We have been doing a great deal of armchair traveling for the last few months in isolation. Happily, restrictions are now easing and we are being encouraged to take to the roads as grey nomads or tourists. In particular, we are encouraged to visit the smaller townships to jump-start their flagging economy.
On this level there is no township smaller than Cracow Queensland, which has a population of less than 35, although there is little opportunity to spread any financial largess, other than the one retail establishment for 50 kilometres, and that is the Cracow Hotel.
Having said that, Cracow itself is well worth a visit. And here’s why.
Cracow is a formally accepted ghost town – in the sense of being deserted. It’s also an active gold mining town with over 200 fly in fly out workers. The Cracow Hotel is run by Fred Brophy, who runs the last remaining traveling boxing tent, and the pub itself is – well you really have to see it yourself. You’ll find a number of surprises inside. Indeed celebrities like Ian Mcnamara, Dick Smith, and Richard Branson have done just that. And left their signatures on the walls to prove it.
My first visit was in May 2018. This was to accompany a film producer checking out the town as the location for the Comedy Horror, Two Heads Creek. An English / Australian Co-Pro starring Kathleen Wilder, Jordon Waller, Kerry Armstrong, and Gary Sweet, with lots of local extras eaten up with ambition
The Director and other Producer undertook the grueling Melbourne to Brisbane then 6 hour trip north, and found the town perfect: for murder and mayhem. I won’t give a spoiler, but you can see from the poster above it covers quite a few bases. Some worthy of the occasional chuckle – or scream. Take your pick.
And the good news is that Producer Judd Tilyard has intentions of opening up a regional film center in Cracow – so movie buffs put it on your calendar. Who knows, you could even finish up being IN the movie, instead of watching it.
For some fascinating audio about the filming of Two Heads Creek, go to the G’Day from Oz PodBlog page for Filming in Cracow