Featuring comfortable and well appointed
motel accommodation with exceptional
service including fully licensed restaurant.
Rooms feature: reverse cycle air conditioning
tea and coffee making facilities, cable TV,
iron and board, direct dial phones.
Guest facilities include: swimming pool,
room service, guest laundry.
Smart Stayzzz Inns is the newest motel in town! Great position, walking distance to town centre, cafes, hotels, parks and picnic areas.
Our rooms are comfortably appointed, containing queen beds and quality fittings; reverse cycle air-conditioning, large work desk with comfortable chair, double lounge, tea and coffee making facilities, toaster, AUSTAR and complimentary wireless internet. We offer room service breakfast (hot or continental), lunch packs and a charge-back facility for evening meals from the restaurant at the Clermont Motor Inn's (directly opposite).
Room Types: Executive Queen, Executive Twin Share, two room interconnecting family units and a functional disabled unit.
The town of Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia, having a colourful past, rich in drama and laced with tragedy. It was the first inland settlement in the tropics, making it a frontier town in the truest sense of the word.
It was in 1861 that the owners of Langton Downs sent a party of shepherds to the lagoon at the edge of the flood plain. Their task was to build huts, but having had experience as prospectors, the men soon found payable gold in the area.
The first influx of miners occurred in 1862, pitching camp alongside what was to be called Hood's Lagoon (after one of the owners of Langton Station). By 1864, the town reserve was declared in the name of Clermont. It is believed the town drew its name from Clermont-Ferrand in France, the home of Oscar de Satge who at the time was the owner of Wolfang Downs.
Some of that frontier atmosphere can still be found in Clermont without having to look for too long. Hidden amongst the new prosperity are the remnants of earlier times, from the days of gold rushes, and copper mines, timbergetters and shearers, stockmen and squatters. Mining development brought many of the consumer comforts of the town, but the attitude of the people is still one of rugged individualism.
For information on what to see in Clermont, please call the Clermont Visitor Information Centre....
In 1861 copper was discovered four miles south-west of Clermont and Queensland's first copper mine, Peak Downs Copper Mining Company was born. By December 1864 the first shipment of copper was destined for Broadsound on bullock drawn drays and within 15 years a total of 17,000 tons of refined copper sold.
In 1874, the Municipality of Copperfield was declared and the town was bustling with over 2000 Chinese, Welsh and Australian residents and the town comprised of 370 dwellings, 31 miles of roads and streets incorporating two banks, a baker, three butchers, three blacksmiths, six stores, a saddler, two auctioneers, a cordial maker and six hotels, school of arts, a newsagent and its own newspaper, Copperfield Miner.
By 1892 the population had declined to 85 and the copper mine closed in 1907. All that remains today of Copperfield is the store, cemetery and chimney. The rich history of the town and its pioneers was instrumental in shaping the mining industry of today. These landmarks demonstrate the development and decline of Copperfield as a copper mine and commercial centre from the 1860s to the 1970s and it is unusual for stores in mining towns to outlive the remainder of the settlement.