The tiny settlement of Moorina (10 km west) was originally a tin
mining centre. It now has a virtually non-existent population. The only
interesting landmark in the town is the solitary Chinese headstone and
small ‘oven’ in the cemetery (turn off the main road
– it is clearly signposted) which recall the fact that in the
late nineteenth century hundreds of Chinese arrived in the area to work
in the tin mines. Moorina was once known as Krushkas Bridge (after the
Krushka brothers who settled in the area and opened the Derby mine) but
was later renamed Moorina, after Truganini’s sister.
Branxholm (7 km west) is a small timber, hop growing and
agricultural town, which was a bustling mining town a century ago. Mt
Horror, surrounded by extensive pine and gum plantations, has excellent
scenic views; there are some top fishing spots along the banks of the
Ringarooma River. Of historical interest is the disused Mt Paris Dam
(right) which has been emptied and left abandoned in the bush.