Plan Your Trip

The Mining Trail


Car or Camper

Mackay to Theresa Creek Dam

Year round

Spend a few days experiencing the inland adventures of the Isaac region or extend your stay for a week if you really want to relax. Catch barramundi at dams, pitch a tent in historical mining towns and hike to the top of rugged mountains. The wide open plains and panoramic views of the Isaac countryside will have you in awe and the peaceful camping spots make for the perfect getaway.


130km 1hr 50min


Mackay to Mt Britton

Travel inland from Mackay along the Peak Downs Highway and take a right on to the Suttor Development Road, just before you arrive in Nebo. Follow the signs to the abandoned mining town of Mt Britton. Only remnants are left, including gold mining machinery. Enjoy a night under the stars at the Mt Britton campground after a day exploring the historical town.

130km 1hr 50min
77km 1hr 5min


Mt Britton to Lake Elphinstone

Explore further inland along the Suttor Development Road towards Lake Elphinstone, a natural lake which once supported the nearby town of Elphinstone, long since disappeared. A popular spot to fish, kayak, water ski and camp, this lake will have you entertained for hours. Free camping and amenities available.

77km 1hr 5min
281km 3hr


Lake Elphinstone to Clermont

Wake up early for a day of exploring. First drive to Nebo to experience the heritage-listed Nebo pub, built in 1862. The Nebo Museum is also well worth a look for an insight into the country town.

As you arrive in Moranbah, follow the one-kilometre Federation Walk at the town’s entrance to the well-known Big Red Rhino Bucket – a representation of Moranbah’s rich mining industry.

Make your way to Clermont for the afternoon, a town rich in gold mining history. On your drive, you will pass by the Gemini Peaks – a stand out in the wide open plains of Isaac. Stop to hike up Wolfang Peak for a photo at the top and panoramic views. An unforgettable hike for those keen on adventure.

281km 3hr
20km 19min


Clermont to Theresa Creek Dam

Your final stop in Isaac is Theresa Creek Dam. Located off the Peakvale Road, the dam is fully stocked with barramundi, golden perch and redclaw crayfish. If you want to fish, obtain a permit at the dam kiosk. Otherwise, set up camp and relax by the waters edge as you take in the natural surrounds.

20km 19min