April 2019 we travelled along the old Wee MacGregor Mine road. The bad hill, (Gutsake Hill) was not too bad. Gutsake hill it self is only for 4WD vehicles , it has lots of big holes.(washouts). The road itself is rough, some parts were bad, where people were on this road when it was wet, and they cut it up.
Where to find it on the Wee Macgregor Road. travelling along this road you will come to a old mine camp to your right. Going pass that there is a water tank on the side of the road. Next you will come to a creek bed, as you go through the creek, there is a road of it to your left.. Drive as far as you can on this road.
Walk Up the Creek.
Walk up the creek, for about 20 minutes, on your left you will see a cave at the bottom of a hill, on your left. You have reached Crystal Mountain, walk around to the left of the hill, and then climb up. You will see Crystals other people have dug up.
Finding Good Crystal.
If you want to find nice Crystals start digging. the crystal are in the red dirt.
Wee Macgregor mine, I can remember going out there in the early 70s to visit friends, in those days it was a working the mine.
The good old days when the Wee Macgregor mine was worked, the mining companies graded the road, they looked after them. Wee Macgregor Mine road at the end of 2015 was for 4 wheel drives only. A lot of books video tell you to turn off 48 kilometres out of Mount Isa. you go over a grid. This road takes you to Mount Frosty also. If you don’t know how to drive your 4 wheel drive do not go this way, the road is very rough.
Wee Macgregor Mine Road is for 4 wheel drives only.
The turn off to Wee Macgregor Mine is 48 kilometres from Mt Isa. Then there is, at less 2 hours of rough dirt roads ( and I mean Rough).very big wash out to deal with. There is one spot that you go up a hill, which is very rough, But the other side of the hill is more rough, very, very rough. We have heard of people getting stuck on the hill, because the are to frighten to drive down the hill, and can not reverse back.
It took us two hours to go 13 kilometres on this road, because it is very rough.
Our local Tourism does not upgrade the roads, but there do put signs up, in some areas of the outback- bush, that are of interest. Like old mine sites.
Yes There is another way to Wee Macgregor mine.
The turn off is nearly half way between towns. 58 kl east of Mount Isa And 60 kl west of Cloncurry. Next to the turn off, on the other side off the road ,there is a camping ground. In the winter month it is full off caravans. Free Camping. Summer months no one camps.
This road has not been grader for a while, because the mineral prices are down, and no mining companies are working out this way. Go on this road for 12kl, and you have to look for the turn off to right.
A You Tube video on Mt Isa in 1965. Nothing much has changed. Still big companies like Mount Isa Mine, Xstrata and Glencore sucking as much as they can get out of our land. Xstrata and Glencore are not Australian companies. But over government let them do what they want.
Wee Macgregor is and old cooper mine between Mt Isa and Cloncurry.
There is more than two ways to get to the Wee Macgregor Mine.
Wee Macgregor Mine has been lease again, by some mining company, so you are not to go out there.
On the way to Wee Macgregor mine you have Maltese Crosses and Crystal Mountain, to look for Gemstones.
Half way between Mt Isa and Cloncurry there is a Rest Area, across the road there is a sign to Rose Bud Station. That is the road to takes, you can go to Fountain springs this way. At around 11km along this road , there is a track to your right, it take you along a fence line, T insection go right it is about a good 3/4 hour trip in, until you come to a cattle yard, left is Maltese Crosses , Wee Macgregor Mine,and right is Crystal Mountain.