Goldfields were one of the richest in Cape York.
quite as rich as Palmer
Goldfields, Hodgkinson fields were also big and are very
interesting to discover.
They are best reached from Dimbulah
the south, although there is another, smaller and slower road from a
junction north of Mt Carbine
on the Peninsula Developmental Road.
The road from Dimbulah is easy and at least in the dry season done in
two wheel drive.
A short distance north
of Dimbulah you come to the road junction where
turning right takes you to Tyrconnell
left takes you to Mount
is a very nice looking place with restored old buildings and relics of
old mining equipment. It was one of
the richest gold mines in the famous Hodgkinson Goldfields.
remaining cemeteries) were towns were miners lived, Tyrconnell
And it is not a heap of
ruins like most historical mining sites.
beautifully done up and restored so you
can see the buildings and equipment the way they actually were.
They charge a
small fee for a tour and a look-aound but it has costed them heaps more
money to restore this place.
in cottages with
views over the valley, and
there is also a camping
Kingsborough used to
be the largest town in the Hodgkinson goldfields with about 1000
inhabitants. But since the gold ended, the
towns faded away, many buildings were
moved, and today, there is not a lot left except a private residence,
and an old cemetery.
Back at the road junction, turning left takes you past the old
Mulligan. Thornborough used to
be a town of 20 pubs and a population of 1500.
Today, the ruins of the
are about 1km after the Mount
Mulligan -Tyrconnell / Kingsborough road junction.The
is not hard to see on the right hand side of the road to Mount Mulligan.
Mount Mulligan is
our favourite of all
the old mines in the Cape York area.
Although it was the site of a
sad mining disaster,
it is a beautiful place
in front of a large
rock face, and all the ruins are signed, easy to find and very
interesting to discover.
It is in Cairns outback, just
south of the actual Cape York peninsula, more exactly it is part of the old Hodgkinson
Goldfields, reached via Dimbulah.
And it is an interesting one. It
was a coal, not a gold mine; and it is mostly
known as the site of Australia's worst mining disaster.
If you have been to museums in Mareeba
and elsewhere in the area, you have most likely already seen displays
on this place, and read the stories of the September
in 1921 when 75 miners were killed in an underground explosion in what
became to be called the
mining disaster. (If not, do it - they are interesting
you get here you are
prepared for the monument
information on the
accident - but what I wasn't prepared for was the beauty of the place,
and the excellent ruins.
It is not
a few relics
scattered in the bush like in many old mining
sites. It's a whole town,
the whole mine
- perfectly signed street by street and building by building.
of the buildings are of course no longer here, and the ones that are,
are in ruins.
the ruins are interesting to discover since you know
from the signs what building it was; and you get a pretty good
picture of the whole town the way it was.
top of that, the natural
beauty of the place is amazing.
rock face behind the town is
sometimes called "Queensland's Uluru" and it's not altogether that much
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