About 80km south-west of Rockhampton - right on the Tropic of Capricorn - the attractive Wowan district is given over mainly to cattle, wheat and sorghum these days.
But in times gone by, cotton was big around here, until 1927 when they shut down the cotton gin and foreclosed on an industry now so important to southern Queensland and northern NSW. The closure restored the fortunes of the cattle kings.
You can get the full picture in the town’s museum, housed in the old butter factory and widely regarded as one of the best bush museums in Queensland.
To the south-west, Baralba's Historical Village gives another perspective on the pioneers who opened up the Capricorn Coast hinterland.
Back up the road toward Rockhampton is the open-cut Mount Morgan Mine, which produced a king's ransom in gold, silver and copper. Here, you can take a tour of one of the biggest man-made holes in the world.