The Southeast Queensland 'Leichhardt Trail'
Let's begin with an overview of Leichhardt's travels in 1843 and 1844 ~ the yellow stars on this map highlight key locations from this time. We're working on making this an interactive map, with links to images and text, and soundfiles of extracts from Leichhardt's diaries, journal and letters, and to tourism websites today. This resource will, we hope, become very 'rich' indeed (once we work out how best to do it!), so be sure to come back and visit; in the meantime, here is a more limited preview of what's in store.
In his explorations in 1843 from his base at Durundur Station (present-day Woodford), Leichhardt roamed north through the ranges as far as Tiaro in the Wide Bay region. You can find out more about how his memory was honoured in his Bicentenary Year 2013 by clicking here.
The map also shows Leichhardt's other key 'bases' in both 1843 and 1844 ~ the station properties at Cecil Plains and Jimbour ~ as well as the route from the latter of his 'great overland expedition' to Port Essington. While we're in the region, the dotted grey line indicates the start of Leichhardt's fateful (and fatal) final journey of 1848, from Cecil Plains homestead out to his last recorded sighting at Mt Abundance, near today's Muckadilla.
Orientation: click on this map to open a larger version (in this window) and get your bearings. We've collected a fascinating range of information for each of the starred locations on this map, and you can navigate to 17 different destination pages via the stylised map underneath.
Destinations: the stylised map below shows the approximate driving time (in hours) from Brisbane to each of the locations above. You can click on each of the location 'hot spots' below to go to a page full of information, images, tourist information and much more! (Each location will open in its own new window; this map uses Adobe Flash Player ~ download the latest version here.)
We have more content to add on each of these fascinating locations, so please come back and visit this page again soon!
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