Outback Towns

Georgetown

Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River, and the administrative centre of the Shire of Etheridge in North Queensland’s Gulf Country.

About Georgetown

Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River, and the administrative centre of the Shire of Etheridge in North Queensland’s Gulf Country.

It lies on the Savannah Way (Gulf Development Road) between Normanton and Cairns.

The town was settled on the site of Etheridge’s gold diggings in the 1870’s but as the gold ran out the district reverted to cattle production because of the abundant fertile grazing land.

Today Etheridge Shire is a popular destination for fossickers looking for topaz, quartz, garnet, aquamarine and sapphires (fossicking license required) and a great place for exploring some of the goldfields ghost towns or the Cumberland Chimney, built by Cornish masons, and part of a crushing plant built to service the local gold fields. Georgetown’s major attraction is TerrEstrial - the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection, and at over 4500 specimens it is possibly Australia’s biggest and most comprehensive mineral collection.  

Features

  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs