Tractors in gear for an epic four-day adventure
THE Monto Dairy Festival is just around the corner and with it comes another of the district’s iconic agricultural events.
Every two years, the Monto Tractor Trek runs in conjunction with the dairy celebration.
The brainchild of Bukali grazier and tractor collector Greg Williams, the trek has gained a cult following among the state’s machinery enthusiasts.
The event has grown, largely through word of mouth, and this year’s third instalment has attracted a record 19 entrants.
One keen participant, Bill Scott, will travel all the way from Caboolture in his beloved Chamberlain 9G to join the trek.
The four-day adventure takes participants on a 440km odyssey through the picturesque North Burnett back country and hinterland.
The convoy will depart from Mungungo on Tuesday, September 25, and take the roads less travelled to Monto, via Cania, Thangool, Cracow, Wuruma Dam and Mulgildie.
The tractors and their drivers will camp under the stars each night and return just in time to join the Dairy Festival’s showpiece procession on Saturday.
Mr Williams was inspired to launch the Monto edition of the tractor trek after taking part in Biloela’s national trek in 2012.
With the help of his wife, Lumi, L i and d sons, B Ben and d Angus, Mr Williams has organised a truly unique social gathering of like-minded individuals, while helping raise money for the Mungungo School of Arts.
He said it was pleasing to contribute t ib t tot the th Monto M t Dairy Festival, an important event in his childhood.
“I’m sure anyone with a farm does a bit of work on their machine,” Mr Williams said.
“We travel roads I didn’t even know existed until I started t td marking ki g out t a course.
“The first year it took us 119km to get from Monto to Mulgildie.
“It’s amazing the things you see going at that speed that you would miss in a car.”
READY TO ROLL: Tractors motor through Monto during the last Tractor Trek.