Duchess is a very elegant name for a small town in Outback Queensland, Located 123 kilometres south west of Cloncurry and approx 900km west of the City of Townsville. In the early days Duchess was an important railway and mining town which has declined since the advent of road transport. Today, the glory days can be relived over a drink or two at the local Duchess Hotel where the beer and stories flow. The old Duchess Mine and the old lime quarry a little further out of town remain as reminders of more heady days. Nearby landmarks include Black Mountain, Mount Aplin, Mount Birnie and Mount Bruce.