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Triantiwontigongolope wrote a review Dec 2020
249 contributions79 helpful votes
This was a really interesting historical site. There are no old buildings left in the township - just slabs where they used to be. The sports oval was the most interesting. It would be great if there was more signage at each building site as we didn't get much of a feel for the place until we later saw a video on it. A self-guide would be great. The mine site is quite spectacular but is much easier to get to in a 4WD. It can also be tricky to find. From memory at the top of the hill, you turn right.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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ready_travellers wrote a review Oct 2020
Brisbane522 contributions43 helpful votes
Visiting Mary Kathleen was one of our trip's major highlights! It's about halfway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry, just off the highway. Over time, the roads have deteriorated, and large pot holes and dirt track is common, but definitely worth enduring to see this once-thriving town. We recommend four wheel drives. These days, the only things remaining is some signage, and concrete slabs where buildings once stood. The mine itself is a few kilometres from the town. Turn left, and you'll find yourself on top of a massive mullock heap of the extracted material from the mine. Turn right to find the mine itself. Pictures simply don't do it justice. Glorious coloured rocks surround the once-active mine pit. Due to timing we only stayed for a couple of hours, but you can certainly camp here if you are self-contained. Several caravans were already parked up in the town. This abandoned town and mine is a must-do.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Tanya L wrote a review Sep 2020
Bundaberg, Australia258 contributions21 helpful votes
Definitely easier in a 4wd , roads are full of pot holes. A bit interesting, but be careful, open cut mine sites are not playgrounds.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Karen M wrote a review Sep 2020
Adelaide, Australia403 contributions23 helpful votes
It's a bit of a drive to Mary Kathleen and easier with a 4WD but quite a sight. The colours of the disused mine and history of the now-removed township was great. Be careful with getting in and out, as some roads are marked private - and they are. It's probably a 45 minute drive but you can stay there if you take it easy with your van.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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PomsInAJourney wrote a review Jul 2020
Redland City, Australia72 contributions2 helpful votes
Great little spot. You can visit the uranium mine and then free camp in the old township. All that remains is the roads and house slabs.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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