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The Coronation Lamp Memorial

Mount Morgan, Rockhampton Area

Mount Morgan's Coronation Lamp has been the site of the old mining town's ANZAC Day celebrations since 1916.

The lamp commemorated the crowning of King Edward VII and honoured Mount Morgan troopers who fought under the Union Jack in the Boer War of southern Africa. Erected in June 1902 at the intersection of East and Morgan Streets, the lamp later became the assembly point for political and union rallies, and during WWI, recruitment campaigns. It also witnessed victory celebrations when the war ended.

The lamp is cast iron, standing 4.5 metres high. Originally a gas light, it was out of service after 1924 when gas lights were phased out, and remained unlit until its conversion to electric light in 1933. The lamp was relocated to ANZAC Park in 1947.

A further WWI memorial has been built in ANZAC Park- a tall white spire topped with a light. Two German trophy guns flank the memorial, surrounded by Gallipoli pines and gums.

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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.

Lake Callide

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Lake Callide is located 12 kilometres from Biloela via sealed road and approximately 90 kilometres south-west of Gladstone via the Dawson Highway. While compact, the lake provides visitors with rewarding fishing - especially for golden perch (yellowbelly) and has in recent times been well stocked with barramundi. Red-claw is abundant and it's well worth placing (tagged) traps for a catch of the tasty crayfish. A variety of other freshwater species are available to you and anglers report good success from bank fishing though the boat ramps make this an ideal spot for to launch a boat and follow the fish with a sounder. The lake also attracts a wide variety of birdlife and the local region includes some spectacular scenery at nearby Kroombit Tops National Park. It is a comfortable drive from the major cities of Gladstone, Rockhampton and popular costal areas.

150th Meridian

Moura, Banana Area
Free Entry
Located one kilometre east of Moura on the Dawson Highway, the 150th Meridian marker shows the position of the imaginary line (150 °E) on which Queensland (Eastern Standard) time is based. At the time of the equinox, a day is exactly 12 hours long anywhere on the Meridian line. The meridian line in Greenwich represents the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"). Every place on the Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line. 'Holey rocks' like the ones at the Meridian Marker can be found all around Moura. They are a product of the process used for blasting of rock in Coal Mining. Take a sighting through the holes and you're looking along the 150th Meridian.

Goovigen

Goovigen, Banana Area
Goovigen is a small rural village in the region’s northern farming heartland. A short distance north-west of Jambin off the Burnett Highway, fewer than 300 people live in the town. The Goovigen Showground camping area in Stone Crescent offers great facilities, including powered and unpowered sites and hot showers. Drop into the local pub for assistance. Fishing is a big pass time in these parts, with many local creeks about the place, most notably Callide Creek, Lake Victoria and Lake Pleasant a few kilometres further north. If you’re looking for information or a good bite to eat, the friendly locals at Goovigen Hotel Motel, on the Goovigen-Jambin Road offer both…and a tip, Wednesday night is Special Price Night.

Baralaba

Baralaba, Banana Area
Baralaba is a definitive Aussie town full of character. Found 96 kilometres north west of Biloela; it is a coal mining, cattle, grain and irrigated crop farming hub. The township was developed after seams of coal were discovered in 1901. Even though the underground mine closed in 1969 the site and remains of the old Dawson Valley Colliery are now heritage listed. Open cut coal exploration recommenced in 2004 and is still being mined today. The Neville Hewitt Weir on the Dawson River is a popular recreational area and offers the picnic areas and the best boating, skiing and fishing in the Dawson and Callide Valleys. Free camping is permitted. Venture into the thriving bush of yesteryear with a trip to the Historical Village. Alternatively, tourists can immerse themselves in the Baralaba Historic Photos Collection at the Baralaba Landcare and Community Resource Development Centre. The 1,000 historic photos will give visitors a real appreciation of what life was like. Baralaba plays hosts to a number of iconic events each year including the Baralaba Show, Silver Cup Campdraft, Dawson River Festival, Great Baralaba Saratoga Fishing Classic and an annual Christmas Carnival.

