The Morven Clara Creek 4x4 Stock Route Trail will lead you to discover the Clara Creek Hotel Ruins. Follow the trail to discover a part of Queensland that dates back to 1882. Clara Creek was a thriving and busy hotel, the focus of life in the area; today just the ruins remain to remind us of its past glory. The trail takes you along Stock Routes and less commonly used roads around Morven. Discover old stock water holes, an age old bridge (that was once painted with a tooth brush to prove a bet), and areas where thousands of Merino sheep used to graze. You will need to collect a trail guide from either the Charleville or Morven Visitor Information Centres. This trail contains washed-out areas and also bitumen road. Please note this track can be closed for maintenance and for up to two weeks after rain.
In semi-arid, south-western Queensland, Tregole National Park straddles the boundary between two of the state's natural regions, the brigalow belt and the mulga lands. The park protects a small, almost pure stand of ooline Cadellia pentastylis, an attractive dry rainforest tree dating back to the Ice Ages. Ooline has been extensively cleared and is now uncommon and considered vulnerable to extinction. Tregole's ooline forest survives in the less than ideal semi-arid conditions. Mulga grows on the ridges while poplar box woodlands cover the alluvial plains, brigalow woodlands grow on areas with heavy clay soils and Mitchell grasslands are found on the park's undulating plains.
Step back in time where every day early Outback life is on display. The small but delightful Morven Museum, Kerosene Tin Hut and Miniature Pioneer Village contains some fascinating memorabilia. A must see is the miniature replica pioneer township. Painstakingly recreated over 15 years, buildings that have long gone have been preserved. The attention to detail of the buildings and the early building techniques makes this display a unique attraction. The Museum also has a collection of Aboriginal grinding stones, stone axe heads, spears, columns and boomerangs. In the grounds there is the 'tin hut', built of kerosene tins which is a testament to Outback ingenuity.
With a population of less than 250, Morven is thought to be named after a mountain and town of the same name in Scotland. Captain T.J. Saddlier and his wife arrived in the area in the 1860s and camped on a deep waterhole of nearby Hamburg Creek. This waterhole was later to become Morven's water supply and provided irrigation for a large Chinese market garden. It now only fills after rain storms. A hotel was established near the waterhole to service the Cobb and Co. Coach route. Passengers, drovers and bullock drivers all took advantage of the relative comfort of the Hotel. By 1887, Morven had three more hotels, a railway station and school. As the town grew the waterhole could not supply enough water, and bores were sunk into the Great Artesian Basin. Today, Saddliers Waterhole and Hamburg Creek are a traveller's oasis. The large red river gums provide shade and make it a great place for visitors to relax and wash away the cares of long day's travel.