Shirley's Trip to Queensland 2016 travel blog

The Railway Hotel at Ravenswood

The open cut mine is flooded but there is still gold being...

Some of the old stuff at the remains of the Partridge Mill

This looks like a huge old mincer - obviously used somehow in...

More remains at Judge's Mill

The Imperial Hotel

The School of Arts building was the social centre of the town,...

The Ravenswood Post Office, Petrol Station & General Store

Burdekin Falls Dam. Lake Dalrymple is 3 times the size of Sydney...

The wavy part at the bottom of the spillway was the road...

I decided I’ve been absolutely too lazy this week, just enjoying the beautiful weather so today I went on an excursion to Ravenswood, another old gold-mining town about 80 km from Charters Towers.

Gold was discovered in Ravenswood in 1868, 3 years before the discovery in Charters Towers & apparently, during the 1870s, Ravenswood was the first major inland town in North Queensland.

However, the gold at Ravenswood was harder to extract from the surrounding ore & the town declined until 1900 when a new method using a weak solution of cyanide finally unlocked the rich gold deposits & the town reached its peak population of 4,500 in 1903.

I had a lovely time driving around the back roads, finding all kinds of remnants of past crushing mills & mining equipment which is scattered all over the area. There are several beautiful buildings still here, including 2 of the over 30 pubs originally built in Ravenswood.

I then drove a further 80 km to the Burdekin Falls Dam. I wasn’t sure whether it was worth the long drive but when I got there I found it was very interesting. Water has stopped flowing over the spillway quite recently which was a bit of a disappointment but it meant I could drive across the bottom of the spillway which was an unusual experience.

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