Georgetown is located 302km southeast of Normanton
along the Savannah Way in gulf country. This small town on the Gulf Developmental Road has 2 caravan parks and can be used as a base from which to go fossicking for gold and gems or heading out to explore the Undara Lava Tubes.
The township has adequate services to assist the outback traveller including a roadhouse with licensed restaurant, supermarket and hotel, all open 7 days.
Fossicking the region’s gemfields is the main attraction here. Fabulous coloured and patterned gemstones can be found at O’Briens Creek Topaz Gemfields northeast of town and Agate Creek Gemfields south of town. Both areas are accessible by unsealed road and are approximately 100km's drive.
If you don’t have the time or patience to fossick then alternatively you can marvel in the outback beauty at the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection, displaying over 4500 specimens of stunning gemstones and mineral deposits. The collection is stored and displayed at the Terrestrial Centre, meaning “of the earth”, on Lowe Street. The local Visitor Centre also operates from here.
About 20km west of town is the historic Cumberland Chimney site, resembling what is left of the gold crushing plant from the region’s gold rush era. The site also has a picnic and free camping area near a billabong covered with lilies and frequenting birdlife.
Further west of town about 73km is another free camp for the weary traveller at Gilbert River. Suitable for overnight stopovers the camp site is large and suited to all vehicles and vans. There are no facilities at this bush camp and dogs are permitted.
To the east of Georgetown is the Newcastle Range which makes a nice change of scenery on the drive to Mt Surprise, 92km further along Savannah Way. Mt Surprise is another small town supplying fuel, basic items, café, book exchange and fossicking tours.
The outback gulf savannah region is unique and offers the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore the rugged land for prize gems. If you’re heading out this way, try something different and get your hands dirty in search of magnificent stones.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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