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    Because all the covid stuff messed up my plans for an interstate ride this year I stayed home, so to speak ,and did a ride within Queensland.
    Kroombit Tops was the destination as it has been on my list for a while. 3 of us started out from Linville. We chose to start and finish at Linville in the Brisbane Valley as it was a safe place to leave our utes and cut out approx 150k’s of bitumen each way.
    One of the attractions at Kroombit is the wreckage of a USAF Liberator which crashed in February 1945 and the wreckage wasn’t discovered until 1994. The site is a memorial to those who died
    I found some tracks on Trans Australia Trails which I used and modified and also plotted a lot of my own with minimal bitumen.
    The basic route was Linville, Wondai, Hivesville, Gayndah,Monto, Mungungo,Kroombit Tops then Ubobo, Mt Perry, Biggenden , Kilkivan back to Linville. It took us 6 days. We cut the ride a day short because the weather forecast wasn’t looking very hopeful .

    Our first camp in the bush north of Hivesville. My 6 can beer carrier got its first use.

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    On to Gayndah then Monto for fuel and then the Mungungo Pub for a night.

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    Heading North from Mungungo we went through the old Monal gold fields.

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    The ride over the range caused a few nervous moments while fully loaded but we did it.
    Then to the Kroombit Tops National Park and the lookout. Unfortunately there was quite a lot of smoke around so the view wasn’t as good as it could have been on a clear day.

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    Then as it was getting late we went to The Wall campsite for the night.

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    The next morning we went back to the Liberator crash site.

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    Last edited by DV8; 26-10-2020, 05:45 PM.
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    • #3
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      After visiting the crash site we left the park by Tableland Road and went to Ubobo, getting some petrol from “Happy” at the Ubobo General Store. Presently the country is very dry and that ride would be much more scenic when it’s green.
      Leaving Ubobo we continued South and found a campsite in the State Forest off Dalga Rd.
      After another night of serenity (and a few spots of rain)we packed up and continued on to the Boolboonda Tunnel.

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      From Boolboonda we went on to Mt Perry then Biggenden , stopping off at the Chowey Bridge.

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      Then on to Biggenden, then Kilkivan, stopping at the Memorial Bridge.

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      We decided on a night at the Kilkivan pub which was a good decision because it started raining shortly after we arrived.
      Next day it was an easy run under threatening skies to Linville via Mannumbar, Gallangowan and Elgin Vale then down the Eastern Branch Road to Linville in time for lunch at the pub.
      1044k’s in 6 days


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      Last edited by DV8; 26-10-2020, 08:03 PM.
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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing Don.
        1000 km's of banjo-strumming hillbilly back-blocks!
        I've been meaning to get up to Kroombit Tops for a while, but waiting for things to green up a bit first.
        We came back from Kalpowar last year via Monto etc.
        Blew me away how dry it was then and I'd doubt it's improved much since.

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        • #5
          That's pretty much how it was, real Deliverance Country and as dry as a dead dingo's donger. I was reminded of the Deliverance movie when we went to the Ubobo General Store. The petrol pumps were "Super" and "Standard" but the Super one wasn't working. Old Mate added it up by writing in the dust on top of the pump with his finger. I was thinking how much nicer it would look when it was green. I might make another trip when its green.
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          • #6
            At least he sells ice at Ubobo!
            The publican at Many Peaks wouldn't part with a bag because he needed it for his bar flies... it was Friday arve and the place was empty.

            What would that 1000km loop be like in a 4wd?
            Was about to ask if you'd share the gpx... then stumbled on it in a parallel universe where the photos can't get any bigger.
            ...thanks for sharing that too

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 380EXCQLD View Post
              What would that 1000km loop be like in a 4wd?
              It would be fairly easy for a competent driver in any 4WD. The way we went Monal Rd north of Mungungo was easy (a few gates). After we joined Cedarvale Rd and headed west there were a couple of steep sections, One of the bikes overheated his back brake on a downhill bit and after he released the steam to unlock it the brake didn't work again. (Husqvarna )
              Apart from those sections the rest of the ride could be done in a rented Commodore.
              There is another road (Mahoon Ck Rd) which runs parallel from Monto on the other side of the hills and that is quite flat until the park entry.
              There is a one way 4WD track that runs from The Wall back to near the Lookout but we didn't do that because of the back brake. We went back on the 2 way section.
              There's also Razorback track which goes from near the lookout to Biloela. We didn't do that either but I've seen some videos of 4WD's doing it and a couple of sections look a bit rough.
              If you have a look at the QPWS map for Kroombit it shows the general layout
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              • #8
                Hi Don, great to see you out and about again... Cheers
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DV8 View Post

                  It would be fairly easy for a competent driver in any 4WD. The way we went Monal Rd north of Mungungo was easy (a few gates). After we joined Cedarvale Rd and headed west there were a couple of steep sections, One of the bikes overheated his back brake on a downhill bit and after he released the steam to unlock it the brake didn't work again. (Husqvarna )
                  Apart from those sections the rest of the ride could be done in a rented Commodore.
                  There is another road (Mahoon Ck Rd) which runs parallel from Monto on the other side of the hills and that is quite flat until the park entry.
                  There is a one way 4WD track that runs from The Wall back to near the Lookout but we didn't do that because of the back brake. We went back on the 2 way section.
                  There's also Razorback track which goes from near the lookout to Biloela. We didn't do that either but I've seen some videos of 4WD's doing it and a couple of sections look a bit rough.
                  If you have a look at the QPWS map for Kroombit it shows the general layout
                  Thanks, you've increased my motivation to get up there.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by redhot View Post
                    Hi Don, great to see you out and about again... Cheers
                    G'day Wayne, I've always been here and riding a couple of times a week, where've you been ?

                    I ran across Bob (Team Ruff) a couple of weeks ago., hadn't seen him for years.
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                    • #11
                      Good write up mate. We recently rolled around that area for 5 days, was fun. If you are adventurous you can find some really cool off the beaten track, tracks. You carry a lot of gear !!!

                      Sent from my SM-G950F using dirtbikeworld mobile app

                      Michael :grinning-

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