The town of Nebo was officially known as Fort Cooper; however, in 1923 the name was changed by popular demand to Nebo, derived from Nebo Creek. In the early years Nebo Township was strategically situated at the crossroads of the main south-to-north track and the east-to-west track now known as Peak Downs Highway. During the establishment decade, Nebo's primary production was dominated by sheep and wool growing. However, the area proved unsuitable for sheep and they were eventually replaced by cattle.
The district has had eight towns since 1865; Epsom on Mt Spenser Station, 30 kilometres east of Nebo Township; Hazeldean on Black Waterhole Creek, halfway between Mackay and Nebo; Elphinstone, at the northern end of Lake Elphinstone; Mt. Britton, the goldmining town on Oaky Creek; Dullawunna, a small village several kilometres along the Nebo/Mt. Britton Road; Blue Mountain, a settlement in the east of the area.
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In the early 1980s, a group of locals began the process of gathering relics from the past and put them together in a museum collection to celebrate the Shire's Centenary in 1983. Originally situated in the old Nebo Police Station, today's museum is a tribute and reminder of that effort and to the pioneers of the past. The museum is located in Reynolds Street.
Located approximately 35 minute's drive north-east of Nebo, the Mt Britton goldfield was discovered around 1880 with a town established in 1881. Officially, the town was not surveyed until three years later with the survey dividing the town area into 80 allotments.
At the height of the goldmining era in 1883, Mt Britton was a thriving township with a Post and Telegraph Office, Lands Office, School of the Arts, five hotels, five stores, four butchers and bakers, a Public Hall and Progress Association and population of 1500. By the time Mt. Britton was gazetted in 1884, the town was declining, with the best gold areas already mined. By 1887 most of the businesses closed. The mining company ceased operations in 1890.
Although the buildings are gone, Isaac Regional Council has established high quality interpretive signage with photographs on appropriate sites allowing visitors to capture the experience of the past bustling goldmining centre. A mining display and several rustic shelters containing high quality period prints and information on Mt. Britton also exist at this site.
The area to the north of the township site still has a number of small working mines.
Nebo's heritage listed hotel still retains great character and hasn't changed much since it was built overlooking Nebo Creek in 1862. The current structure replaced the original slab hut hotel some years later, still under its original name, the Fort Cooper Hotel. It was renamed the Nebo Hotel in 1948. The dance hall is gone, but the spirit still survives. Located in Reynolds Street it is well worth a visit just to soak up some history and enjoy a cool ale.
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Come and visit and immerse yourself in the history and culture of this small community at Nebo. Be amazed by the many metres of historic art, see how the local miners lived in the past and how they live today.
The Nebo murals stretch for over 260 metres, depicting significant people and events in Australian history. Murals in the collection include: Lieutenant (Captain) James Cook, Buried Alive: The First Five Years of White Settlement, The Thrill of Bringing in the herd: A tribute to Sir Sydney Kidman, Australians at War, Images of Mt Britton – a gold rush town, and many more.
Dine in real ‘Aussie' style at the Frontier Bar and Grill. Converted from the original shed the Tavern offers a large range of delicious dishes prepared by our qualified chefs. For bookings phone: 07 4950 5299.