Clermont is in the central highlands south-west of Mackay. It was established over 130 years ago after the discovery of gold at Nelson's Gully. At first the settlement was at Hood's Lagoon, but was moved to higher ground after a major flood in 1916 in which 63 people died. To the east of Clermont are the prominent cone-shaped mountains of Peak Range National Park. The Wolfgang Peak between Clermont and Mackay is particularly spectacular.
Cnr Herschel and Karmoo sts; (07) 4983 4755
Nearby national parks
Hood's Lagoon and Centenary Park Walk the boardwalks in this picturesque setting to see the colourful birdlife. The park has interesting memorials and monuments that include the Sister Mary MacKillop grotto, an Aboriginal monument and a war memorial. The tree marker at the flood memorial plaque demonstrates how high the water rose. Access via Lime St.
Railway Wagon Murals:
Railway Wagon Murals:paintings on 4 original wagons depict industries within the Belyando Shire; Hershel St.
The Stump: memorial to the 1916 flood; Cnr Drummond and Capricorn sts.
Cemetery: headstones dating back to 1860s and mass grave of 1916 flood victims; 2.5 km NE.
Clermont Museum and Heritage Park: museum exhibits historic artefacts and machinery, including the steam engine used to shift the town after flood and historic buildings, such as the old Masonic lodge, with displays of local family histories; open daily, times vary; (07) 4983 3311; 4 km NW.
Remnants of Copperfield: old coppermining town with museum in original Copperfield store, chimneystack, and cemetery containing 19th-century graves of copperminers; 5 km S.
Theresa Creek Dam: popular spot for waterskiing, sailboarding and fishing (permit required). Bushwalks nearby; off Peakvale Rd; 17 km SW.
Blair Athol open-cut mine: free half-day tour to see the largest seam of steaming coal in the world; departs from Clermont Visitor Centre; Blair Athol; 23 km NW.
Blackwood National Park: 187 km NW; see Charters Towers.
Fossicking for gold: obtain licence and fossicking kit to start the search in nearby area; details from visitor centre.
Eco-friendly activities around town
Campsites around town
Rubyvale Caravan Park 66 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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Caravan parks around town
Blue Gem Tourist Park 72 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
What's on around town
Clermont Show: May.
Gold and Coal Festival: Aug.
Country Music Festival: Oct.