Dysart is a relative young town, constructed as a service town for the nearby Norwich Park coal mine. Today it still services many nearby mines, including Lake Vermont, Saraji and Peak Downs. A number of mining camps exist within the town.
View an operational coal mine, Peak Downs. From the roadside you can catch a glimpse of large mining machinery, such as drag lines, in operation. Tours are available at this mine once a month through Isaac Regional Council.
Be greeted by a belly dump truck and coal wagon at the entrance to Dysart, in a specially constructed park on the Northern end of town. These monuments were placed in recognition of the coal and rail industry, and to celebrate Dysart’s 25th anniversary in 1998.
Visit the restored Mt Orange Copper Smelter chimney, a 54ft high stack and firebox. The smelter was originally erected in 1879 for the treatment of ore from Keeley’s selection and operated until 1910 when it was officially closed down. There is a plaque depicting the history of the smelter as a monument to the early mining days.
Dysart is a friendly community, with public services including schools, a hospital and emergency services. It is an ideal location to spend a night while on an inland road trip with many accommodation options. Amenities and services include sporting facilities, parks, shaded skate park, recreational centre, public swimming pool, grocery store, petrol stations, restaurants and cafes.
An array of wildlife can often be seen on rural roads surrounding the town, including camels, kangaroos and emus. Many koalas call Dysart home in eucalyptus trees within the town, as well as an array of delightful bird life.
Nearby Lords Table Mountain in Peak Range National Park is an ideal location for an outback picnic or to watch a beautiful sunset.