Recently we travelled to a small mining town approximately 88 km east of Charters Towers. Ravenswood is a historic town that was established in the late 1800s when gold was discovered.
Although you may think there is not much to see, we found that even two days didn't provide enough time to discover and explore.
Setting out on this adventure meant driving hours from the cool tropical area of Yungaburra, down the east coast, and then back inland. However, once we arrived at the Railway Hotel in Ravenswood, we were greeted and provided wonderful accommodation, amazing food, and locals who love to have a yarn...or two!
We began exploring the town and finding all sorts of 'treasures', which we took photos of because it's so important to NOT take things away from the town. There are chimneys, old machinery, and treasures that locals have collected and now display. If you enjoy looking at historical items and reading about how the mines operated and the stories of people who lived there, you will find a treasure trove of information and items .
We enjoyed coffee at one of the local businesses where the building had many items on display and beautifully painted lofty ceilings. Walking through the buildings around the town, the sense of pride that the original builders is emphasized.
However, the highlight of the trip was the local people. They are so friendly, providing local knowledge and history, and happy to stop and chat. Calling into the Post Office and general store to have ice cream or visiting the local courthouse museum area, and Catholic Church building or Thorps building provide insight into the history of the area.
This small but memorable town should not be underestimated. It is worth the visit. Perhaps visiting in the cooler months might be a consideration, but I encourage you to visit the smaller out-of-the-way towns, you will find there is so much to explore and take the time to chat with the locals, they are friendly and welcoming, and you learn so much more than what's in the travel brochures and websites.
Take the first step of the journey, especially in your own backyard, and set out on an adventure!