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Georgetown

Visitor Centre:
Terrestrial Information Centre
Low Street
Phone: (07) 4062 1485
Fax: (07) 4062 1965
Visitor website: www.etheridge.qld.gov.au
General:
Situated west of the Newcastle Range, Georgetown is the centre for the Etheridge Goldfield, known also as the “poor man’s goldfield” due to the presence of nugget gold that could be surface collected. It is still possible to find a gold nugget at the remains of the scattered old sites, though a fossicking permit is required.
The countryside is rolling hills and wooded savannah grassland.
Georgetown is well serviced and is a major point for touring circuits which direct visitors to the south and east to spectacular scenic and historic points of interest.
Attractions:
Fossicking
Fossick for gold nuggets in the Etheridge Goldfield. Semi precious stones are abundant; topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm, aquamarine and sapphires. It is advisable to check with the mining registrar at Georgetown regarding regulations and licensing requirements for fossicking.
The Cumberland Chimney
Built by Cornish masons, it is all that remains of a crushing plant that crushed gold bearing ore from surrounding mines.
Take a Tour of the Town
Interesting historical features include the restored Shire Hall, Savannah House, Masonic Temple, Catholic Church and Cemetery. The river walk around the town is ideal for birdwatchers.