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 day in 1921 when 75 miners were killed in an underground explosion in what became to be called the Mt Mulligan mining disaster. (If not, do it - they are interesting stories!).
So once you get here you are kind of prepared for the monument and more 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, AND the whole mine - perfectly signed street by street and building by building.
Smelter ruins. ©cape-york-australia.com
Ok, most of the buildings are of course no longer here, and the ones that are, are in ruins.
Power House. ©cape-york-australia.com
But 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 as it was.
Mount Mulligan Hotel site. ©cape-york-australia.com
On top of that, the natural beauty of the place is amazing.
The disaster monument and information. ©cape-york-australia.com
The rock face behind the town is sometimes called "Queensland's Uluru" and it's not altogether that much exaggerated.
Mount Mulligan. ©cape-york-australia.com
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