Duaringa

Duaringa, Central Highlands Area
Duaringa is located 107 kilometres west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. The small town is the essence of a small rural community. Duaringa is the oldest township in Duaringa Shire with buildings dating back to the 1860s and a corner of the local hotel has been preserved to show how early pioneers lived. The Mackenzie Park has a man-made waterfall and is also home to the rare endemic Duaringa Stringy Bark, known as "Budgeroo" trees. These trees were of great cultural significance to the early indigenous community who used its bark to make rope, baskets and building materials. Free hot showers and camping amenities are available. Try the hotel for dinner and a drink.

Wowan

Wowan, Banana Area
Wowan is small rural township steeped in history and located approximately 70 kilometres north-west of Biloela in the Banana Shire. Nestled amongst ancient gums and a myriad of creeks and gullies, the town was settled back in 1912; perched on the banks of Pocket Creek, Wowan is rich with native flora and fauna and is bordered by mountains to the south and west and offer visitors the chance to experience the friendly rural lifestyle that is 300 residents enjoy. The local museum offers an impressive collection of relics, memorabilia and history of the early settlers in the surrounding area. Stop by for a picnic in the museum's park, set by a creek and under shady gum trees. A visit to Wowan would not be complete without a visit to the very impressive, locally owned doll collection, which is open by appointment only - please contact the Biloela Visitor Information Centre for details. For a small town, Wowan has plenty of facilities for travellers, including three churches, a caravan park, hotel, fuel and groceries and a public multi-purpose centre.

Jambin

Jambin, Banana Area
A rural hub with a pub to service weary travellers, Jambin is on the Burnett Highway just south of Smoky Creek. Part of the Callide Valley, the town is wedged between the Callide Creek to the west and the highway to the east, making it a picturesque spot to stop. For a tiny village Jambin holds some big events. Working Dog Trials in June and the Champagne Campdraft in September head the billing of local events. The Events section of this guide has all the details. A drive along the Argoon-Kilburnie Road will take you to the heritage listed Kilbirnie Homestead. Built in 1884, this beautifully maintained pastoralist’s home has been in the Campbell family for four generations and was heritage listed with the Queensland Government in 1992.

Biloela

Biloela, Banana Area
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What do coal, gold, cotton, beef and herbs have in common? Biloela. You truly are in the heart of cattle country in Biloela or "Bilo" as you might hear it called, where a town tells its story best through a 'spirit of the land' mural which connects it's early beginnings to present day history. If staying a while or just passing through make sure you check out the Queensland Heritage Park which has heaps of different displays from restored machinery, buildings, images, day to day items from the yesteryear - anything which shaped the region from the early days can be found here. Bilo could be said to be feeding and clothing the nation with cotton fields, sorghum, wheat, herbs, spices, pork and beef all active industries here. Take some time to explore, discover and relive the past as you browse through the machinery sheds and the large array of vintage agricultural machinery. If you love Four Wheel Driving and a bit of adventure, then Kroombit Tops National Park is not far away with an awesome range of Four Wheel Drive tracks, walks (including the wreckage of a World War II Liberator Bomber) and authentic Aussie landscape. Bilo is part of Australia's Country Way (the Burnett Highway) and you will see why when you pay this Central Queensland heartland a visit.

Moura

Moura, Banana Area
Moura is located in the Banana Shire on the Dawson Highway, 180 kilometres south-west of Gladstone or 586 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. This diverse township is located in the Dawson Valley. Named the 'Heart of the Dawson Valley', this thriving community is known for its coal mining, cotton processing, wheat and sorghum growing and chemical manufacture. This mixture of activities has ensured that, unlike most coal mining centres in Queensland, the town has not developed as a typical company town for miners. The other major local enterprise is visually broadcast to the surrounding district. Huge grain silos (the second-largest in Queensland) are located at the eastern end of town and can be seen from a considerable distance. Moura hosts a number of annual events including, the Coal and Country festival, Muddy Water Fishing Classic and the Dawson River Festival, which attracts visitors from all over Queensland. The town also has a motel and hotel, a bakery, cafes, Memorial Club and Bowls Club. There's an IGA supermarket for groceries and a local service station to fill up at. Don't forget their 18 hole golf course and Olympic size swimming pool.
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