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After gold-bearing quartz was found in 1886, gold miners worked up the Owen River, though little evidence remains today apart from the names of many of the side streams. From SH6, drive up the Owen Valley East Rd to the Carrol Creek car park, from where an old dray road follows the river to the Bulmer Creek junction. A marked track climbs steeply up a spur to Sunrise Peak. It is possible to continue through the waterless and wild karst country to Mt Owen in a long day trip. Route finding through the spectacular eroded limestone and marble can be rather time consuming.
Owen River Route