Clermont is a small town on the Gregory Highway that is also the Melbourne to Cairns inland route. Clermont though is a long way from Carters Towers. Be sure your tanks are full when leaving to the north.
Ludwig Leichhardt was the first European to pass through the Clermont area in 1845, but it was the discovery of gold in 1861 that was responsible for the establishment of the town.In the 1880s up to 4000 Chinese people were resident in Clermont, mining for gold and copper. This led to racial riots and the Chinese were removed from the region in 1888.
The town was originally established on low lying ground next to a lagoon or billabong, but flooding was always a problem. The greatest flood, in 1916, killed 65 people out of a town population of 1,500 and remains one of Australia's worst natural disasters in terms of life lost.
Today, Clermont is a major hub for the large coal mines in the region as well as serving agricultural holdings.