Towns in Australia

Exploring Australia, town by town

Nebo QLD


Postcode: 4742

Nebo is a small town in Queensland, Australia, located 100 km south-west of the city of Mackay on the Peak Downs Highway.

Pastoralists settled in the Nebo region as early as the 1860s. The district was named by explorer William Landsborough, after the Babylonian god Nabu (Hebrew: Nebo).

The local economy has traditionally relied on agriculture. Coal-mining also plays a significant role in the local economy, with eleven coal mines located in the Nebo district.

Nebo Shire is rich in historical adventure with connections to gold mining at Mount Britton, sheep farming, the cattle industry, as well as the Bicentennial National Trail and the explorer William Landsborough.

Opened in the early 1980s is the Nebo Shire Museum. This museum is the result of many locals coming together to gather relics and information on the Shire’s past. Nebo Shire has a diverse and interesting history and this can be viewed by visiting the museum.

Payable gold was discovered in 1881 at Mount Britton, and within a few weeks a bustling township blossomed. Many enterprising people moved to the area and played a large part in the development of the region. Their interesting tales and experiences are well worth discovering.