This scenic drive commences at Banana and showcases the small town of Baralaba. Baralaba was officially established as a township in 1917 on the banks of the Dawson River. Artefacts and records however, prove that it was already a reasonable sized settlement before this time.
Aboriginal people depended on the river and roamed its valley for thousands of years. In 1844, explorer Ludwig Leichhardt named the Dawson River. By mid-1850s, eager young pastoralists began moving into the Dawson Valley with sheep and cattle to take possession of vast tracts of grazing land. During the drought of the late 1890s a coal seam was discovered in the dry river bed of the Dawson. This brought new people, lifestyles and economic benefits. The State Government extended a railway link from Mount Morgan and on 30 July 1917 the railway opened the line and named Baralaba.
To make the most of your journey, pack a picnic lunch or barbecue and be sure to visit the Historical Village (by appointment only).
The roads along this drive trail are sealed and suitable for all vehicle types.