Mount Perry settlement began in the late 1840s with the taking up of large sheep grazing stations, mining activity began in the 1860s and the discovery of rich copper deposits led to a mining boom. Today there is still mining activity in the town. Mount Perry is a small town and locality in the North Burnett Region in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Mount Perry had a population of 538 people.
The town is nestled in a valley near Mount Perry, the area’s highest mountain. The Normanby Lookout is located on Normanby Range Road off Towns Creek Road from the Gin Gin-Mount Perry Road and offers views of the Mount Perry Township and the surrounding countryside. Schuh’s Lookout is on Schuhs Lookout Road off the Monto-Mount Perry Road at the top of the range, offering views south of Mount Perry
The locality takes its name from Mount Perry pastoral run which was named in 1857. Originally there were two private towns known as Fife-Barnett and the town of Tenningering. Tenningering was renamed Mount Perry on 14 January 1915. There is a Caravan Park here, sites from $35, and a great café which seems to be popular with locals as well as travellers and workers from the active goldmines whose company drives a bus load down for lunch. There is a Community Centre, a Hotel and the Showgrounds with camping at $10 and $20 for powered. I stayed at the Showgrounds with its beautiful treed walks and open buildings for shelter and shade, and hot showers and public amenities. Mount Perry has an art gallery and a bicentennial museum with active historic gold stamper (demonstrations on request). There is a government-run health centre and a 9-hole golf course. There is a general store, petrol station and post office (with bank agency), a primary school, motel and a hotel.
Mount Perry is a rural farming area, primarily for raising cattle. Gold mining continues as an important industry. Evolution Mining owns and operates Mt Rawdon Mine which is a gold and silver mine with annual community tours. Mount Perry has historic copper workings. The Mount Perry Race Club runs horse racing events