Banana Loop

75 KM

Banana | Banana

Leichhardt Highway

This short drive will take you deep into an epic story of Australia’s coal mining industry. As you drive through the Dawson Valley you will see how coal continues to shape the life of the region and Australia’s coal export industry.

Australia's Mining Heritage

Banana to Moura

This short drive will take you deep into an epic story of Australia’s coal mining industry. As you drive through the Dawson Valley you will see how coal continues to shape the life of the region and Australia’s coal export industry.

Start in Banana at ‘Banana’ the bullock statue after which the town was named. From the statue, follow the highway towards Moura and travel 13.6km past the turnoff to Theodore. Keep on travelling down the road and you’ll see Queensland Ammonium Nitrate Plant which supplies ammonium nitrate prill for blasting to the mines in the Bowen Basin.

Be sure to stop into the Moura Visitor Information Centre and Shire Office to see all the region has to offer.

A further 7.5 km down the Dawson Highway is Apex River Park, on the Dawson River. The park is a hub for the community and a focal point for annual events such as the Coal and Country Festival, Muddy Water Family Fishing Classic and Dawson River Festival. For those who are after free camping facilities, the park has plenty of sites, a boat ramp and amenities.

 


A bird's eye view

Moura to Banana

Turn back towards Moura and head along the highway 2.3 km and turn right onto Saxelby’s Road. Continue along River Road where you pass the Moura Aerodrome before turning onto Gibihi Road.  Head east until you reach the Dawson Mine Viewing Platform.

From the platform you get a bird’s eye view over the mine’s open-cut operations. The conveyor system used at the mine is about 43 km long and carries coal from Dawson South near Theodore to the Moura Wash Plant, where it is prepared for export and then on to the loading site to be railed to Gladstone.

Continue along Gibihi Road a further 7.5 km to the Leichhardt Highway and turn left towards Banana. Mount Wiseman is located on your left about 10 km from the turnoff; named after William Wiseman, an early Land Commissioner who is credited with naming Rockhampton in 1858.

Download a PDF of this itinerary from the Sandstone Wonders website (click here).