Field Trips

Herberton Half-Day Trip

Wednesday 26th June, afternoon

This half-day trip to the historic tin mining township of Herberton will incorporate a visit to the information-packed Herberton Mining Museum, and a short walk around the site of the historical Great Northern tin mine, which operated from 1880 to 1956.  Afternoon tea will be provided by the Herberton branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association.


1.30pmBus Departs Tinaroo for Herberton Mining Museum
2.30 - 4pmMining Museum and viewing of the historical site of Great Northern Tin Mine
Afternoon Tea included
4pmBus departs Herberton and returns to Tinaroo

The trip to Herberton is part of the Roger Taylor session in the conference program, and is included in conference registration fees.

Organisation of this half-day trip  has been greatly assisted by volunteers at the Herberton Mining Museum and the Tablelands Regional Council.

Requirements: good walking shoes, hat, recommended long pants and long sleeve shirt

One-Day Field Trip - Mount Carbine Tungsten Mine


Friday 28th June, all day

This is an optional one-day field trip that will travel north from Tinaroo to the tungsten mine sat Mount Carbine, then east via Julatten to the coast at Port Douglas, and then down the coastal Captain Cook Highway to finish in Cairns.

This field trip to the Mount Carbine mine site is an optional extra and is not included in the conference registration fees; delegate numbers are limited.


8 - 9.30amBus departs Tinaroo Lake Resort to travel to Mount Carbine via Mount Molloy
9.30 - 10amRest Stop Mount Molloy area
10 - 10.30amTravel Mount Molloy to Mount Carbine
10.30am - 1.30pmMount Carbine Mine Site
1.30 - 2pmTravel Mount Carbine  to Mount Molloy
2 - 3pmLunch - National Hotel Mount Molloy
3  - 5pmTravel to Cairns via Captain Cook Highway
5 - 6pm**Arrive Cairns Airport, disburse travellers and bus returns to Tinaroo
** Bus arrival time at the airport is subject to traffic and unforeseen incidents. Please consider this when booking your departure flight from Cairns.

Field Trip Requirements: safety boots (steel cap), long sleeve shirt, long pants (high-vis if possible), sun hat, water bottle.

EGRU will supply hard hats, safety glasses and high-vis vests.

The Mount Carbine deposit is the largest sheeted quartz vein type-W deposit in Australia and, in the late 1980s, accounted for over 40% of Australia's annual W production. Mineralisation at Mount Carbine occurs largely in steeply dipping sheeted quartz ± feldspar ± muscovite veins haloed by chlorite-sericite alteration. The tungsten mineralisation is mainly in wolframite with minor later scheelite. Five stages of veining have been recognised, with significant mineralisation occurring in two of the stages (Cheng, 2018).

The Mount Carbine deposit was the subject of a recent metallogenic study by EGRU researchers. High precision dating of mineralisation and magmatic rocks at Mount Carbine, along with data from other tungsten, tin and gold deposits, highlighted and differentiated several magmatic and mineralising episodes in north-east Queensland.

The mine visit is made possible through  the generosity of Speciality Metals International Limited, and organisation of the field trip has been greatly assisted by Darcy Milburn, consultant to Speciality Metals.

NOTE: For those who require transport back to the Tinaroo Resort, you can remain on the bus and be dropped off at the resort after the trip concludes in Cairns.  (If you require accommodation at the resort Friday night 28th please ensure you advise the resort as the conference rate will not apply)

(Image: courtesy of Darcy Milburn)