|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.