Paved in Gold
Forsayth’s history, much like that of the rest of the Gulf Savannah, is paved in gold. Opened up by gold prospectors in the late 1800s, Forsayth is only a small part of the Etheridge Goldfields. It is one of three townships to survive in the area. Gold nuggets were said to be plentiful and easily found on the ground of what was known as the ‘poor man’s’ goldfield.
Simple shacks made of corrugated iron and timber dotted the landscape. They were built in this way so they could easily be taken down and moved on as the fortunes of the town rose and fell on the back of this golden commodity. Today, the town consists of approximately 90 people. It is located 40km south of Georgetown and 70km west of Einasleigh and is a 4.5-hour drive from Cairns. It is set among picturesque granite, volcanic and sandstone hills and ranges.
Today, there are still a few active small scale mining leases producing gold. Sadly, mine buildings and equipment were constructed and disassembled and moved to new locations as required, leaving behind only the shafts and open cut mine works.
Some old mining relics such as ore carts, railway lines and mine machine components have been recovered by locals. These are on display in the park opposite the Goldfields Hotel, which is a licensed pub serving home-style meals, as well as offering pub rooms, a mini mart and fuel. For more information visit www.visitforsayth.com.au