Muntapa Tunnel
Muntapa Tunnel
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Visit this heritage listed and secluded tunnel near Cooyar to learn about the region’s rail history. The tunnel was hand dug in 1913 and at 287m in length, it is Queensland’s longest straight railway tunnel. Located 640m above sea level, it's the only tunnel that crossed between the inland and coastal sides of the Great Dividing Range, and the only one that crossed the Range summit. While you’re there take a peek at the colony of bent winged bats that lives inside. A great place for a picnic, there are tables and BBQs near the entrance. How to get there: The tunnel is located about 40km north of Oakey or 16Km south-west of Cooyar. The access road (Narko Nutgrove Rd) is unsealed.
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KayJay
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May 2021 • Couples
An easy drive 10 min drive south of Cooyar. Two entries to the see the tunnel which is the home of bats while you explore the railway history of the tunnel . Picnic tables and toilets available.
Written 2 May 2021
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Steven R
Kingaroy, Australia1,764 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Took a turn off the highway and decided to visit the tunnel. Great picnic area with tables and toilets. The tunnel history was interesting and the walk easy. The tunnel is fenced off, half way through, to protect the bats. Good side trip but a once off visit.
Written 11 April 2021
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Lisa Kelly
Sydney, Australia193 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Have wanted to visit this place for a while now, to see if I could see the bats that live in the old rail tunnel.
There is a great park with a toilet and places to sit and also a bbq.
The tunnel was fascinating as there two ways where you could walk into it. One was a walk along a dirt track and the other was down some stairs.
We did both.
Very dry at the moment with little rain but still worth the visit . And we did see the bats even though you can’t get close to them
Written 14 January 2020
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SouthSeasAmerican
Luganville, Vanuatu340 contributions
Dec 2019
The railroad history in this place was very interesting to me, but my family was not so impressed by that. The real reason we came was that my daughter loves caves and tunnels. She was not disappointed. We all enjoyed seeing the bent-wing bats, even though the bars kept us at a distance. I also think it is pretty cool that when you walk the short distance from one end of the tunnel to the other, you can say that you have walked across the Great Dividing Range. The real highlight for us was on the 3 km of gravel road heading up to the park. That is where we saw our first echidna ever. It was not actually in the park, but I noticed lots of holes where something had been digging in the park. I suspect echidnas are active there. We saw two echidnas on the way back. One of them was near the park and the other was probably the same one we saw coming in. We have been wanting to see an echidna for quite some time, and this is where it finally happened. It was worth going to Muntapa to see the bats, but echidnas really made our day.
Written 12 January 2020
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LynieMac
Chorley, UK32 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
On a day trip out of Toowoomba we found the tunnels with some interesting steam train history. There are bbqs, picnic tables and toilets pack a lunch!
Written 6 October 2019
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Michael W
Toowoomba133 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Amazing ex train tunnel which had been more or less forgotten about until the early 2000’s when some forward thinking souls set out to research the history and bring it back to life beautifully. I used to go here in the 1980’s ... and was only able to find it then after hearing about it from a local ... and then having a few attempts hit or miss style to actually find it. Nothing whatsoever was marked back then. And of course back then one could walk completely through.

The tunnel was apparently mostly hand hewn through the range, and is still in pristine condition notwithstanding that it’s well over a century old. It seems to have been home to a colony of bent wing bats for decades, and I remember the delightful sensation as these used to flit past, usually brushing against us all those years ago. For now the tunnel is sealed with locked gates, although one can walk in 30 metres or so at the southern end. Take a torch especially if you visit in snake season! You can still see the bats milling about in the distance, and hear them as they flap about. Smell too!!

So, easiest access is via Oakey Cooyar road (bitumen). You’ll be turning west at a marked signpost 20 km give or take short of Cooyar, and winding a couple of kilometres over a reasonable dirt road before striking the well marked park on your left. A couple of covered tables and a BBQ, bin and a good drop toilet, parking off road. Information plaque, and some info scattered about the scant ruins remaining from the railway camp days. Good on them for identifying these and creating such a pleasant area.

The track to the southern end of the tunnel would be JUST (sturdy) wheelchair accessible, although one has to go through an easy gate or two. This is the end where you can go in a good way. The northern access winds its way through the camp remains, and has quite a few terrific metal steps to access the tunnel opening. A fine little lookout easily accessible over the southern entry.

All in all a great half day trip, with a meandering drive through several little bush localities as we headed south on the return trip .... too complicated to use as your entry way to the park, but fine for the return if you have a navigator.

Very peaceful spot and a great area to marvel at the engineering prowess of those gone before... as usual take your rubbish with you, and have plenty of water and perhaps a first aid kit with you.
Written 21 April 2019
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Richard R
Brisbane, Australia38 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is Australia's longest single drive rail tunnel and the only one that crosses a major watershed, in this case the Great Dividing Range. Built just before WW1 and abandoned in the 1960s the tunnel is well preserved and the associated park and information trail extremely well set up and maintained. A really interesting place and well worth the visit
Written 31 March 2019
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Annette G
Toowoomba, Australia55 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Headed out to see the Train Tunnel over the Easter break with all the family. The first walk was towards the left had stairs involved, but only quick to get to the tunnel. We could see bats flying inside. The walk to the right was easy and we were able to get further in, you can do a loop back along the road where you can see a lookout hidden on the right that looks back in to the tunnel. Afterwards we sat at the picnic tables for a coffee and some lunch before moving off to another destination. If you have trouble with stairs, do the easy walk. We had family members with walking sticks that were able to do it. There is also a drop toilet near the picnic tables if needed.
Written 3 April 2018
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