One of the earliest townships in the region, this small rural town is a service centre for the local farming community. Comet is located at the junction of the Nogoa, Mackenzie and Comet Rivers – the town draws its name from the Comet River. The river itself was named after Ludwig Leichhardt’s observation of Haley’s Comet in the skies during his travels through Central Queensland in the late 1800’s.
Here you can see the tree trunk that Ludwig Leichhardt marked with ‘Dig’ during his exploration of the region in 1844. ‘Dig’ indicated to those who followed that he had buried food and journals in this spot.
Enjoy a quiet drink on the shady verandah of the historic Comet River Hotel, and watch the world go by.