Mount Morgan is an historical mining town nestled on the Dee River a short 38 kilometre drive from Rockhampton. The town is rich in nineteenth century Queensland colonial history and has artefacts and relics from the gold rush days that visitors can experience.
Founded as a gold mining town in 1882, Mount Morgan became a vast contributor of gold, silver and copper from the Capricorn region and the mine successfully ran until 1981. William Knox D’Arcy made both fame and fortune in Mount Morgan from his share in the lucrative mine to finance oil exploration overseas which later became BP Company.
To experience a ‘real’ pioneering adventure visit the Mount Morgan open cut gold and copper mines and enjoy the panoramic view of the township and mines from the Arthur Timms Lookout.
Heading downstream, the Dee River boasts a suspension bridge built in the 1890s to provide access from the town to the mine and was one of six swinging bridges at that time in Mount Morgan. However, only one bridge remains today to remind visitors of the colonial days.
For an old fashioned yarn, head to the ‘Running the Cutter’ statue illustrating a famous mining tradition from Mount Morgan. Between 1900 and 1918, buying a beer in ‘billy’ cans and drinking the beer outside was a common custom for Mount Morgan miners after a day’s work that is symbolized in this unique statue.
Mount Morgan is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Rockhampton in Queensland, it is located approximately 500kms from the capital Brisbane and extends over an area of 12.12 square kilometres. Mount Morgan has a recorded population of 1963 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.
If you are planning a visit to Mount Morgan we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Mount Morgan and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.