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Clermont, QLD

Be transported back to Australia’s early gold rush days in Clermont – one of the oldest inland settlements in tropical Queensland. First explored by Ludwig Leichardt in 1845, it wasn’t until the lure of gold attracted settlers in 1861 that the town flourished. However, in 1916 Clermont was devastated by flood and the town was relocated to a higher site nearby. To get to Clermont, follow the Peak Downs Highway west of Nebo and follow the signs. For more information contact the Clermont Tourist Centre.


Today, visitors can still see the remains of the original town site. The Piano in the Tree, in Capricorn Street, is a quirky reminder of the height of the floodwaters.

The Clermont Museum has historical artefacts and is home to many machinery displays. Located off the Peak Downs Highway just outside Clermont.

Clermont Cemetery, situated on the banks of Sandy Creek, contains headstones dating back to the 1860s as well as the graves of the 65 residents who lost their lives in the 1916 flood.

First explored by Ludwig Leichardt in 1845, it wasn’t until 1861 that the lure of gold attracted settlers to the region. Three large gold rushes followed and today fossickers can still be found in the area. Clermont Detectors at the Clermont Caravan Park has gold fossicking kits available which include all you need to know about striking it rich. A fossicking license in required and can be obtained from the Department of Natural Resources.

Experience a real working coal mine at Blair Athol. Free guided tours leaving from Clermont take you through the workings of the mine on Tuesdays and Fridays at 0900. The tour also includes a visit to the Clermont Museum and Copperfield Store. Bookings can be made at the Clermont Caravan Park.

Nearest Airport: Emerald

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Mountain

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Bush Walking
  • City Sightseeing
  • Fossicking
  • Gold prospecting

About Clermont

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Clermont Postcode: 4721
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Mackay
  • Latitude: -22.82581
  • Longitude: 147.6401
  • Elevation: 271m
  • Population: 3031
  • Median Income: $38792
  • Area (Sq/km): 2183.847
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

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