THE OUTBACK - JULIA CREEK
The Overlander's Way traces the paths of our droving heroes who herded their cattle from Queensland through to the grazing lands in the Northern Territory. This is a land of vast cattle stations, rugged plains and dramatic basalt landscapes, magnificent gorges and abundant wildlife, big skies and far horizons. Its people are friendly and always eager to share colourful stories about their home over a brew.
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Heading east from Cloncurry, the first decent sized township you will come to is Julia Creek. Home to the earliest European settlement in north western Queensland, Julia Creek was named after the niece of the first settler in the area, Donald McIntyre. The fledgling town flourished when the railway was extended in 1908.

The main industries around Julia Creek are cattle, sheep and mining. Within the shire lies BHP's Cannington mine, the most productive silver mine anywhere in the world. The Cannington mine was the official supplier for the silver used at the Sydney Olympic Games.

If you spend the night in the area, keep your eyes open for the Julia Creek Dunnart, a rare and endangered marsupial that can only be found within a radiuius of 100 kilometres of the town. Resembling a large mouse, the carnivorous Dunnart is an extremely shy nocturnal hunter so glimpses of them are very rare.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - JULIA CREEK


HISTORIC BUILDINGS
As far as historic buildings go, the Eddington Arms Hotel is a gem. It has hardly changed a bit since it was built in 1908. This old corrugated iron building is one of the most authentic pubs in western Queensland, and well worth a visit... especially on a hot day! Another local watering hole of interest is Gannon's Hotel, which was featured in the well known Australian novel (and television mini-series), 'A TOWN LIKE ALICE'.

MACINTYRE MUSEUM
The Macintyre Museum, in Burke Street, houses an extensive collection of photographs, memorabilia and old equipment, related to the early pioneering days and the beginnings of the sheep and beef industries.


FISHING AND SWIMMING SPOTS
It does get hot in the outback, and if you're looking for a spot to cool off, you've got a few choices:

PUNCHBOWL WATERHOLE
Forty-five kilometres north east of town on the Flinders River, Punchbowl Waterhole is an ideal swimming, fishing or picnicking spot for the whole family.

SEDAN DIP
Another good swimming and fishing spot is Sedan Dip, 100 kilometres north of Julia Creek on the Beef Road to Normanton. Sedan Dip is famous for the campdraft and race meeting held there every August.

DALGONALLY WATERHOLE
But if you'd rather not stray too far from Julia Creek, you can cool off at the Dalgonally Waterhole, just outside the town.

For more information about fishing in Tropical North Queensland, please visit our FISHING page.


EVENTS
JULIA CREEK DUNNART BUSH FESTIVAL
The Julia Creek Dunnart Bush Festival synonymus to a fun weekend, with entertainment ready to suit the entire family. Magicians, country music talent quests, amateur boxing, dance groups, cultural performers, street parades, fireworks displays, tobacco rolling contests, etc will guarantee a jolly time.

JULIA CREEK - DIRT AND DUST FESTIVAL
The Julia Creek Dunnart Bush Festival will surprise everyone with many attactions: a street parade and street party, bush markets, cheerleaders, talent quest and ute muster, live music concerts, the richest horse race in north Queensland and even a live Dunnart display that nobody can miss.

For more details of these and other regular events in the region, please visit our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR

ACCOMMODATION - JULIA CREEK

Julia Creek holiday accommodation includes traditional pub style lodging, affordable motel accommodation and caravan parks. Scroll down or use the buttons in the right hand column to choose your style of Julia Creek accommodation.


HOTELS AND MOTELS

JULIA CREEK MOTEL
98 Burke Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7305 / Fax (07) 07 4746 7124

JULIA CREEK HOTEL
33 Goldring Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7175 / Fax (07) 4746 7311

GANNON'S HOTEL/MOTEL
36 Burke Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7103



HOLIDAY APARTMENTS

JULIA CREEK VILLAS
2 Burke Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7468


CARAVAN PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS

BURKE AND WILLS ROADHOUSE
Burke Developmental Road, via Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4742 5909

JULIA CREEK CARAVAN PARK
Old Normanton Road, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7108

DINING - JULIA CREEK

GANNON'S HOTEL/MOTEL
36 Burke Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7103

JULIA CREEK HOTEL
Flinders Highway, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7305

TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB
92 Burke Street, Julia Creek
Phone (07) 4746 7222

GETTING TO JULIA CREEK

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Cairns Unlimited will find you the best deal on a car hire for your vacations in Tropical North Queensland.Julia Creek is 8 hours drive from Townsville, and 10 hours from Cairns. Not everybody will be up for the challenge - and this part of the country does provide its share of challenges - but we believe that the grandeur and vastness of the Northern Outback can be best experienced form behind the wheel of your own vehicle. For the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace, please visit our CAR HIRE page. Simply fill out our obligation free enquiry form, and we will get back to you - usually the next working day - with the best deal on a rental car, four wheel drive or campervan to suit your needs.

