Mount Mulligan is a former mining town west of Mareeba.
Known as the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent and a sacred site according to indigenous legend, Mount Mulligan is spectacular but rarely seen.
It is the site of the Mount Mulligan mine disaster, Queensland’s worst mining disaster. It was a coal mining town from 1910 until 19 September 1921 when an underground explosion killed 75 miners (all the miners in the town). The mine closed, but reopened in 1923 and continued in production until 1957 when a hydro-electric scheme eliminated the need for the coal.
Mount Mulligan is 180 kilometres from Cairns and the last 44 kilometres are unsealed roads. Campers won’t be disappointed.