Tours and Activities

There are plenty of ways to fill in the time during your stay at Tyrconnell. Equally it is the perfect place to relax and absorb the outback ambience.


Mine Site Tour

Andy standing above the 'battery' (crushing site)

No visit to Tyrconnell is complete without a tour of the site, taken either as part of a day trip or during an overnight stay. Make sure you call us to check on tour times and availability, and to make a booking.

We recommend you allow two hours for the tour, which includes the fascinating history of the area and the gold mine, a guided walk of the site and a demonstration of the rare 120 year old quartz crushing machine in operation.

Morning or afternoon tea in Cate and Andy's old cottage is also included.

Cemetery Tour

Thornborough cemetry


For overnight guests, an evening tour of the nearby Thornborough cemetery (5 km away) provides a real insight into pioneer life.

Hear the tragic, poignant and sometimes amusing stories of 7of the early settlers Cate has been able to research.

The tour takes approximately 1 hour. Transfers are available for up to 6 guests.


A variety of activities are available to overnight guests at Tyrconnell.

Gold Panning

gold panning


Panning for gold is something that gives visitors a genuine appreciation for the efforts of the early settlers. There are numerous creeks (including Tyrconnell Creek) in the immediate area that are suitable for goldpanning however creeks often dry out towards the end of the dry season, and panning is only available when water is still present.”

The use of pans, sieve and pick are free of charge to guests during their stay, or for a better chance of finding a few specks, opt for a panning demonstration by Andy.

Champagne at the Lookout

Adjacent to Tyrconnell is the lookout which is an ideal spot to enjoy champagne and appetisers at sunset. It can be reached by car or on foot. You can choose to be accompanied by Cate or Andy or make it a private occasion….a perfect surprise for someone you love (by special request and subject to availability).


There are several walks from or near Tyrconnell. These range from a short walk up to the bluff to watch sunset or catch an early morning panorama of the area, to a longer walk to a pioneer road and a lone grave. Walks can be guided or self-guided.


Over 50 different species of birds have been noted at Tyrconnell, making it an excellent spot for birdwatching. Red tailed black cockatoos, pale headed rosellas and channel billed cuckoos during the wet season are just a few.

An Australian Field Guide to Birds is provided in each cottage.


Agile WallabyAlthough most of the wildlife in the area is nocturnal, it's possible to spot a wallaroo or agile wallaby while walking at dawn or dusk.

Cate and Andy are registered wildlife carers and may have orphaned or injured native animals on site at times.


Nothing beats outback stars. With no light pollution to interfere, and especially during the dry season (April to October) when humidity levels are low, the night skies at Tyrconnell are awe-inspiring.


dams on site for swimmingTyrconnell has a dam on site, available to overnight guests for swimming.

Other swimming spots in the area can also be pointed out, though by the dry season (September), all dams in the area can be quite low on water.

Self Drive TourMt Mulligan, Queenslands oldest aboriginal site

A self-drive tour to Mt Mulligan, 25km north west of Tyrconnell, is highly recommended.
Often referred to as the Ayers Rock of the north, this 18km long 300m high sandstone bluff is Queensland’s oldest dated Aboriginal site and also has a tragic coal mining history.


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