Major roads in the region are sealed, but there are a number of unsealed roads. Before travelling, be sure to check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS. Care should be taken when travelling on roads within this remote region of the Northern Outback, as numerous ROAD TRAINS ply the highways.

Greyhound Australia offers a bus service connecting towns all through Australia.The daily Greyhound bus service that runs from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory through to Townsville passes through Mount Isa at 6:50am, stops at Julia Creek News at 10:25 every morning, and reaches Townsville at 7:00pm.

The westbound service leaves Townsville daily at 7:00am and stops in Julia Creek at 3:20pm, continuing on to reach Mount Isa at 7:05pm.

The Inlander, a train that services Far North Queensland.Queensland Rail covers the 1,000 kilometres between Townsville and Mount Isa, stopping at most points along the way, including Charters Towers, Richmond, Julia Creek and Cloncurry. The 'Inlander', as it is known, heads west from Townsville every Sunday and Thursday at 12:30pm, stopping in Julia Creek at the unGodly hour of 2:11am, and arriving in Mount Isa bright and early the next morning... 5:20am.

The eastbound service departs Mount Isa at 1:30pm Mondays and Fridays, passes through Julia Creek at 9:01pm and rolls into Townsville at 10:10am the next day. For rail connections from Townsville, either north to Cairns, or south to Brisbane and beyond, you will find details on our GETTING TO CAIRNS page.

One of most popular attractions in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef.

Burketown is a tiny gulf outback town that proudly proclaims itself to be 'Australia's Barramundi Capital'. The town is very laid back with a very diverse cultural mix. You're sure to meet some real characters... Click to visit our Burketown page. Karumba is quite literally the end of the road; a small town of about 700 people, where the wide Normanton River meets the Gulf of Carpenteria. It's a friendly place, relaxed but still a little bit wild. Click to visit our Karumba page. Located close to the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Normanton is the major commercial centre of Carpentaria Shire, and is the northern terminal for Australia's most remote railway, the Gulflander. Click to visit our Normanton page. When gold was discovered in Croydon in 1885, the town went through an overnight boom and became one of the biggest towns in Queensland. What once was a bustling centre is today a quiet town with a very interesting past worth exploring. Click to visit our Croydon page. Nowadays, Georgetown is a sleepy little town but still is well serviced and a major point for visitors taking in the spectacular scenery and history of Australia's northern outback. Click to visit our Georgetown page. Undara Volcanic National parks is one of the highlights of Tropical North Queensland, and is less than 100 kilometres from Mount Garnet. Click to visit our Undara page. Described as the Oasis of the Outback - a luminous vision on the horizon for travellers coming from all directions - Mount Isa lies among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the borders of the Leichhardt River. Click to visit our Mount Isa page. Cloncurry is known as the friendly heart of the great north west because it is a welcome crossroads with a sparkling community spirit. Click to visit our Cloncurry page. Home to the Julia Creek dunnart, Julia Creek is packed with social and sporting events all year round, including the Dirt and Dust Festival or the Dunnart Bush Festival, both a major feature of the town's lifestyle. Click to visit our Julia Creek page. The town of Richmond has been recognised as one of the most attractive outback towns in Queensland, awarded with the title of Australia's Tidiest Town 2001 in the 'Keep Australia Beautiful' awards. Click to visit our Richmond page. There are many attractions around Hughenden, with gemfields, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains rich in fossils. Oh, the town is surrounded by four National Parks. Click to visit our Hughenden page. Charters Towers is a scenic gold mining city with proud heritage and history, a perfect example of the real Australia, surorunded by sprawling cattle stations and intensely coloured sunsets. Click to visit our Charters Towers page. Cairns is a tourist Mecca, and one of the most popular travel destinations in Australia. Click to visit our Cairns page. Townsville is the largest city in Tropical North Queensland, a bustling cosmopolitan city, and the stepping off point to popular Magnetic Island. Click to visit our Townsville page. Map of the Northern Outback region of Tropical North Queensland. Click on a destination to visit that particular page. Hughie the Muttaburrasaurus, in Hughenden's Dinosaur Centre, Far North Queensland. Sunset over an old fashioned windmill in Queensland's northern outback.
Gold panning by an outback stream, in Far North Queensland.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service:

Police (07) 4746 7120