Beautiful Betsy Walk
  • Length: 6km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Unnamed Road, Tablelands

  • End: Unnamed Road, Tablelands

  • Location: Kroombit Tops National Park

  • Closest Town: Calliope

  • Distance from CBD: 577 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -24.3774809

  • Longitude: 150.9497944

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Beautiful Betsy Walk is a 6km, grade 2 Return hike located in Kroombit Tops National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Summary

A plane crash which lay hidden in the Australian bush wasn’t discovered for nearly 50 years is the short backstory to the Beautiful Betsy walk in Kroombit Tops National Park.

It sounds like something out of a film but it’s true – Beautiful Betsy is the remains of a World War II Liberator Bomber aircraft which lay hidden and lost in the Kroombit Tops underbrush until a ranger saw a glint of silver after a backburn and discovered it in 1994.

This walk enables you to learn about the bomber, its occupants who lost their lives and it’s tragic end and view the wreckage which has been a permanent fixture in the landscape since its’ tragic collision in 1945.

Most of this park is unsealed road suitable only for four-wheel drives so make sure you check out the National Park map before setting off.

About the region

Kroombit Tops is a national park in Central Queensland, Australia. Located between Monto and Calliope in The Boyne Valley, it is 399 km northwest of Brisbane. Cania Gorge National Park is located approximately 25 km to the south.

In February 1945, an American Liberator Bomber, “Beautiful Betsy”, crashed into what is now Kroombit Tops National Park. The wreckage was discovered on 2 August 1994.

Recreational activities conducted in the park include birdwatching, off road driving and bushwalking. Camping is permitted.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com

 




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