The Mining Trail of Mackay-Isaac region in Queensland spans some 300 kilometres between Clermont and Mackay/Hay Point on the coast. It follows the passage of coal from our mines in the Bowen Basin, to the place of export to our overseas customers. A tourist route less travelled, the route will introduce you to wide, beautiful landscapes, historic towns, vibrant mining communities, impressive man-made works, and the friendly folk of our prosperous hinterland. They urge you take a few days to discover and enjoy this very special part of Australia.
|Duration||2 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||418 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
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The official starting point of The Mining Trail, Theresa Creek Dam, situated 20 kilometres south-west of Clermont, is an idyllic camping and fishing ground for travellers of all ages. Camping is very affordable and ground facilities include toilets, hot showers, barbecues, picnic tables and swimming areas. Fish from the shores or launch your own tinnie to catch some golden perch, jewfish, barramundi, silver perch and/or red-claw. The fish at Theresa Creek Dam you will need a Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP). The one permit covers all 33 dams in Queensland. Please contact the Clermont VIC for more information.
South of Clermont, 7 kilmetres along the Rubyvale Road is Copperfield, where a 10 metre wall of solid copper ore was discovered in 1862. It was the start of Queensland's first copper mine. All that remains on the once thriving community is a single smelter chimney stack and the general store, now the local museum which bares the same merchandise on its shelves as the day the store closed. Clermont was first settled after the discovery of gold in 1861. Three large gold rushes followed and you can try your luck too with quantities of this precious metal waiting to be discovered by treasure seekers! Contact Clermont Detectors for gold fossicking licence and kit. Other attractions include Hood's Lagoon, Clermont Museum and Pioneer Park.
Central Queensland is known for having the best coal in Australia. Formed in the Bowen Basin approximately 300 million years ago, it now accounts for 83 per cent of Queensland's coal production. Take a mine tour through Blair Athol Coal Mine on Tuesdays or Fridays. Meet at the Clermont Caravan or Clermont Tourist Information Centre at 8.45am. Tour returns approximately 1.00pm. Tour includes a tour of the city sights and Clermont Museum. Morning tea is served at Clermont Museum prior to doing mine tour. After the mine tour you will visit the Historic Copperfield Store. Bookings essential by calling Clermont Tourist Information Centre.
Travel along Peak Downs Highway for panoramic views of The Peak Range, a chain of picturesque mountains between Clermont and Moranbah. Sharp peaks are visible across the flat central highland plains.
Moranbah, established 35 years ago, was created for miners and their families. The large red dragline bucket at the town's entrance is a tribute to the coal mining industry's contribution to the area. Town facilities include an aquatic centre, large shopping centre, specialty stores and many accommodation and dining options. The Musical Railway and Musical Table and Chairs at the Town Square, are a public art project where visitors can play and make music.
The Peak Downs Coal Mine is situated 40 kilometres from Moranbah. It produces eight million tonnes of raw coal per year which is mined, crushed, washed and cleaned to produce five million tonnes of coking coal, exported to fifteen international destinations. It's truly and amazing spectacle, and The Peak Downs Mine Tour operates on the second Wednesday of every month. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Isaac Regional Council.
Famous for the Nebo Campdraft, Nebo offers a real outback experience and spectacular rural countryside rich with natural resources. Take some time for the Township Heritage Tour and a walk along the Nebo Creek Cultural Boardwalk.
Take an optional side detour to historic Mt Britton, which is famous for its rare geological formations and is the site of a pioneer gold mining town from the 1800s. Camp overnight or take a wilderness hike and try fossicking.
On your way to the coastal town of Sarina, via Eton, visit the General Gordon Hotel on Homebush Road. Established in 1886 and standing proudly amongst the cane fields, this hotel offers great meals and cold drinks. Continuing on to the township of Sarina, set in the serene foothills of Connors Range, the town offers a beautiful array of beaches with 90 kilometres of frontage to the Coral Sea.
The Mining Trail ends at Hay Point Lookout, north of the Sarina township. This is the best vantage point from which to view the operations of one of the largest coal export facilities in the world, at Hay Point and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals.
When you arrive at Hay Point and the end of the Mining Trail, Mackay is just a 25 minute drive north.
|Start from:||Clermont Rubyvale Road, Theresa Creek QLD 4721, Australia|
|End at:||491 Copperfield Rubyvale Road, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia|
|Start from:||491 Copperfield Rubyvale Road, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia|
|End at:||33 Tropic Street, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia|
|Start from:||33 Tropic Street, Clermont QLD 4721, Australia|
|End at:||83 Moranbah Access Road, Moranbah QLD 4744, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 17 mins|
|Start from:||83 Moranbah Access Road, Moranbah QLD 4744, Australia|
|End at:||Peak Downs Highway, Nebo QLD 4742, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 1 min|
|Start from:||Peak Downs Highway, Nebo QLD 4742, Australia|
|End at:||71-83 Bruce Highway, Sarina QLD 4737, Australia|
|Duration:||1 hour 14 mins|
|Start from:||71-83 Bruce Highway, Sarina QLD 4737, Australia|
|End at:||LOT 87 Hay Point Road, Hay Point QLD 4740, Australia|