Is a small-town getaway calling your name? Discover the best things to do in Mount Perry and the surrounding areas. This tiny and quiet little settlement nestled in North Burnett is one that we got to explore towards the start of our Australia big lap.
Where is Mount Perry
Mount Perry is a small rural town in the North Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia. It is located about 80 km northwest of Bundaberg and 365 km north of Brisbane.
About Mount Perry
Mount Perry Queensland is known for its rich history, dating back to the 1840s.
Copper was discovered in the area in 1867, which led to a mining boom. At its peak in the 1880s, Mount Perry is said to have had a population of over 10,000 people and was one of the largest towns in Queensland.
The mining boom came to an end in the early 1900s, and the town’s population declined. However, Mount Perry remained an important centre for agriculture and timber production.
In more recent times, the main attraction to Mount Perry includes the stunning lookouts, Boolboonda Tunnel and the old copper mine.
Things to do in Mount Perry
The small rural town of Mount Perry may not seem to offer a lot to travellers.
However, if you enjoy the serenity of a quiet town and some pretty incredible history – we’d definitely recommend adding Mount Perry to your must-see list.
Let’s get into the best things to do in Mount Perry:
1. Drive or Walk the Boolboonda Tunnel
While heading into Mount Perry, make a detour to the Boolboonda Tunnel.
This 192 metre long Heritage-Listed tunnel was originally constructed in 1883-1884 for a raliway line project. This tunnel is the longest unsupported tunnel in Queensland.
The Boolboonda Tunnel is approximately one car in width, however after driving through the tunnel, park the car and take the journey on foot through the tunnel among the bats. You won’t be disappointed!
Location: 175 Tunnel Rd, Boolboonda
2. Take in the history at the Mount Perry Museum
The Mount Perry Museum tells the story of the town’s rich history, from the mining boom to the present day.
The museum houses a variety of exhibits, including mining equipment, photographs, and documents.
Location: 114 Heusman St, Mount Perry
3. Take in the views of the Lookout
As you can imagine with how rural Mount Perry is, the town is surrounded by beautiful Australian bushlands. Head on over to the lookout to to view the mountainous area in all its glory.
Location: 81 Towns Creek Rd, Mount Perry
4. Visit the Copper Mine Smelters
The copper mine ceased operations in the early 1900’s, however the smelters still remain at the site. Visitors are able to walk a cement path around the smelters to take in the history of the mining industry at Mount Perry.
Location: Accessed via the Mount Perry Museum
5. Hike the Mount Perry Summit
Pack a bag with water and high protein snacks and head on up the Mount Perry Summit to cast your eyes on the scenic bushland views of the area.
It is recommended to begin this journey before the heat of the day, so aim for an early start.
6. Take a walk through Mount Perry’s War Memorial
In the centre of Mount Perry town, a park is dedicated as a war memorial. Additionally, across the road, a Leopard Battle Tank is also displayed.
Fun fact – Mount Perry is 1 of 6 towns in Queensland to house this specific tank.
Things To Do Near Mount Perry
If you’ve explored Mount Perry and are eager to continue your getaway in the surrounding areas, here are just some of the other things to do around Mount Perry:
- Bania National Park
- Snakes Down Under Zoo
- Bundaberg Rum Distillery
- Bundaberg Botanical Gardens
- Flying High Bird Park
- Explore Maryborough
- Hervey Bay whale tour
Where to stay in Mount Perry
Now you have your itinerary sorted with our guide of all things to do in Mount Perry, it’s time to begin planning your accommodation. Each individual has different needs for accommodation and although Mount Perry is a small town, there are a few options available:
- Mount Perry Federal Inn
- Mount Perry Grand Hotel
- Marchioness B&B Farmstay
- Mount Perry Caravan Park
- Nomad Nation
Where to eat at Mount Perry
If cooking during your stay doesn’t appeal to you, you’re in luck. Although Mount Perry only has a couple of options, you can opt for a takeaway meal or a pub meal:
- Mount Perry Federal Inn
- Mount Perry General Store and Takeaway
Final Thoughts: Our Experience at Mount Perry
Our journey to Mount Perry was a day trip. During this trip, we visited the Museum, the Boolboonda Tunnel, the Lookout, the Smelter site and the War Memorial. We can safely say the highlight of our trip was the Boolboonda Tunnel.
If you are looking for an adventurous getaway, Mount Perry isn’t for you. However, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and spend some time with the birds in the bushlands, Mount Perry is the perfect destination for you.
From our experience, Mount Perry is worth a visit (mostly for the Boolboonda Tunnel). The town can be explored within one day easily and is perfect to add to a road trip itinerary.
If we’ve missed any key attractions for things to do in Mount Perry, let us know in the comments below.
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