Today we’re escaping for the weekend to Mt. Britton in Queensland, Australia, with my author friend Rose Dee. Rose is giving us a tour of a historic outback mining town in her home state of Queensland and sharing one of her family camping spots with us. Enjoy!
Today I am taking you to the Mount Britton Township Flat. Situated in central Queensland, Australia, this historic place is a wonderful spot to visit or camp. We have a mining camp close by, so we spend a lot of time up here in the bush.
It’s hard to imagine that this flat piece of land was once a thriving metropolis. The gold rush era in Australia saw towns popping up all over the country. When the gold dried up, the towns died.
Signs are positioned all over the township flat. Each one details a building that stood on that particular spot. This is my son, Tully at the Mt. Britton School of the Arts sign. Apart from the usual town businesses – hotels, butcher, doctor and school, the town had a photographic studio, and an apiary (bee hives) that doubled as a very well attended church.
This huge fig tree is one of the few reminders left of the townsfolk. The tree was planted to honour the first baby born in the community. These days it makes the perfect camping spot.
Apart from learning all about our rich history, the children had fun exploring the old mining equipment and digging up forgotten treasures the town had left behind. Tully found an old horse buckle, some pieces of china from a Chinese tea set, and the rims of an old pair of glasses.
There is even a cool creek to sit by. We took our chances panning for some gold here, but unfortunately the ‘diggers’ (miners) had beaten us to it over 130 years ago.
ROSE DEE, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel, Back to Resolution.
Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women.
Beyond Resolution, and A New Resolution are the second and third books in the ‘Resolution’ series.
Rose’s debut novel Back to Resolution won Bookseller’s Choice at the CALEB Awards 2012. A New Resolution won the Fiction Prize, CALEB 2013.
She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel, written in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian authors.
Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.
Bay Anders is lost. She enjoys every privilege a wealthy upbringing affords, but the void in her soul refuses to be filled. Her mother’s dying revelation drives Bay to the brink of self destruction, before a move to Australia changes everything.
She embarks upon a search for her father that leads her to his island home, into a hazardous melting pot of hostile locals and a mystery – her father’s disappearance. The only person who can help her is a strong, self-assured and intensely magnetic man. Bay must fight an overwhelming attraction to stay focused on her goal.
Flynn McKenna is hiding from the world. A past filled with mistakes drove him to withdraw from society and live in seclusion. But the arrival of a woman he cannot avoid shatters his solitary existence. As the search for Bay’s father unites them, can he resist his desire for her?