One of the earliest townships in the region, Comet is located at the junction of the Nogoa, Mackenzie and Comet Rivers. Originally called Cometville, the town takes its name from the river, named by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who made observations of Comet Wilmot (C/1844 Y2) in the area on 29 December 1844.
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.