Gold was originally discovered here in 1868 and the population grew to over 50,000; now it is just 255. Gold is still being mined here and while we were there we checked out the new primary school, where Merrisa’s sister works, built by the mining company as they are about to begin open cut mining at the old school’s location. No expense seems to be spared here as the new school is absolutely beautiful.
Lunch in the Imperial Hotel (best burger ever!) chatting with some of the locals and then a look around the town and surrounding district. There are lots of chimneys from old smelters
Just out of town is the White Blow which is a massive milky quartz outcrop. Quite amazing sitting out in the middle of nowhere (no gold there though).
On the way back to Charters Towers we stopped at the Macrossan Bridge, over the Burdekin River, to check out the flood marker pole. It is extremely hard to understand how much water has flowed through here in floods over the years. The 1946 flood was the highest at 21.79 metres.
We also came across a bit of Aussie humour where someone has built this massive steel boat but there’s no water. Check out the funny photo below.
- What did we think? – lovely town with heaps of history & we totally recommend a visit
- Was it value for money? – yes – just fuel & food
- Would we return? – maybe (a once of visit is probably enough)
- Overall Score – 9/19
- How do you book a tour? – try Raven Tours