7 of the BEST things to do in Moranbah and the Isaac region (Central Queensland)

  • Sunrise at Wolfang Peak
  • Camping under the stars at Clairview
  • Kangaroos with Mt Funnel in the background
  • Boatramp at Clairview

Off the beaten track adventure lovers and photographers, get ready to add a new region to your must-visit list. Think hikes over ancient volcanic peaks, 4WDing along epic beach tracks and exploring inland waterways. Dreaming of dazzling night skies and roaring campfires? This place has got them all!

Welcome to the best things to do around Moranbah and the Isaac region in central Queensland!

Multiple mountain peaks to hike:

1. Gemini Peaks

Halfway between Moranbah and Clermont on the Peak Downs highway are the impressive twin peaks of Mount Castor and Mount Pollux. They form part of the Peak Range National Park with the volcanic mountains here dating back around 30million years.

If you’d like to hike Mt Pollux, I'd recommend checking out the directions included in the Isaac Region visitor guide, they can be found on page 11 and the guide is available to download here.  It's a challenging hike with some scrambling involved so good footwear is a must and bring plenty of water.  

The northern side has the gentlest gradient and previous hikers have marked out a bit of a trail from the base to the top with a series of pink ribbons but over time some of these have disappeared.

There is mobile phone reception in places as well, mainly at the peak, so you can post a selfie from the top!

The views from the hike are absolutely incredible, there’s one spot on the way up on the northern side of Mt Pollux that overlooks Mt Castor that is well worth stopping to take a few photos at.

Once you’re at the top, there’s spectacular 360° views for as far as the eye can see and you’ll be able to spot Wolfang Peak to the south as well. My favourite time to do this is in the late afternoon, the sunsets from the peak are stunning. Just make sure you allow yourself enough time to get back down the mountain before it gets dark. If you’re going to bring your drone to get some aerial views up here, be mindful of the eagle that likes to patrol the skies over Mt Pollux.

If you can time your hike to coincide with some recent rain, the landscape will be at its most vibrant and green. 

Lords Table Mountain

2. Lords Table Mountain

The most striking of all the peaks around the Isaac in my opinion is Lords Table Mountain. As you’re driving along the Dysart Clermont Road, the flat topped summit stretches out for kilometres in front of you. It then dips down to a smaller plateau that runs right up to the side of the highway.

There’s no official hiking track but if you check out Wikiloc, a couple of users have marked out their trails that you can research here.

Late afternoon is my favourite time to photograph this peak and we even stayed out til 1am one evening shooting some astro-photography and the Milky Way as it descended over the peaks.

Wolfang Peak

3. Wolfang Peak

Speaking of astro-photography, my favourite spot to shoot the Milky Way in the Isaac is Wolfang Peak. Shaped like a giant fang, this distinctive peak is the most well known and most photographed of all the peaks in the Isaac.

It’s only a 15min drive up the road from the Gemini Peaks to here and just like Lords Table Mountain, it also runs very close to the highway. As it is so close to the highway, of an evening the headlights from trucks and cars going past tend to light up the peak which can be very handy depending on the type of shot you’re after.

There’s an old windmill that I love to use in the foreground of the shot as well, I’d recommend coming out here during the afternoon to scope out a few spots before it gets dark. June and July are a great time to shoot the Milky Way here, the core pops up over the horizon around sunset and it’s a pretty spectacular show as the night progresses.

Clairview

Coastal getaways

4. Camping at Clairview

One of the first things I like to do when researching a new destination is to jump on Google Maps and check out what the area looks like from above. The first thing you’ll notice when you do this for Clairview is how incredibly blue the water around it is!

To see the best of the blues here at Clairview, you’ll need to be here at high tide. The tides have quite a large range and at low tide the water recedes a very long way so you won’t get the same stunning blues then. At high tide though you’ll be treated to some fantastic photo opportunities.

The best spot to base yourself in Clairview to make the most of these beautiful views is the Barracrab Caravan Park. It’s located right on the beach with a boat ramp just next door. There’s powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites along the waterfront or if you prefer a little more comfort then there are also bungalows. The Barracrab also has a great restaurant and bar so you can sit back with a delicious meal and a few cold drinks and enjoy the amazing views at breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Cape Palmerston

5. 4wd at Cape Palmerston

Cape Palmerston is heaven for 4wd adventurers! The 17km return drive takes you along beautiful beaches, rocky headlands, past mangrove lined swamps and eucalypt forests before finishing up at the top of Cape Palmerston with epic views over the Coral Sea. You can also camp here at several spots including Windmill Bay and Cape Creek if you’d like to spend a few days exploring this iconic area.

The tides here can vary up to 6meters so always check the tide times before hitting the beach and Qld Parks have maps and info on park alerts available here.

There’s also a great caravan park nearby, the Cape Palmerston Holiday Park, with powered and unpowered sites as well as glamping bungalows and lots of friendly kangaroos.

Theresa Creek Dam

Explore the inland waterways

6. Theresa Creek Dam

A little oasis just outside Clermont, Theresa Creek Dam is popular for fishing, water skiing and camping. They have a handy little kiosk with food and drinks available and all the camping and caravan sites are unpowered.

During the late afternoon, keep an eye out for the Rainbow Lorikeets that love coming right up to the camp sites and if you’re into bird photography there’s lots of opportunities to get photos of them as well as kookaburras, pelicans, cockatoos and waterbirds.

For boaties, the dam has 2 ramps and is a great spot to catch barramundi, perch and red claw crayfish.

Bush Heli joy flights

Amazing aerial views

7. Bush Heli joy flights

An unforgettable way to see all these sensational Isaac spots is from the air with Bush Heli Services. Based in Clermont, Jamie Bush offers chartered flights around the region and the views from above are out of this world.

Whether it’s photographing the Peak Range mountains from a bird’s eye view, flying over the beautiful beaches along the coast or being mesmerised by the patterns of the farming crops below, a joy flight with Jamie is a photographer’s dream day out.

If it’s your first time taking photos from a helicopter, I’d recommend using a fast shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second. This helps combat motion blur and vibration.

What are your favourite things to do in Moranbah and the Isaac Region?

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