Just 40km south-west of Rockhampton, Mt Morgan is the daddy of all Queensland’s precious metal mines. During an operation which spanned almost 100 years, the Morgan mines yielded 247,000kg of gold, 40,000kg of silver and a bonus of 360,000 tonnes of copper - a timespan rivalled by the railway station. The Mt Morgan station was opened in 1898 and operated for 90 years before being pensioned off as a tourist information centre and site for monthly craft and produce markets.
One of the open cut gold mines also remains 'in service' as an integral part of a city historical tour which includes several caves. A 1954 analysis of the material in the ceilings of these caves revealed 150 million-year-old dinosaur footprints.
Visit the town’s museum for a comprehensive overview of the written and photographic record of the history of Mt Morgan’s booms and busts. The Big Dam is a popular swimming, boating and picnicking recreational retreat.