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Isla Gorge National Park

Taroom, Banana Area

Free Entry 

A panorama of sculpted sandstone cliffs, peaks and outcrops greets visitors to Isla Gorge National Park - the striking rock formations and maze of gorges changing colour with the movement of the sun.

Spring wildflowers, rare plants and rock-wallabies can be seen. Eucalypt forests hug the ridge-tops while dry rainforests cling to gullies and shaded slopes. Watch wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons riding breezes and honeyeaters feeding on wattles. Have fun finding familiar shapes in strange rock formations. Drive to Flagstaff Hill to see the remains of a hand-paved road built in 1864 .

Camp overnight or have a picnic overlooking the gorge. (Beware of loose cliff edges when walking around the camping and picnic areas or on the short track to a small natural lookout).

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome. Supervise children closely - stay well back from cliff edges as they may crumble unexpectedly.

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Fun Over 50 Travel and Tours

Multiple Locations
From AU$899.00 - 5200.00
Choose a fully escorted tour from a selection of Coastal and Outback experiences throughout Queensland. Fun Over 50 Queensland tours offer `Gold Class' coach tours and rail tours that have been specifically designed for the 50s plus market. Tours range from three days to 13 days and are fully inclusive of meals, accommodation and attractions. Fun Over 50 engage fully qualified guides at iconic attractions/locations that enhance your tourism experience. Join the friendly and professional on-board crew and learn about Queensland's hidden secrets through the commentary of your expert Coach Captain.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Multiple Locations
From AU$2325.00 - 3395.00
Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk. You can choose to go with a guide or try a fully supported "self-guided" walking holiday. You walk without a guide, following the comprehensive Walk Notes supplied and yes, they move your luggage. Auswalk take care of everything so that you are free from the grind of organisation, leaving you to devote all your time and energies to thoroughly enjoying every aspect of the walking holiday. There's something for all levels of fitness. You will return home relaxed and revitalised in body, mind and spirit. Of course your safety is of upmost importance. They have tours where you can choose your own the departure date, have own vehicle and guide and have a flexible itinerary. Where else can you stand on top of a mountain and look over hundreds of kilometres of wilderness on a walking holiday tour, or have a pristine beach to yourself? At Auswalk they know that the only way to truly experience a country is on foot.

Myella Farm Stay

Multiple Locations
From AU$70.00 - 1444.00
Come and live the real outback life. Myella is a working cattle farm situated 1.5 hours from Rockhampton. Start your outback adventure at Myella Farm Stay with horse riding, motorbike lessons, cow milking, whip cracking, lasso, feed cows, horses and chickens. See the wild kangaroos, go on a bush walk or just take in the breath taking country scenery. Enjoy breakfast by the open fire and make your own billy tea. Red dirt, red dust and red sunsets. Become one of the family and enjoy great country home cooked food. Rooms are clean and air-conditioned. The family sometimes care for orphaned Joeys. You can do as much or as little as you like. Join in the activities or go for a swim and relax in the hammocks. You will leave stiff, sore and dirty but happy! Transfers available or enquire for their self drive packages.

Isla Gorge National Park

Taroom, Banana Area
Free Entry
A panorama of sculpted sandstone cliffs, peaks and outcrops greets visitors to Isla Gorge National Park - the striking rock formations and maze of gorges changing colour with the movement of the sun. Spring wildflowers, rare plants and rock-wallabies can be seen. Eucalypt forests hug the ridge-tops while dry rainforests cling to gullies and shaded slopes. Watch wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons riding breezes and honeyeaters feeding on wattles. Have fun finding familiar shapes in strange rock formations. Drive to Flagstaff Hill to see the remains of a hand-paved road built in 1864 . Camp overnight or have a picnic overlooking the gorge. (Beware of loose cliff edges when walking around the camping and picnic areas or on the short track to a small natural lookout).
From AU$22.00 - 27.00
Discover Historic Mount Morgan and heritage gold mine, Central Queensland. Take a fascinating journey in time into Australia's rich gold mining heritage and historic past. Short two hour guided tours with set down points chosen for your best experience, presented by their professional guides, will leave you mystified to the importance this mine played in the development of a young nation. View the present and discover the past with TMC Tours guided bus tour of the town and heritage gold mine plus all the Queensland Government rehabilitation and acid mine drainage and Dee River management projects. Traverse through the old township, with stop-offs at the suspension bridge and town lookout. Continue along the banks of the Dee River, then onto the mine site and through the old mine buildings,workings and up to the Open Cut viewing area. See the towns historic sites, including swinging bridges, pubs,old churches and heritage listed buildings. View the the wonderful world of Michael Durrant's fossil displays in the old mine General Office, includes casts of the early Jurassic dinosaur footprints uncovered in the mine's fireclay caverns dug out by the early miners 100 years ago. An exciting journey not to be missed!

Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area
Free Entry
Rising 150 metres above cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking landmark near Biloela in the Banana Shire. Formed by volcanic activity 20 to 26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns. Known as the 'Musical Mountain', Mount Scoria is one of only three prehistoric rock formations in the world which were originally the core of a volcano. When the basalt columns are struck (carefully) by another rock, musical notes ring out over the plain. Hence the term, Musical Mountain. Take the short cultural track to view the mountain and learn about its significance to the Gangulu people. Have a picnic, go birdwatching or barbecue at the picnic area.

Mount Morgan Historical Museum

Baree, Rockhampton Area
The Mount Morgan Historical Museum houses a unique collection of early mining equipment from the famous Mount Morgan Gold Mine. There's also many household objects used during the town's heyday, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The Mount Morgan Gold Mine was one of the world's richest gold mines and made a significant contribution to both Queensland's and Australia's economy. The museum also contains over 600 historic photographs that depict the development of the mine and the town. The photographs illustrate not only the lives of the miners at work but also the social, religious, cultural and educational aspects of the community. There is much to see and experience in this fascinating museum.

Isla Gorge Lookout

Theodore, Banana Area
Free Entry
At the southern end of the Dawson Range, Isla Gorge National Park protects spectacular sandstone scenery. Here, among a complex maze of gorges, sandstone outcrops and striking rock formations change colour throughout the day. Isla Gorge Lookout is the ideal spot to watch the sunset over the orange-coloured cliffs of the gorge. From the picnic area, you follow a rough trail to the lookout over Isla Gorge and the valley below. The plateau has brilliant wildflower displays in spring. From the lookout you can see wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons soaring above the gorge or honeyeaters splurging on wattle, eucalypt, boronia and grevillea flowers from mid-winter to summer. Take your binoculars and look for whiptail wallabies and grey kangaroos in the valley below.

Cania Gorge National Park

Monto, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
Towering cliffs, ancient caves and sheltered gorges are highlights of this park, which preserves a valuable remnant of the Brigalow Belt, Aboriginal freehand art and varied habitats for wildlife. Brigalow forest, eucalypt woodland, cypress pine woodland, dry rainforest and grassland are found in this park, which is also home to more than 90 species of birds. Enjoy a picnic and find out about the park's wildlife, vegetation and history beside pretty Three Moon Creek. Bushwalkers can choose from eight walks of varying length and difficulty. Take an easy amble on the Picnic Area circuit along Three Moon Creek or take the longer Shamrock mine site walk to find out about the area's past. Tackle the more difficult Castle Mountain track and be rewarded by lovely views of the gorge. Watch for platypus in the creek and peregrine falcons soaring above cliffs.

Mount Morgan Railway Museum

Mount Morgan, Rockhampton Area
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The Mount Morgan Railway Museum is a 'must do' on the Mount Morgan Golden List of things to do and see. Step back in time and experience how life and travel used to be. Through audio-visual displays and 3D presentation, experience travel of the past and feel what it was like aboard the old 'rack' system, hauling trains up the steep inclines of the Razorback in the 1800s. Get a sense of the history of rail in Queensland and even see the railway equipment at the former station including a steam train and other rolling stock, goods shed and water tank for steam engines. All aboard! Ride on their Fettler's Trolley or see the 3D screening of the history of the Rack railway in one of the historic carriages. Please contact them for times and details. The Mount Morgan Rail Museum is a pleasant 38 kilometres from Rockhampton so come and experience the history!
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