The historic gold mining town of Kilkivan is in Queensland Gold Country. This area of Queensland help kick state the Queensland economy back in the 1870's when the state we struggling financially. Kilkivan has loads of history and they did find significant Gold and copper deposits at the time.  

So what do you do when its raining at the bay, day trip. We packed up and headed to gold country. We opened a map picked a town within 100km, 108km to be exact and drove there for lunch. Kilkivan here we come.

Its a leisurely drive thru what is now cattle country. It is also dry the ground is parched dry. There is not a lot of feed on the ground for the cattle.

All said its a good day trip, once there we took a drive up the hill to Mundo National Park for a look not a lot there would be good in Winter when the rains come.

We then drove out Spencer Road to look at the old copper smelter, built about 1873, its about 15km from the main road, you drive past the Kilkivan Bush camp a caravan and camping park on the river, not a bad setting.

As we drove, we past loads of Roos and plenty of cattle grazing on the road side. just slow down and ease through them.

I must admit it did look a little bit like red neck country with all the do not trespass signs on a gazetted road, bit rich really, but there's a reason people live in the hills, they have gone troppo. So ignoring the illegal signs we push on and find the smelter at the end of the road, there was an old gold mine out there somewhere but that sign obviously got buried. and the old copper mine who can tell.

Its a good day trip and interesting history worth remembering, pack a picnic.   

How to get to Mt Clara Smelter

How to Find Kilkivan

Where to Stay

There is not a lot in Kilkivan, but there is the local pub with some old school style. I would stay in Hervey Bay but I'm a water person and the Mantra is a great spot.

Where to eat

We stopped for lunch at a little cafe just past the pub, very fresh and tasty sandwich.

It was a good day out and a pleasant drive back to the marina.

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