Alex Campbell Park sports a unique shade canopy over its picnic area with a mounted Canberra Bomber MK20 aircraft spreading its wings high above. The Alex Campbell Park was officially opened by Councillor Alick Williams, Chairman of the Rosalie Shire Council, on the 28th February 1987, and commemorates the use of land near this park as an airfield, part of the "Brisbane Line of Defence" during the Second World War. The airfield, known as "Heavy Bombardment Field No. 1", comprised some 862 acres and was established in 1943. Other features of the park include a toilet, a tennis court, picnic facilities, an electric barbecue and play equipment for young children.
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Jondaryan Nungil Road near intersection of Pechey Maclagan Road, Jondaryan, Queensland 4403 Australia
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We were driving from Toowoomba up to the Bunya Mountains. We turned off the Warrego Highway at Jondaryan and headed north on a country blacktop road. The agricultural land around us looked like a desert because of the drought. Suddenly my daughter announced that she needed to use a toilet (urgently, of course). I thought, “Where are we going to find a toilet out here in the middle of nowhere?” About that time, we drove past a B-24 bomber plane sitting up on posts next to a horse paddock. I was so surprised that I went more than a kilometer before turning the car around. We went back and found a great little park with good toilets, a playground, and an electric bbq. The wings of the plane made a shady shelter for two picnic tables. There was a leaky water tap that was a bird magnet in that drought. We added double-barred finch to our birding life list when they came to drink. A sign explained the presence of the plane. The park is near the Brymaroo Airstrip, which was part of the Brisbane Air Defence in WWII. It sure was a good location for us. At the end of the week we came down from the Bunya Mountains and passed that way again. We grilled some sausages on the bbq and ate them in the shade of the plane. It was a beautiful place for a picnic, but the wind and the flies were a problem. I would rate this park higher if not for the flies.
Written 13 January 2020
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