Kilkivan is really an area for people interested in fossicking. Kilkivan advertises itself as the Western gateway to the Cooloola Region, but I personally think it is the centre for minerals and history. Kilkivan is located 40 kilometres West of the highway. It has a major part in Gold discovery in Queensland and as a result it has all of the things which go hand in hand with gold settlers. The township of Kilkivan has some historical old homes and shops and a small but interesting museum. To see in the museum phone 07 5484 7174 or 07 5484 1191. There is the Boat Mountain Environmental Park, the Kinbombi Falls, The Mt. Clara Chimneys, The Prophet Mine and Rossmore Park (07 5484 1340). The contact phone number for the Prophet Mine is 07 5484 1226 and ask to speak to Jon PARSONS. I actually found the township of Kilkivan a little uninspiring, but with a little presentation it has a lot of potential. I would recommend visiting Kilkivan in a four wheel drive as many of the sights are off the main road.
Boat mountain is located twenty minutes drive from Goomeri. It is a haven for local flora and fauna. It also commands special views from the top. On the way to Goomeri is Kinbombi Falls. How this place has remained such a secret is beyond me. It may be because it only runs after heavy rain fall. The ravine which has been cut by the flow of water is quite stunning. There are concrete stairs to the falls and up the gorge. Whoever laid these stairs, have done a massive job. They go on forever. Kinbombi falls area is absolutely huge. It is quite a job just walking in and around them. The rock here is totally conglomerate concretions. This must have been millions of years ago a massive water flow. I would not be surprised if there is gold imbedded in this rock.
Also near by at Kilkivan are the Mt Clara Copper Smelting chimneys. There is really only one chimney which is open to the public and it is quite impressive. It is a rather tall square chimney made from parent rock and is accessible up the RossmorePark (07 5484 1340) and Prophet Mine road. The chimneys are about 8 kilometres from the caravan park and the Chinese grave is about 7 kilometres from the park. The Chimney is listed by the National Trust and was used for smelting copper by the Chinese between 1872 and 1875. The Chinese operators worked three shifts. Further up this road, (and it is definitely four wheel drive only) quartz crystals can be found. I think the creek up this way might be worth a pan or two also.
The Rossmore Park is a very clean and pleasant location and well worth considering if you wish to stay in the area. The contact phone number for the Rossmore Caravan Park is 07 5484 1340. The Prophet Mine is also a MUST on the list of things to see for the area. The owner runs demonstrations and tours of his mine. For a small fee you can also pan for gold here and chances are you will probably find some. Many of the local creeks are also good spots to find gold. Now I also understand there are Garnets to be found North of Kilkivan up near the Mt Neureum area. I have been told they are in books of mica. I have also been told that small sapphires and zircons have been won from creeks in the area.
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