The Modern Gold Rush - 2

Explore Palmerville Station and experience Australian history at its finest.

It’s the real North Queensland outback experience.

Pack your bags and camping equipment and trek on up to Cannibal Creek Camp, part of Palmerville Station, where you can immerse yourself in local activities such as fossicking, goldfield training, barramundi fishing and 4×4 adventures.


  • Historic Mount Molloy

  • James Mulligan’s  Pioneer Grave

  • Explore Palmer River Back Country

  • Traditional Owners ‘Welcome to Country’

  • Palmerville Gold Fossickers Camp

  • Gold Fossicking with Guide

  • Old Maytown Ruins

  • Alexandra Mine and Battery Relics

  • Barra Fishing option

  • and much more...

This exciting destination can offer you so much and will leave you with bucket loads of wonderful new memories

3 Days
Maximum Tour Size
Physical Rating
Medium +

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In 1873 prospector James Venture Mulligan came to the Palmer River and unearthed 102 ounces of gold. His discovery led to one of the last great goldrushes in Australia which saw 17,000 hopeful prospectors exploring the Palmer River region searching for their own fortune in gold.

On this tour into the Palmer River region, learn of aboriginal history, discover Maytown Gold town relics and maybe ever uncover your very own fortune in gold.


Day 1 - 15 August 2022

Port Douglas to Palmerville Gold               Meals LD

Departs Port Douglas 7:00am

Following motel pick-ups your luxury 10 seat 4X4 tour coach will travel inland to the former mining town of Mount Molloy. A former publican in Mount Molloy, James Mulligan, was instrumental in the gold rush which exploded in the Palmer River region in the 1870’s. Even though James Mulligan was a publican he actually didn’t drink! James was killed at the pub trying to break up a fight. We will visit his grave in the local cemetery prior to departing town.

Travel along the Mulligan Highway through Mount Carbine and on to Palmer River Roadhouse. Take this opportunity to enjoy a refreshing drink and a wander through the small museum housing Palmer Goldfield relics.

Our trail to Palmerville Gold traverses some ruggedly beautiful country. It would have been a real challenge for the prospectors making their way to the goldfields.

Our hosts will greet us at Palmerville Gold, located near Cannibal Creek. On arrival, check into your ensuite cabins while lunch is prepared by your eXpedition10 crew.

This afternoon, visit the old mining site village of Maytown. Wandering through the old streets, try to imagine what it would have been like living in such a remote location during the golden years with its shady characters and everyone hellbent on finding gold, while trying to survive the unbearable humid wet seasons and harsh dry’s.

Back at Palmerville Gold there’ll be time to freshen up and to prepare for a special visit from one of the Traditional Owners who will welcome us to country and share stories around the campfire.

Accommodation Palmerville Gold Ensuite Cabins

Day 2 - 16 August 2022

In Search of Palmerville Gold       Meals BLD

Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then reboard the coach to travel to the goldfields where we will spend the best part of the day fossicking and detecting with the latest gold detecting equipment and accompanied by very experienced guide who will share their knowledge and giving us the very best opportunity to find this elusive, highly sought precious metal – GOLD! Lunch will be prepared on the site by your eXepition10 crew to give you maximum time in the field to find your fortune and return to camp with a heavier load.

Freshen up for dinner before returning to the camp fire to share stories of today’s experiences in the gold field.

Accommodation Palmerville Gold Ensuite Cabins

Day 3 - 17 August 2022

Back to Port Douglas       Meals BL

This morning there will be time for more fossicking, exploring or, for any fishing enthusiasts, try their luck barramundi fishing in one of the lily fringed Palmerville lakes. There have been reports of huge fish being caught here. Good Luck. You never know, we may even be able to cook up a fresh fish lunch. Soon after lunch, return to Port Douglas awash with knowledge and (hopefully) wealthier in GOLD!



  • Pick Up Port Douglas Accommodation

  • Spacious 10 seat 4X4 Touring Coach

  • Fully Equipped 4X4 Support Vehicle


  • 2 nights Ensuite Cabins


  • 2 Breakfasts

  • 3 Lunches

  • 2 Dinners

All Attractions listed in itinerary (other than those stated optional)

3 Days
Maximum Tour Size
Physical Rating
Medium +
AUD $1,873
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