The locals road report for the Peak Downs Highway "loads of mining traffic, heaps of roadworks". With this in mind we decided to take the back roads between Emerald and Mackay.
This area is dotted with coal mines and small mining towns.
We passed through Tieri and Middlemount. Tidy, quaint little places, full of miners. We had originally planned to spend the night in Nebo as the brochures showed an older looking town. We were greeted by another mining town full of dongas and miners.
With no appealing places to camp we decided to press on and try to make it to Eungella NP.
Turning onto an unnamed back road we came across a sign for Moonlight Dam Camping Area, in Homevale NP. We made a hard right, drove down a narrow gravel track to a beautiful little campground.
We were lucky enough to have the whole area to ourselves. It appears the camp ground doesn't get used very much. Maybe cause nobody has heard of it.
A top night in a top spot.