For a touch of gold fever, turn off Leichhardt Highway at Dululu and head to Mount Morgan. Once home to the richest gold mine in the Southern Hemisphere, and for a short time, the world, the township of Mount Morgan offers its visitors amazing scenery, fascinating history, and one of the best bakeries in Australia!
Dululu to Mount Morgan
Dululu to Mount Morgan 33 KM | 28 MIN
Turn off the Leichhardt Highway at Dululu and follow the signs to Mount Morgan. Once home to the richest gold mine in the Southern Hemisphere, and for a short time, the world, the township of Mount Morgan offers its visitors amazing scenery, fascinating history, and one of the best bakeries in Australia!
Enjoy a relaxing day in Mount Morgan and experience the rich history the area has to offer. Stay overnight and enjoy a good old-fashioned pub dinner and a long chat with the locals. The day will give you an experience to talk about for many years to come.
If your holiday takes place around April or May a visit to the Golden Mount Festival is a must. The festival runs from Friday through to Monday and includes the famous “Running the Cutter” races. This was an old mining custom practiced by miners between 1900 and 1918 and involved running a billy-can full of beer to various locations.
Mount Morgan to Mount Morgan Railway Museum 10KM | Overnight
The Mount Morgan Railway Museum is a ‘must do’ on the Mount Morgan Golden List of things to do and see. Step back in time and experience how life and travel used to be. Through audio-visual displays and 3D presentation, experience travel of the past and feel what it was like aboard the old ‘rack’ system, hauling trains up the steep inclines of the Razorback in the 1800s. Witness unique, distinctive Australian sights such as panoramic views from the heritage mine and town, dinosaur footprints, fossil displays, historical gold mining equipment, Heritage Gold mine buildings, The Big Stack (Australia’s tallest free standing chimney), the open cut pit and much more, tours can be arranged through TMC Mount Morgan Guided tour, which depart at 10.20am and 1pm daily from the Information Centre.
Dabble in the many stores on the main street and soon you should have worked up an appetite. Pop into the renowned Mt Morgan Bakery and grab one of their mouth-watering pies. There are also many CBD cafes and historic hotels that offer a range of mouth-watering delights.
Mount Morgan No 7 Dam
Mount Morgan Railway Museum to No 7 Dam
The Number 7 Dam (otherwise known as The Big Dam) provides a perfect spot to sit and relax and take in the picturesque views, or you could try your hand at fishing for there is an abundance of Barramundi, Sleepy Cod, Yellow Belly and Red Claw. The dam is also a great place to get your toes wet by going for swim or taking out the kayak/boat. The dam has a playground area, undercover shelters and BBQ facilities.
Drive the short distance to the Arthur Timms lookout, named after the former Chairman of the Mount Morgan Council or check into one of The Golden Mount’s peaceful accommodation venues for a little relaxation prior to heading out for a fantastic dinner. Travel the short distance from Mount Morgan to Mount Hay to fossick for Thundereggs. Mt Hay Aradon, an extinct ancient volcano that was last active over 120 million years ago. Spend the afternoon fossicking and digging for your very own thunder egg and gemstone; view the gemstone cutting and polishing operations and tour the pewter crafting workshop to watch local craftsmen process raw material to finished artifacts.
Mount Morgan to Rockhampton
Mount Morgan to Rockhampton 40KM | 38 min
A short trip takes you into Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia. Call into the Visitor Information Centre at 176 Gladstone Road as you enter the city from the south. The friendly volunteer team are only too willing to help you plan and book your stay. They know the best places to visit and can tell you exactly where to find that special restaurant.
Take a look at the “Explore The Beef Capital” Itinerary for suggestions on how to spend a leisurely day touring the remarkable attractions on offer in and around Rockhampton.