THE OUTBACK - RICHMOND
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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Richmond nestles on the banks of the Flinders River, almost exactly halfway between Mount Isa and Townsville. This area was originally opened to white settlement by the explorer William Landsborough in 1862 while out searching for BURKE AND WILLS. When gold was discovered in the area, the town experienced a brief bout of gold fever and became an important point for the Cobb & Co coaches that moved miners around the area. That was, up until 1904, when the railway reached the town, making Richmond the terminus and railhead for the Gulf country.

Although a small town of barely 800 people, Richmond functions as a service centre to the surrounding pastoral community. The town was awarded the Tidiest Queensland Town in 2001 and considering the harsh conditions of the Northern Outback, the locals have every right to be proud of Richmond' outstanding gardens, lined streets and parks of bougainvilleas, native trees and shrubs.

In 1989, the skeleton of a 100 million year old Pliosaur was discovered near the town, and Richmond regained its place on the map. This was the second major discovery of an important fossil in the area, after the discovery of the Kronosaurus Queenslandicus (yes, we know... it sounds like a made up name... but it's true!) in 1929. Over recent years, paleontologists have unearthed many more prehistoric marine and vertebrate fossils in the area around Richmond. Displays of these discoveries can be visited in Richmond's Marine Fossils Museum, the award-winning Kronosaurus Korner.

Richmond Racecourse is a popular venue in the district, holding six race meetings each year. The biennial Fossil Festival features the World Moonrock Throwing Competition. It is held in even-numbered years.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - RICHMOND


MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
KRONOSAURUS KORNER
91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond, Phone (07) 4741 3429 / Fax (07) 4741 3802.
In 1995, Kronosaurus Korner was built around the local archaeological finds, fossils that date back to around 120 million years ago. Among the fossils on display are the Kronosaurus, a large Pliosaur of about 12 metres long, and the Richmond Pliosaur, similar to a crocodile measuring 4.25 metres. Visitors can even view the most complete dinosaur skeleton to be found in Australia, an Ankylosaur called Minmi.

Permissions to fossic for fossils in certain places about the shire can be obtained at the Kronosaurus Korner. Regular finds include shark teeth, fish bones, belemnites, ammonites and various shells.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS
For history buffs, Richmond has a number of historic sites that are open to visitors. The old Strand Theatre, the Roman Catholic Church, the Mud Hut Hotel, the town's Pioneer Cemetery or the Pioneer Heritage Walk are all of interest. Also the Cobb & Co Coach, superbly preserved, is a must. But if you want to appreciate the atmosphere of the old days, visit the old ruins of a Cobb $ Co coach station, 40 kilometres north of Richmond, on the Croydon Road.

MOON ROCKS
If you're in for something different, then you must see the Lions Park monument made of different shaped limestone rocks that have been positioned one on top of each other. The rocks are a local phenomenon known as 'moon rocks', very heavy rocks that can weigth a few tonnes each, and often have fossillised remains of shells and fish inside. Opened in 1976 to celebrate the sealing on the Flinders Highway, the monument resembles the sort of plasticine model made by a pre-school kid. Also in Lions Park there is an old 'flood boat', used to shift provisions across the river when it was flooded.


NATURAL SITES
BOBBY MURRAY PARK
Bobby Murray Park is a pleasant spot, ideal for a picnic or to let the kids run around.

FLINDERS RIVER
But if you feel like a relaxing day swimming or fishing (likley catches include Catfish, Cod and Bream), head down to the Flinders River.

LAKE FRED TRITTON
To make up for the fact that Richmond is not on the coast, Lake Fred Tritton was constructed in 2004, providing locals and visitors alike with a sandy beach, a children's water park, amenities, barbecue facilities, an exercise station, walking tracks, garden... Also Lake Fred Tritton is a fisher's paradise. Some of the species found in these waters are Barramundi, Sooty grunter, Sleepy cod and Rainbow fish among others. Also the lake is a safe spot where the sporty type can enjoy swimming, sailing, waterskiing, canoeing and wind surfing. It is a magnificent spot to enjoy a day out with family or friends.


EVENTS
RICHMOND CAMPDRAFT
The fun and entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed, with six local campdrafts, many other individual competitions, the famous Top End Mitavite Purse and the National Agribusiness Rookie Series among others. The Elanco Comopudose Best of the Best restricted Open Draft is a highly coveted prize. Both competitors and spectators have free access to the lawn area around the grandstand for a better view from a cooler and shadier position.

RICHMOND FOSSIL FESTIVAL
Every two years, Richmond celebrates its Fossil Festival, with music, competitions, barbecues, and everything you can ask for during this weekend in never ending fun.

RICHMOND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
If you love music, don't miss this event. Richmond will host its fifth annual Country Music Festival in 2007 and music lovers from all around the country will congregate is this beautiful Outback town for a great weekend.

GREAT OUTBACK CHALLENGE
Queensland's outback is full of challenges and this two-day carnival is no exception. Held each year at Richmond, competitors can take the challenge and compete in as many events as the choose. With plenty of prize money on offer get your boots dirty and enjoy Outback Queensland's best community hospitality.

See our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR for details of these and other regular events in the region.

ACCOMMODATION - RICHMOND

Richmond holiday accommodation centres around a number of motels, a traditional Australian pub, and the caravan park. Scroll down or use the buttons in the right hand column to choose your style of Richmond accommodation.


HOTELS

FEDERAL PALACE HOTEL
64 Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3463


MOTELS

ENTRIKEN'S PIONEER MOTEL
82 Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3188

MIDWAY ROADHOUSE AND MOTEL
Flinders Highway, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3192

MUD HUT HOTEL/MOTEL
Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3223

AMMONITE INN
88 Goldwing Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3932 / Fax (07) 4741 3934


CARAVAN PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS

LAKEVIEW CARAVAN PARK
109 Goldwing Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3772 / Fax (07) 4741 3802
Richmond's Lakeview Caravan Park boasts stunning views over Lake Fred Tritton. The Park friendly, clean and quiet, featuring modern amenities with a free barbecue for traveller's convenience.



DINING - RICHMOND

MOON ROCK CAFE
91 Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3514

MIDWAY ROADHOUSE AND MOTEL
Flinders Highway, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3192

MUD HUT HOTEL/MOTEL
Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3223

GETTING TO RICHMOND

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Greyhound Australia connects Richmond with Tennant Creek and Townsville.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 Richmond (Richmond Agencies 54 Goldring Street) at 12:10pm every afternoon, and reaches Townsville at 7:00pm. The westbound service leaves Townsville daily at 7:00am and stops in Richmond at 1:35pm, continuing on to reach Mount Isa at 7:05pm.

Queensland Rail covers the route Townsville-Mount Isa.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 Richmond at 10:46pm, 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 Richmond at 12.03am 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, in Tropical North Queensland's outback. Sunset over an old fashioned windmill in Queensland's northern outback.
Gold panning by an outback stream, in Tropical North Queensland's outback.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

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

Health Centre (07) 4741 3233
Police (07) 4741 3220
State Emergency Service (07) 4741 3141