Monto Magic and Tourism Action Group is an active band of members working hard to ensure that locals and visitors alike enjoy spending their time in our community. We are actively working on a number of initiatives and ideas to enhance Monto and its surrounds.As
Monto is a quaint rural town located in the North Burnett approximately 2.5 hours by road from Bundaberg, in an area where the agricultural industries of cattle grazing, dairying, pig production and cropping play a vital role.
The Monto community has also been busy cultivating a prosperous tourism industry which attracts families, grey nomads and also those who are looking to escape the coastal rat race to our area.
Monto is surrounded by smaller the communities of Abercorn, Bancroft, Kalpowar, Mulgildie and Mungungo all of which have their own unique history. This area of the North Burnett has a lot to offer both visitors and those looking to relocate.
We boast an amazing number of sights and activities to visit and enjoy. We would love to meet you and your family when you visit our area.
The township of Monto was established in 1924 and was the first town in Queensland built utilising a town plan. You can take an enjoyable walk along the Lister Street Art Walk. The artworks that are exhibited in this precinct were created by local artists. Caravan parking is available adjacent to the art walk and picnic tables with shelters are also located here. This area is an easy walk to the business area of town.
Three Moon Country
The Three Moon Country logo of our group comes from the Three Moons legend of which there are several versions. The version depicted on the water tanks at the town entrance tells the story of the drover who went to fill his billy can at the creek and the moon overhead was reflected in the creek and also his bucket. Thus the three moons.
Another story is that the early graziers relied on help from the local Aboriginal community to assist them on their properties. As they had no conception of time they were told to come back in “3 Moons”.
Monto Magic and Tourism Action Group
MMTAG is in the process of documenting the history of Monto starting from the early days of settlement and finding gold at Cania, Monal and Many Peaks. The township of Monto was the first town in Queensland to be built to a town plan. This was in 1924. Because we have some lovely Art Deco and historical buildings, MMTAG is creating a history walk of Newton Street for tourists to visit at their leisure.
- If anyone is interested in helping us with this project please contact us here.
Several books have been written by local families and also by Mrs. Beryl Bleys who has also collected stories on video. Mr. Harold “Spook” Ware has amassed an amazing collection of photographs and Mrs. Thelma Ruthenberg can name just about every plant and bird in the region.
Monto is most fortunate to have these local historians who have spent many years gathering information for the community. Monto Library has a large collection of books for anyone researching or just interested in the history of the region. Monto is also noted for its bird population.
With the help of Mrs. Beryl Bleys, MMTAG has created an historical drive booklet to Cania and also is in the process of one for the Monal Goldfields. Other books to places of interest are planned.
Further information about community and sporting groups can be obtained from the North Burnett Regional Council website.
Travellers in self contained RV vans are welcome to stay at our RV friendly Stopover situated in the old Railway complex at the bottom of the main street behind the Visitor Information Centre.
If you would like to carry a selection of brochures for the region please contact us or the admin office of Council in Monto 4166 9999.
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Monto Magic Tourism Action Group