Lake Wuruma, Monto & Mount Perry
This is the major dam for the North Burnett region. Head north from Eidsvold through Cynthia and Abercorn, a distance of 48kms. Take a walk along the dam wall, go boating, picnic and fish for golden and silver perch.
Monto is the newest town in the North Burnett, being established in 1924. Ths is in contrast with the district's ancient geological features which include the sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge, a 200 million year old coral reef and deposits of copper, gold and coal. The hard rich soil produces lush crops such as grain, sunflower, navy beans, lucerne and the Mulgildie pleateau is peanut country. Monto is an agricultural centre with catle, piggeries, dairies and a milk factory. The town'sbiennial Dariy Festival is held in June every even year. The Burnett Highway continues north to Biloela and on to Rockhampton.
Set amongst the montains between the North Burnett and Gin Gin, the town of Mount Perry offers much to the visitor. Access is by good gravel road from the Burnett Highway near Gayndah, Eidsvold and Monto. Shepherds were the first to settle the district however the discovery of copper brought an influx of 2,000 people to the thriving mining town. The large slag heap and smelter site recall the past and buildings from the mining area are still in use, some listed with the National Trust. Today things are quieter, with a shire population of 336. The mountain is 750 metres above sea level, walking tracks take keen bushwalkers through native hoop pine, scrub and rain forest. Red shouldered wallaby, echidnas and koalas can be seen on the moutain. Wolca Reserve 6kms east on Gin Gin road, is believed to be the first venue specially set up for mountain biking in Australia. With some 250kms of trails andcountry roads available Wolca Reserve is keenly sought for championship events. Boolboonda tunnel, 18kms east on Gin GinRoad is the largest unsupported man-made tunnel in the southern hemisphere. The railway line (closed in 1962) which ran through the tunnel carried copper from Mount Perry to Bundaberg. The dirt road that runs through the 'bat tunnel' leads past an abandoned Molydenite mine and rejoins the main road some 5kms further on. A good bitumen roads leads back to Gin Gin.