MIGHTY MOVER: Tractor Trek organiser Greg Williams taking a break outside the Mungungo Pub.
MIGHTY MOVER: Tractor Trek organiser Greg Williams taking a break outside the Mungungo Pub. Jack Lawrie

Trekking through Burnett

A HIGHLIGHT of the Monto Dairy Festival Parade was the Tractor Trek.

Starting out at the Monto Showgrounds on Tuesday, September 20, the enterprising team of trekkers drove seven of their finest on a 450km round trip through the Burnett region.

They drove up through Mount Perry, on towards Gin Gin and Many Peaks, before heading back via Mungungo the day before the festival.

Organiser Greg Williams said they were lucky enough to avoid the week's bad weather for most of it.

"We had a few get lost along the way, but we all got here in the end," Mr Williams said.

The biggest challenge was simply navigating the messier roads up through Mt Perry and Gin Gin.

Some of the Tractor Trekkers had come up from as far as Toowoomba and Beaudesert for the event, hitching their tractors up to Monto via their trucks.

One trekker however, decided to drive his tractor up himself.

Bill Scott took the trip up from Caboolture through Kilcoy and along the A3, hitching a bed trailer behind him as he went.

It took two days to reach Monto, averaging 12 hours all up to make the drive.

"I felt every bump in the road on the way up" Mr Scott said. "One thing I'm looking forward to after all this is a nice, hot shower!"

It wasn't until the last day driving back through Mungungo that Mr Scott's tractor started to show any signs of wear from the journey.

"She's a 1960s model, she's allowed to get cranky once in a while," Mr Scott said.

After finishing up at the Parade, the tractors were parked at the Monto Showgrounds on display for the festival. The trekkers are set to make their return journeys in the coming week.


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