Mount Mulligan is located in Far North Queensland and is rich in mining history. It is home to one of Australia's worst mining disaster. There was an explosion at the underground coal mine that killed a total of 75 miners. There was a railway opened on the 7th of April 1915 that connected Dimbulah with Mount Mulligan and was decommissioned in January, 1958.
If you are starting your trip from Cairns you will need to head due west along the tablelands. The further you travel the more rugged the territory begins as you approach the outback territory.
Before you know it you will have a good view of Mount Mulligan's 18km long sandstone ridge that is 10 times larger than Ayers Rock itself.
The Mount Mulligan campsite is home to some beautiful scenery and wildlife. Near the campsite are the ruins of an old coal mining township. The mine was decommissioned in 1957 and the town abandoned one year after. When the mine was in full swing the local township had a total population of 300. The nearby cemetery is an eerie place to visit, it is the burial site for a majority of the 75 miners that died in the mining tragedy.
On a more positive note if your an active person there are nearby horse tours, helicopter flights, gold fossicking and bush walking activities available. The campsite itself also has a beautiful billabong for swimming, fishing and kayaking.
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