Population 1155

Monto, one of the most recent towns in the Capricorn region, was settled in 1924. It is the centre of a rich dairy and beef cattle district and is set picturesquely on a plateau surrounded by rolling hills.

Visitor Information

Touch screen in Newton St; or council offices, 51A Newton St, (07) 4166 9999

Nearby national parks

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

  • Isla Gorge National Park

    Isla Gorge National Park, in Queensland’s Central Highlands, lies at the southern end of the Dawson Range and features rugged...more

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

Nearby towns

  • Miriam Vale

    Miriam Vale lies south-east of Gladstone, in the hinterland of the 'Discovery Coast'. The town is renowned for its charming hospitality, its...more

  • Biloela

    This thriving town in the fertile Callide Valley is part of the Banana Shire, but do not expect to find any bananas grown here. The area was...more

  • Mundubbera

    Mundubbera is on the banks of the Burnett River and is a major citrus-growing area in Queensland. Fruit pickers flock to the town in the...more

In Town

History Centre: local history displays and videos; closed Sat–Sun; Cnr Kelvin and Lister sts.

Historical and Cultural Complex: variety of historic artefacts and a mineral display; Flinders St.


Cania Gorge National Park Part of Queensland's sandstone belt, this park has cliffs, gorges and caves of spectacular colours. The freehand Aboriginal art around the park is a reminder of the area's ancient heritage. There are over 10 walks of varying length and difficulty. See the park's goldmining history on the 1.2 km return Shamrock Mine track or experience breathtaking park views from the Giant's Chair Lookout, reached on the longer Fern Tree Pool and Giant's Chair circuit. (07) 4167 8162; 25 km NW.

Mungungo: small town with boutique Waratah Winery; 13 km N.

Lake Cania: excellent spot for watersports, fishing (permit required) and walking to lookout. Annual Lake Cania Fishing Classic is held here every Mar; 11 km N via Cania Gorge Picnic Area.

Kalpower State Forest: hoop pine and rainforest vegetation. 4WD or walk rugged tracks to scenic lookouts; 40 km NE.

Wuruma Dam: swimming, sailing and waterskiing; 50 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Cania Dam 28 km

Located close to Monto, Cania Dam holds yellowbelly, silver perch and Australian bass to 3 kg. Cania’s big drawcard though is the saratoga. Initially stocked with only 200 individuals, the saratoga have bred to a... Find out more

Wuruma Dam 38 km

Situated 35 km north of Eidsvold, this 18 sq km little-known water contains Australian bass, barramundi, saratoga, silver perch, yellowbelly and sleepy cod. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required. There is a large... Find out more

Lake Monduran 72 km

Lake Monduran is near Gin Gin, a four-hour drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. Although it appears narrow, it has a surface area of 53 sq km and a holding capacity of 585 900 ML of water, which is about 1.6... Find out more

Lake Callide 74 km

Built on upper Callide Creek, a Dawson River tributary 20 km east of Biloela (pronounced bilo-wela), this lake supplies cooling waters for the nearby coal-burning power station that’s part of the Boyne Island... Find out more

Lake Awoonga 87 km

The jewel in the crown of the Bass to Barra Trail, Lake Awoonga is Queensland’s premier barramundi impoundment. Clean waters, the result of a largely undisturbed watershed, contain barramundi, mangrove jack,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cania Gorge Tourist Retreat 21 km

In a sandstone gorge at the entrance to the Cania Gorge National Park, this excellent eco-friendly tourist park packed with top-notch facilities has 40 powered sites, 20 unpowered sites and a modern amenities... Find out more

BIG4 Cania Gorge 28 km

The friendly and welcoming folks at this tourist park offer a high standard of accommodation and facilities for the whole family. Campers have the option of powered and unpowered sites, or you can upgrade to a cabin or... Find out more

Kalpowar camping area 37 km

This campground beside Crane Creek has plenty of grassy sites for camping beside your car, and also accommodates those with caravans and trailers. To get here from Monto, travel 37 km north-east on the... Find out more

Wuruma Dam camping area 40 km

Well stocked with perch, bass and saratoga, Wuruma Dam is an angler’s paradise. The dam is also popular for a range of watersports: canoeing, sailing, swimming and waterskiing. The area is 48 km north-west of... Find out more

Bush camping areas 55 km

Bush camping is permitted anywhere throughout the bunya pines of Bulburin, but the most popular site is a former forestry barracks on Granite Creek Forest Rd. There are no facilities here besides a picnic platform, so... Find out more

Tolderodden Conservation Park camping area (bush camping) 56 km

This grassy site beside the river has good accessibility for all types of vehicles. Tank water is available but should be boiled or treated before drinking. Bring your own firewood, as collecting wood in the park is not... Find out more

The Wall camping area (bush camping) 58 km

This grassy clearing on the south bank of Annie Creek can be reached on the 4WD loop road near the bomber crash site. There is a maximum of 20 campers allowed, but there are no defined sites and no facilities. Bring... Find out more

The Barracks camping area (bush camping) 58 km

A clearing suitable for bush camping is located opposite the old forestry barracks (now a ranger station), 4 km south of the Tableland Rd entrance. It can be reached with 2WD only in dry weather. There is a maximum of 10... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 74 km

A fantastic spot for big barramundi fishing, Lake Monduran is 20 km north-west of Gin Gin and 4.5 km east of the Bruce Hwy. The campground, on Claude Wharton Dr, has free wireless internet, laundry facilities, a kiosk,... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 90 km

Catching huge barramundi is easy at Lake Awoonga – or so the locals say. If you fancy yourself as an angler, this caravan park provides a comfortable base. Set on the lake’s edge, there are plenty of bonus... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 74 km

Lake Monduran is a stocked impoundment, very popular with anglers; a fishing permit, available at the kiosk, is required. The park has good facilities and is a great place for an overnight stay, easily accessible from... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 90 km

A picturesque park overlooking Lake Awoonga, this spot is 9 km from the Bruce Highway along a sealed road. The dam is stocked with barramundi, making it a popular fishing destination. There is a well-stocked shop with a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cania Gorge Caravan and Tourist Park

Accommodation here ranges from campsites without power to self-contained cabins, one- and two-bedroom villas, and a bunkhouse. Several camp kitchens are located throughout the park’s 9 hectares of shady lawns and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Granite Creek rest area 62 km

63km N of Gin Gin (R) or 36km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway among some large trees.

Bororen park area 79 km

At Bororen

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Gin Gin rest area 84 km

2km N of Gin Gin (R) or 97km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Boyne River rest area 97 km

31km N of Bororen (L) or 1km S of Benaraby (R)

Just off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

What's on around town

Country Craft Market: Mulgildie Hall; 1st Sun every month.

Campdraft: Mar.

Fishing Classic: Mar.

Horseracing: Mar.

Monto Show: Apr.

Monto Festival: June.

Annual Cattle Drive and Trail Ride: Aug.

Monto Garden Expo: Oct.

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