Situated west of the Newcastle Range on the Etheridge River, Georgetown is the administrative centre for the Etheridge Shire. A thriving gold hub at its peak in the 1870’s, Georgetown was named in honour of the local gold commissioner Howard St George. The area still yields gold nuggets and semi-precious stones including topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm, aquamarine and sapphires. The area was known as “Poor Man’s Goldfield” because gold nuggets could be picked up from the ground without expensive equipment. Today the town is also a service centre for local pastoralists and mining operations.
Stroll around this outback town to see the restored Shire Hall in St George Street, Savannah House, Masonic Temple, Catholic Church and the cemetery.
There is also a signed Georgetown River Walk featuring local bird life.
The free public swimming pool is open all year round in daylight hours.