Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
The Ballara Heritage Trail is a 4WD historical adventure 60 kilometres east of Mt Isa and 60 kilometres west of Cloncurry. The track will lead you to the three major historic mining towns in the area - Bulonga, Ballara and Hightville. All three sprang to life in the early 1900s and then disappeared just as quickly soon after WW1. Copper was the mainstay of their existence, just as the great mines of this region are today. The tracks will take you into the heart of the Argylla Ranges, past spectacular formations formed millennia ago, and perhaps reveal wildlife endemic to this area only.
Following on from the track to Ballara, this track also takes you to the impressive rockhole and falls known as Fountain Springs; beautiful and picturesque spot to stop for a cup of tea and a swim in the warmer months.
The track can be difficult in places, particularly after rains. Be sure to heed the warnings provided, respect the sanctity of the sites and remember you are on private property. A detailed map and brochure can be obtained from the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre. Explore and enjoy.