Now on Highway One and heading west after Ravenshoe we come upon the first of the small towns as we head for Normanton and Kuramba. Like many of the towns in this area Mount Garnet too owes it beginnings to the old mining era. Mount Garnet is less pretentious in regard to that past affiliation.
Mount Garnet is a small town and was built as a mining community in the 1800s and several minerals can be found in the area, including tin, copper and garnet. The Mountain itself, situated a few hundred metres from the state school, was a main vein of tin and garnet in the late 1800s. Open mine shafts still litter the mountain only covered with sheets of tin. A beautiful landscape neglected by proper care, a definite tourist attraction for the common hiker.