Mount Zamia towers over Springsure, a small valley town in the Central Highlands, settled in the 1860s. Springsure's early history is dominated by conflicts between local Aboriginal groups and the intruding European settlers. The 1861 massacre of 19 Europeans at Cullin-la-ringo is commemorated at Old Rainworth Fort.
Information shed, Rolleston Rd; or council offices; (07) 4984 1166.
Nearby national parks
Aboriginal Yumba-Burin (resting place): in Cemetery Reserve, containing 3 bark burials (around 600 years old).
Rich Park Memorials: includes cattleyard displays and a Dakota engine from a plane that crashed during WW II.
Historic Hospital: heritage-listed building (1868) includes museum.
Minerva Hills National Park The park includes the Boorambool and Zamia mountains and has unusual wildlife, such as the fawn-footed melomys, on a 2.2 km walking track to a spectacular lookout, or have a bush picnic at Fred's Gorge. (07) 4984 1716; 4 km W of Springsure, part of road unsealed.
Carnarvon National Park, Ka Ka Mundi section This remote section of the park is in Qld's brigalow belt and features undulating plains and sandstone cliffs. See the king parrots and fig birds around the springs and creeks or the area's pastoral history at the old cattleyards near the springs. (07) 4984 1716; W on Springsure–Tambo Rd for 50 km, then S on Buckland Rd. Mt Moffatt section: see Mitchell. Gorge section: see Roma. Salvator Rosa section: see Tambo.
Old Rainworth Historical Complex:
Old Rainworth Historical Complex:National Trust–listed buildings of old storehouse built after 1861 massacre; open 9am–2pm Mon–Fri (closed Thurs), 9am–5pm Sat–Sun; 10 km S.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Campsites around town
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Rubyvale Caravan Park 87 kmThis camping area is a short stroll from the Rubyvale town centre, and is located within easy distance of tourist mines and fossicking areas. There are powered and unpowered sites, and a range of good facilities.... Find out more
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West Branch camping area 95 kmThis site is near the west branch of the Maranoa River and can be reached by conventional vehicles and off-road caravans in dry weather only. Open fires are permitted only at existing fire rings; check for fire bans. No... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Blue Gem Caravan Park 81 kmFor those interested in trying their luck on the gemfields, this park is a good base. It forms part of a shop and service station complex and is centrally located in Sapphire on the banks of Retreat Creek, where... Find out more
Rest areas around town
Emerald park area 66 km
Adjacent to the highway at the information centre in the middle of town.
Anakie rest area 72 km
45km W of Emerald (L) or 125km E of Alpha (R)
Just off the highway at the junction of the turn-off into town.
Comet park area 73 km
Just off the highway at the Leichhardt Dig Tree memorial in the middle of town.
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