Cania Gorge National Park
Where dramtic sand stone rock formations overlook lush forest gullies. Visitors enjoy an amazing variety of scenery, wildlife and history along the many walking tracks available.
Please view the National Park Visitor Information PDF
Self Drives 4WD trips
For the 4WD enthusiast, Monto Shire offers a voyage of discovery and adventure. There are several 4WD trips recommended that will satisfy the most adventurous driver.
1) Monal Goldfields
Visit the historic Monal Goldfields where the abandoned machinery, township and cemetery are reminders of a bygone era - a testament to the original settlers who dared to settle in this inhospitable range country. Continue your trip back in time and pop into the century old Waratah Hotel. A pioneering half day experience.
2) Kroombit Tops National Park & 'Beautiful Betsy'
Experience the challenge of Kroombit Tops National Park and enjoy the overwhelming, unspoiled beauty of open rainforests. At the lookout, a viewing platform shows the magnificent Great Dividing Range rising from the rugged country below. On clear days you may also experience spectacular views to the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Along the road to "Beautiful Betsy" you will encounter the imposing Grasstrees, spectacular Fern Trees, high Piccabeen Palms and gigantic Blue Gums. The Liberator bomber "Beautiful Betsy", crashed here during WWII and stayed hidden for nearly 50 years. Visit the crash site and war grave of the crew onboard.
Lake Cania was opened on the 17th September, 1983 and is situated on the Three Moon Creek 5 kms from our caravan park. The old goldmining township of Cania is submerged under the lake. Headstones from the cemetery have been relocated on the lookout. Lake Cania holds 88,500 megalitres, and has never been any more than 76% capacity. The lake supplies water for Monto and irrigation for farms along the Three Moon Creek as far as its junction with the Burnett River.
Lake Cania is a very big attraction to our tourists. It is one of the top 4 stocked dams in Qld, and has been stocked with fish including Bass, Yellow Belly and Saratoga. Cania Fish Stocking Association holds its major annual fishing competition in March.
View Lake Cania Map
Clark Bartlett's Hut - 'The True Bushman'
Clark Bartlett moved to Monto in 1936 to take up a miner's lease in Cania Gorge. He and his wife Ivy raised six children in their family home and Clark remained there until 1989.
From an early age Clark learned self sufficiency from his father. He kept bees, grew fruit and vegetables, trapped dingoes and killed kangaroo for meat. He won many prizes for his home made bread, dampers and plum puddings.
Clark was postmaster at Cania for nine years, ran a small scale tannery and kept rainfall records for the Weather Bureau.
Around 1970 until 1990 he was the unofficial tourist guide of the famous Cania Gorge. He welcomed visitors to the Gorge he loved so much, kept visitors books and guided visitors on walks he had discovered.
Clark's Hut and way of life are preserved on the park.
Please follow the link for more of Clark Bartlett story.