Far North Queensland has an interesting and historical association with World War 11, and Rocky Creek War Memorial Camp acknowledges this massive local involvement.
Situated in Tolga, on the Atherton Tablelands east of Innisfail, the road here climbs steeply over the range, challenging my trusty campervan, Brutus, to slowly creep up the steepest sections in second gear … I think I can, I think I can …
I find myself leaning forward in the driver’s seat and urging him on.
It’s just over a month since I left Bundaberg on my trek north and if I’d gone in a straight line I would have travelled about 1400kms towards the pointy bit at the top of Australia. If you do the maths you’ll see I don’t rush anywhere 🤣
When you look where Tolga is positioned you can see its proximity to New Guinea and its strategic location in the Allied Forces defence efforts. In fact, Tolga and Rocky Creek was home to a 3000 bed hospital as well as the area being used for tropical jungle training.
My father served in the 2/2 Army Field Workshops during the war. I’m unsure if this is the same regiment as his.
It’s a huge camping area here and the night I stayed there would have been at least 100 RV’s of all shapes and sizes. The caretakers ask for a donation towards the upkeep of the park and provide toilets on site.
It’s fascinating to discover places like Rocky Creek and learn about areas and history of Australia that I knew nothing about. My journey is always interesting!