Peak Downs Highway

The Peak Downs Highway runs west from Mackay through Eton, Nebo and Coppabella before hitting the Gregory Development Road near Clermont. Other towns and spots of interest that are not far off the highway include Lake Elphinstone, the Northern Coalfields, Moranbah and Dysart.

The main industry through this area is coal mining and the mining boom over the past ten years has seen a rapid rise in property development and infrastructure.

Peak Downs Highway Map


Lake Elphinstone

This shallow lake is situated on the Suttor Development Road west of Nebo. an ideal spot to pull up stumps for the night or two when visiting the region. The free camping area (7 day limit applies) on the bank of the lake has a boat ramp, bins, shower, toilets and plenty of shady trees. No dogs or motorbikes permitted on the reserve. The lake is a popular spot for water skiers, wildlife watchers, camping enthusiasts & those just passing through.


Take a break from your drive to have a rest & quick look at Nebo township. Nebo Centenary Park & the Nebo Museum are found across the road from each other in the main street of town, about 1km off the Peak Downs Highway.

Nebo Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am - 3pm.



13km off the Peak Downs Highway on the Moranbah access road you will find the thriving little town of Moranbah. This small town has all the facilities & businesses you would expect to find in a much larger town.

Moranbah Markets are held on the last Sunday of the month in the town square.


This friendly community with a population of less than 5 000 has a swimming pool, library, shopping mall & golf course.


Middlemount approximately 55km south-west of Dysart via the Dysart - Middlemount Road. It is a small mining township that has a swimming pool, golf course and shopping centre. Stop for a break at Blue Mountain Park. It has free BBQ’s & a good view over the area.

Bundoora Dam

Bundoora is a small dam about 35 km south-west of Middlemount or a similar distance south of Dysart via Dysart - Middlemount Road. The dam has a boat ramp, sheltered picnic tables, bins, taps and a camping area. Home to red claw crayfish, yellowbelly, saratoga & spangled perch. It could be worth throwing some crayfish pots in for a few hours or wetting a line as the sun sets. Driving into the dam you get a good view of the local coal mining operations. Care is required as the dam is subject to sudden changes in water level.

Rest Areas, Camping and Accommodation

Peak Downs Highway Businesses and Magazine Stockists

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