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Terrestrial Georgetown Centre

Georgetown, Etheridge Area

At the Terrestrial Centre in Georgetown you will find located the multi award winning, Terrestrial - the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection. This collection, which is all the work of one man, Ted Elliott, contains over 4,500 mineral specimens in a myriad of fascinating colours and shapes from the region and throughout the world. This unique display is set out in nine themed rooms each with its own audiovisual component. A must see for any traveller this collection will amaze you with its beauty and sheer size.

Whilst at the Terrestrial Centre you will be able to get up to date Tourist Information at the fully accredited Visitor Information Centre. Make tour booking for the Undara Lava Tubes and Cobbold Gorge as well as other significant tourist attractions in the region, browse artwork of the region only on display at the centre, use the Internet cafe and generally relax in the cool building. Take time to browse and shop in our gift shop.

A visit to the web site for the Gulf Savannah Region will help you plan your trip to the region to maximise your enjoyment of the many unique world class attractions available.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $8.00 1 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 All Entry into The Ted Elliott Mineral is AUD8. Children under 16 are free.

Open Times

Note: Open 0830 to 1630 Monday to Friday October to March. Open 0800 to 1700 seven days April to September. Open out of hours for groups of 10 or more by prior arrangement.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Tour Desk

Other Information

Accessibility:

Facilities are available including ramp access, parking, toilet facilities and Internet access for guests with a disability.

Children:

Children are welcome and child rates are available. Children under 16 years of age are free.
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Georgetown, Etheridge Area
Queensland
Australia

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Forsayth

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
Sometimes history is more bizarre than fiction. Forsayth was once paved in gold - in a manner of speaking. Part of the Etheridge Goldfield, this area was known as 'Poor Man's Goldfield' as a prospector did not need expensive equipment to search for gold. Nugget gold was literally found on the ground. Many of the towns within this goldfield rose and fell quickly, strikes were short-lived with always the promise of another fortune. Temporary corrugated iron buildings were pulled down and transported by wagon to the new instant town. The once-private rail link from Chillagoe to Forsayth assured the town's permanency. The historic link is now part of the Savannahlander rail journey. Forsayth offers a hotel with accommodation, caravan park with cabins, post office, police station, hospital and fuel stop. You can depart the Savannah Way alternate route to Cobbold Gorge and Agate Creek Mineral Reserve.

Georgetown

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
Situated west of the Newcastle Range, Georgetown is the centre of the Etheridge gold field and of amateur gold prospecting. The surrounding area is covered with rolling hills and wooded savannah grasslands. Georgetown is an intersection point for all roads approaching the Gulf Savannah region from the east with the exception of the Chillagoe to Normanton/Karumba route. The township is well serviced and is a major point for touring circuits to the south and east which direct visitors through spectacular scenic and historic points of interest. The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year round. There is an all weather road from Cairns which is not affected by rain during the monsoon season, however, if travelling by road from the south or west during the wet season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure. Georgetown is about 380 kilometres west of Cairns.

Kynuna

Kynuna, McKinlay Area
Kynuna was established in the 1860s and in its early days boasted three hotels. It was a staging post for Cobb and Co Coaches. Today Kynuna has just one hotel, the famous Blue Heeler Hotel. Kynuna is most famous for its links with Banjo Paterson and the 'Waltzing Matilda' poem. Folklore has it that Bob MacPherson (owner of Dagworth Station) told Banjo the story of the suicide of Samuel Hoffmeister beside the Combo Waterhole, 13 kilometres upstream of the Diamantina River, in September 1894. Hoffmeister had reportedly been one of the striking shearers involved in the burning down of the Dagworth Woolshed. This story, together with other stories which Paterson had heard, inspired him to write 'Waltzing Matilda', at Dagworth. Christina MacPherson, Paterson's then fiancee, adapted a popular Scottish tune 'Craiglea' to become the original music for 'Waltzing Matilda'. Combo Waterhole, situated a few kilometres south of Kynuna, is reportedly the site of the famous billabong in Australia's national folk song. A 2.5 kilometre round trip takes you on a walk along cobbled paths to this waterhole, situated on the Diamantina River. Here you can enjoy a bush picnic or walk through the dry channels of the Diamantina to the famous waterhole, crossing historic stone-pitched overshots built by Chinese labourers more than a century ago.

Croydon

Croydon, Croydon Area
Croydon, situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country (Savannah Way), is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, an audio visual in its theatre and an internet service. The centre can direct you to the outdoor heritage displays, a mining machinery collection and grand old heritage buildings. Grab your self-guided brochure and enjoy the Croydon story. Croydon's Heritage Precinct with police station, jail, Sergeant's residence, town hall and courthouse, the oldest building in Croydon (circa 1887) are open and free for visitors to wander through. The Mining Museum has an operable 'stamper' on the original Iguana Consul Mine. Croydon had a large population of Chinese settlers. Archaeologists rediscovered the Croydon Chinese Temple site. The Gulflander train travels from Normanton to Croydon weekly, providing an historic journey. Lake Belmore, situated only four kilometres from Croydon, offers Barramundi fishing all year! It is the ideal spot for recreational activities. The town has a range of services including accommodation, caravan park, cafe/supermarket, roadhouse/post office and the longest continuous running general store in Queensland (1894).
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