grade: Easy

Discover Kroombit Tops’ unusual tropical rainforest along this easy circuit track through palms, vines and tall trees near Munholme Creek.

Beautiful Betsy bomber crash site—700 m return (30 minutes) Grade: Easy

This short walk takes you to the final resting place of Beautiful Betsy a WWII Liberator bomber that crashed on the western side of the plateau in 1945. Interpretive signs along the way help you understand the tragic event.

Escarpment track—13 km one-way (5 hours) Grade: Moderate

Hike this track along the eastern escarpment through open blackbutt forest with glimpses of the Boyne Valley to the north-east. Watch for peregrine falcons soaring around rocky cliff tops. Please keep to the track and away from the cliff edges. Camping is not permitted along the escarpment. This is not a circuit track, so arrange a support vehicle to drop you off and pick you up.

Remote hikes

Rugged gorges and sandstone escarpments challenge even the most experienced bushwalkers. Before embarking on a remote hike, plan your trip well in advance. Contact us for further information to help you plan a safe and enjoyable trip.

Driving

4WD loop road—35 km circuit (2 hour drive)

You can take an adventurous drive along this 4WD-only track in the park’s drier rocky west and enjoy stunning vistas over gorges and valleys from two natural lookouts along the way. Take the short walk into the bomber crash site and stop for a picnic at The Wall.

The lookout

Visit the lookout to enjoy spectacular views over the Boyne Valley from the eastern escarpment. Look for ribbons of dark green rainforest among the paler eucalyptus woodlands in the valley below.

Picnic and day-use areas

Enjoy a forest picnic in any of Kroombit Tops’ cleared grassy areas—The Wall is an ideal location. Picnic tables and a toilet are located at the lookout.

Viewing wildlife

Wildlife is best spotted early in the morning or in the evening.

By day, rock-wallabies bound across rocky outcrops near Kroombit Creek. At night, micro-bats hunt for insects in the dry rainforest and yellow-bellied gliders scurry through the tree tops while powerful owls hunt for prey.

You may see flashes of colour as flocks of scaly-breasted, rainbow and little lorikeets screech through open woodlands. Wedge-tailed eagles soar above and peregrine falcons nest on escarpment cliffs. Listen for green catbirds and paradise riflebirds—their distinctive calls fill the rainforest with sound.

Encounter eastern water dragons, lace monitors and red-bellied black snakes sunning themselves by creeks. Look for small darting lizards on rocky ledges.

Only at Kroombit Tops can you hear the unusual call of the endangered Kroombit tinkerfrog—a series of sharp, metallic 'tinks'. This elusive frog lives in small patches of rainforest where it is believed to spend much of its time hiding between large rocks.

Bicentennial National Trail

All users, including horse riders, must have a permit to access the Bicentennial National Trail through Kroombit Tops National Park. Contact us during business hours for information.

The trail traverses Kroombit Tops National Park in an east/west direction, with designated camps along the way. A large section of the trail is open only to hikers, non-motorised vehicles and horses. Contact the Bicentennial National Trail on 1300 138 724 or visit the National Trail website for maps and further information.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

There are few facilities available at the park, so you must be self-sufficient. Plan ahead to ensure you bring enough fuel, food and drinking water.

  • Bring a fuel or gas stove for cooking or bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood.
  • Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and mobile phone.
  • Bring sufficient drinking water.
  • Pack strong rubbish bags, so you can take your rubbish with you when you leave. Rubbish bins are not provided.
  • Pack appropriate clothing. Wear sturdy footwear. Be prepared for cool nights, especially in winter.
  • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • The only toilet on the park is at the lookout. Please bring a shovel for burying toilet waste.
  • Bring your camera and binoculars for viewing wildlife. Torches—preferably with a red filter to reduce light intensity—are useful for spotlighting at night.

Opening hours

Kroombit Tops National Park is open 24 hours a day.

Permits and fees

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Other permits

Anyone wishing to access the park via the Bicentennial National Trail must have a permit.

Permits are required for all commercial activities or group functions within the park.

Contact us for detailed information about permits.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Kroombit Tops National Park.

Climate and weather

Temperatures at Kroombit Tops are generally 5-10 ºC cooler than surrounding lowlands and can be quite cold in winter, especially at night.

Rainfall is higher than surrounding areas with most rain falling during summer. After heavy rainfall, contact us to check park conditions, or contact 13 19 40 for road conditions.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Calliope, Biloela and Ubobo. For more information see the tourism information links below.

Staying safe

Whether you go for a short stroll or stay overnight, be self-sufficient and take care of yourself.

  • Watch for wildlife and cattle on the roads, particularly around Kroombit Creek.
  • In wet weather unsealed roads become impassable.
  • Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down. A vehicle is much easier to find than a person.
  • Only attempt the scenic 4WD loop road in a 4WD vehicle.
  • Never walk alone and tell family or friends where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit and extra drinking water in case you take longer than expected.
  • Keep clear of cliff edges. Keep to marked tracks and make sure children do not run ahead.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to protect you against the sun, cold and venomous bites.
  • Beware of falling branches during severe storms and strong winds.
  • Carry a mobile phone or other communication equipment.

For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

In an emergency

Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency or try 112 if this fails. There is mobile phone reception at the lookout (other coverage points in the park are clearly marked with telephone signal signs). You can also call for assistance on UHF emergency channel 5, which is monitored by emergency authorities.

Looking after the park

Please help protect Kroombit Tops National Park by following these guidelines.

  • Use a portable stove to reduce fire danger and eliminate the need for firewood.
  • Bring your own clean, milled timber for firewood. Collecting wood in national parks is prohibited.
  • Keep your campfire at least 2 m clear of surrounding vegetation.
  • Avoid contaminating water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50 m away from waterways.
  • Bury all toilet waste (and paper) 15 cm deep and at least 100 m from waterways, tracks and camp sites.
  • Take all rubbish home. There are no rubbish bins in the park. Never burn or bury it.
  • Avoid feeding native animals as our foods can be harmful to them and you might be bitten or scratched.
  • Check and clean mud and seeds from your shoes, tyres and tents before and after entering parks to help prevent the spread of weeds and the deadly chytrid fungus that kills frogs.
  • Leave Kroombit Tops as you found it. Everything in the park, including all parts of the WWII bomber wreckage, is protected.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, manages Kroombit Tops National Park for the enjoyment of visitors and the conservation of our natural and cultural heritage. A management plan for the park will be prepared in the future.

Tourism information links

Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
www.gladstoneregion.org.au
Marina Ferry Terminal
Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone QLD 4680
ph (07) 4972 9000
fax (07) 4972 5006
email gladstonevic@gapdl.com.au

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see www.queenslandholidays.com.au.

Further information

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Last updated
16 November 2011