Peak Hill – fossils and gold

We stopped over in Peak Hill to see the largest fish fossil in the world: 4.5 metre long Xiphactinus.

Replica of Large Fossil Fish in the world
Replica of Large Fossil Fish in the world

Slightly disappointingly, it is a model of a fossil found in Kentucky. However, I could not tell the difference, and it beautifully captures the detail, so I enjoyed it nonethless. There were also “real” trilobites…


sea ferns….


… and smaller, but real, fish fossils.


It’s a small collection, but worth a view if you are in town or passing through.

Peak Hill also has a gold mine.


It was worked originally in the nineteenth century for a few months, and then again early this century for six years. There still is a lot of gold, but it is not economic to extract at present.