By Cerberus1Yesterday's trek took us to Maytown and the surrounding area in the Palmer River Goldfields.
Maytown is located around 280km NW of Cairns, with the last 75km being off road 4wd track.
Maytown was the 'capital' of the Palmer gold field in the late 1800's with a population of around 700 at it's peak.
There were 12 hotels, 6 stores, 3 bakers, 3 tobaconists, 3 banks, a lemonade factory, butchers, chinese stores (the majority of the population were chinese), a saddler, chemist, post office, printers, newspaper, school, courthouse, hospital and police barracks.
Today Maytown is a ghost town, with the last resident leaving in the 1950's. Like so many ghost towns, little remains due to buildings being relocated and reused and termites and bushfires destroying remaining buildings.
There's still plenty of evidence of mining on the outskirts of town though and in town, the bakers oven is visible as are kerbsides, flagged shopfloors, the graveyard and stumps of buildings.
Road to Maytown
Queen Mill Mine
Ida Mine as it was
Charcoal burners - Tea tree & iron bark were burned to produce charcoal for the mine's forges.
Maytown - view down Leslie Street
Maytown - remains of bakery ovens
Relics of Maytown
Camping on the riverbed of the mighty Palmer River