January 2016 – Kroombit Tops

Sunday 17 January – was a run with a difference.   It was minus Hot Rods!

Highway 66 members gathered on the south side of Rockhampton in seven 4WD vehicles for a day trip to Kroombit Tops which is a mountain range between Calliope and Biloela.

After a quick coffee stop at Macca’s in Calliope and meeting up with another vehicle from the Gladstone Club – the vehicles proceeded up to the top of the mountain.

Radios between the vehicles kept everyone amused on the trip – and on the lookout for ‘car eating cows!’  This relating to a very interesting road sign warning of cattle on the road.

And the amusing situations kept coming – everyone feeling sorry for the ‘poor fella’ who’d lost his esky that was seen on the side of the road.  Until a stop at the Rangers Station, and finding the back of a vehicle’s tailgate open and two missing eskies!

Thankfully, the Highway 66 Club Members know how to look out for each other – with someone taking the time to stop and pick them up.  This resulted in no one going hungry or thirsty during the trip!

From here the convoy headed to the Lookout, on the way meeting up with two vehicles from the Biloela Car Club who drove up via the Razorback 4WD track from Biloela.

Though the weather was a bit cloudy, the view from the Lookout was still spectacular and extremely high for those that aren’t particularly fond of heights!

After a lovely lunch at this site – the convoy headed along the ridge to visit and pay respects to the Beautiful Betsy, a WW2 plane that crashed sometime during the early morning of 27 February 1945.  A plane that spent nearly 50 years sitting at the top of the ridge until it was found in late 1994 by a Ranger doing a fire patrol.

A very interesting walk way has been established with different plaques and message boards, giving not only information, but also a human perspective on the tragedy.  Wreckage parts of the plane scattered throughout the bush, staying where they landed at impact. Quite an overwhelming feeling knowing how many souls lost their lives at this site and to be undiscovered for such a long period.

Leaving the Betsy, some vehicles headed to check out ‘The Wall’ also on Kroombit Tops, whilst others started the trip back to Rockhampton – but not without an ice cream stop at Macca’s in Calliope for some.

A really great day was had by all.