Defence Road Cracow Loop

147 KM

Theodore | Thedore

Leichhardt Highway

The past lives large on this trail with wonderful markers and reminders along the way that capture the region’s history from the earliest years of settlement through to today. Both surprising and fun, you’ll travel near Banana Shire’s largest cattle station, see one of Queensland’s oldest race courses, visit ghost towns and cross bridges steeped in war history.



Begin your journey at the Theodore Post Office. Along Defence Road,  you will see four historic stone bridges. These bridges were built by hand in the 1940s by Prisoners of War in mobile internment camps.  2 km’s further  are the Camboon Campdraft Grounds and The old Camboon School of Arts Hall and bar, both of which are worth a look. Note: you will cross a grid and go through gates – please close the gates behind you

Your next stop will be the legendary Cracow Pub,owned by Fred Brophy; it is a hoot to visit and offers the chance to stop for a drink, have a chat with the locals and enjoy a pub meal. The pub has a resident ghost that haunts the hallways and on occasions has been spotted among the memorabilia that lines the pub walls. You can also walk the main street and delight at the abandoned buildings from yesteryear. Just up the hill past the pub is the Gold Mining Museum where you’ll learn about the rich mining history of the town. Continue on to the the junction of Delusion Creek and the Dawson River, mark it in your diary as a future camping and fishing spot. Note that the track to Cracow Beach from here is black soil composite. Good for 4WD, but no caravans/campers in wet weather.

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