Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rainforest Explored Bulburin Hides Rare Species; Drivers Enjoy Frosty Night of Camping before a Day of Adventure

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Rainforest Explored Bulburin Hides Rare Species; Drivers Enjoy Frosty Night of Camping before a Day of Adventure

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BEATEN

TRACK

with Bradley Praed

THE monthly trip for the Bundaberg 4WD Club saw us based on a private property just north of the Kolan River on the Bruce Highway.

An option for those who were keen to camp in the frosty conditions was taken up by six vehicles.

The low of two degrees overnight was warded off somewhat by sitting around the fire whilst sipping Bethany White Port, which we had bought in South Australia on an extended club trip last year.

Access to a neighbouring property allowed us to take in the views from atop Mt Toonboro.

The views were little consolation to one of our members, having shred a tyre on the loose rocky climb to our vantage point.

Back at our base camp the property owner gave us a guided tour of tracks.

A slab hut and blacksmith's shed gave an insight into forgotten times, with many of the hand tools used to carve the wood on display.

On Sunday morning six more vehicles from our club made the trek to meet us for a day trip into Bulburin National Park.

Before heading up into the park we had done some ringing around to see if the recent rains had caused any problems that would hinder our travels.

With the all clear and the suggestion of carrying a chainsaw taken on board, the group headed off on the two and a half hour climb to the central campground.

Bulburin is 50km north-east of Monto.

To access the park from the Bruce Highway, turn off at Granite Creek Forest Road near the Granite Creek rest area, 64km north of Gin Gin or 38km south of Miriam Vale.

This access road is four-wheel-drive only.

Conventional access is possible from Builyan on the Monto-Gladstone Road.

Turn at the Dalga Road and continue along the Bulburin Forest Road to the campground, 16km from Builyan.

Bulburin National Park holds one of the best subtropical rainforest remnants in Queensland and protects the only known population of the endangered Bulburin nut tree. …

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