Julia Creek is located on the Overlander’s Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa

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Julia Creek, Queensland to Karumba, Queensland

Julia Creek

Julia Creek, Qld to Karumba, Qld Australia Google Map

Julia Creek, Qld to Karumba, Qld Australia Google Map

Julia Creek is located on the Overlander’s Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa and on to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Julia Creek started to grow when the railway line was extended in February 1908. The town was named after the niece of Donald McIntyre, the first European settler in the area. An interesting collection of memorabilia can be found at the Donald McIntyre Museum in Burke Street.

The district’s main industries are cattle, sheep, and mining at BHP Cannington. Julia Creek is a major stock trucking and cattle sales centre. Its impressive saleyards are fitted with lighting for night loading and unloading.

Destination Information; Julia Creek

Destination Information; Julia Creek

The area is home to a rare and endangered marsupial, the Julia Creek Dunnart. Because of their nocturnal habits and timid natures, glimpses of the dunnart are rare.

While visiting Julia Creek why not visit the Proa Redclaw Farm. The 12 ponds use artesian water, some containing up to 16,000 redclaw. Self-drive tours are available.

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Julia Creek has many sporting and social events on its calendar that are a major feature of the town’s lifestyle. The annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is held annually in April and includes one of the major triathlon events, the Artesian Express Horse Race (the richest horse race in the north west), at PBR Bullride and Australia’s Best Butt Competition.

Rest areas – Queensland

Rest areas – Queensland

While in the area, take the time to visit Punchbowl Waterhole and Sedan Dip. On the Flinders River approximately 45 kilometres north-east of Julia Creek, the Punchbowl is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing and picnicking. Sedan Dip is on the Cloncurry River, on the Beef Road to Normanton, 100 kilometres north of Julia Creek.

Julia Creek Hotel

Julia Creek Hotel

In the late afternoon take a stroll along the nature trail at the back of the caravan park to enjoy the wonderful birdlife or enjoy watching the sunset while relaxing in the caravan park’s naturally heated artesian spa after a long day’s travel.

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Four Ways

Four Ways is a small Queensland unbounded locality within the local government area of Cloncurry, it is located approximately 1583kms from the capital Brisbane. Four Ways is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.

The name Four Ways refers to the Burke Developmental Road which passes south-west to north through the locality with two junctions to the Burketown Road to the north-west and the Wills Developmental Road to the south-east.

Wagon Wheel Motel, Cloncurry

Wagon Wheel Motel, Cloncurry

A watershed running from north to south through the locality separates two drainage basins. The Alexandra River rises in the south-west of the locality and flows north to become a tributary of the Leichhardt River which flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria. While in the eastern part of the locality, Dismal Creek and the Cloncurry River flow from south to north-east ultimately becoming tributaries of the Flinders River which flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria

Cloncurry Picnic

Cloncurry Picnic

The rusty red rocky outcrops so typical of this area began to appear on the approach to Cloncurry. Book Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis.

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Easter Holidays Anzac Day Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

There are two supermarkets, a discount fuel outlet, a large hardware store and good services for a town of about 3600 people. Cloncurry, which is at the crossroads of the Flinders and Barkly highways and the Burke Development Road/Landsborough Highway, is steeped in history going back to 1867 when copper and gold were discovered. The main industries these days are mining, beef cattle and tourism. Large cattle trucks and road trains pass through Cloncurry day and night.

Accommodation; Discovery Parks - Cloncurry

Accommodation; Discovery Parks – Cloncurry

Your first stop should be at the visitor information centre where you can pick up brochures and street directories, showing places of interest from the manager Gail Wipaki – a friendly local and a mine of information.

Having stopped in Cloncurry several times before, we knew what to expect but it was good to see the normally-dry riverbed flowing after recent heavy rain. Chinaman Creek Dam is only 3km from town and is very scenic. On the way, stop at the Rotary lookout for a great view over the town. You’ll get a great view of the sunset at Sunset Rock on the corner of Roundoak Road and the highway.

 Cloncurry, Queensland

Cloncurry, Queensland

While you are at the visitors’ centre, you should take time out to check the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park complex and take the short walk to the old mine lookout. Denyse and I visited the actual Mary Kathleen uranium mine on one of our early trips when it was still operational, but the buildings have now all been moved, although the mine, streets and slabs are still there.

Remnants of Mary Kathleen outside the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum.

Remnants of Mary Kathleen outside the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum.

The Chinese cemetery gives an insight into the past, as does the historic Afghan cemetery, where graves face Mecca. Cloncurry was also involved with the early days of Qantas and the original hangar is still used.

John Flynn commenced the first Flying Doctor Service from Cloncurry in May 1928, so a visit to the John Flynn Museum and Art Gallery is very interesting. The foresight of this wonderful man has made it much safer to live in the outback.

Stock at a water trough near Cloncurry

Stock at a water trough near Cloncurry

History buffs will find several old buildings in town while there are a number of scenic tourist drives through the old gold mining areas for those with 4WDs. There is still a lot of gold to be found around Cloncurry and we heard that a large nugget was found near town quite recently. There are garnets and amethysts to be found here as well. But be sure to collect mud maps and property owners’ contact details at the visitors’ centre before you head out with your detector.

 

 Cloncurry, Queensland

Cloncurry, Queensland

Normanton

Normanton is a genuinely delightful town with an excess of old world charm. Located 712 km west of Cairns and 681 km west of Townsville it started life as a port for the Gulf of Carpentaria’s cattle industry and grew in importance with the discovery of gold at Croydon in 1885.

The area was first explored by Ludwig Leichhardt on his epic journey from the Darling Downs to Port Essington. The next Europeans through the area were Burke and Wills who made their final dash to the Gulf (or, more correctly, to the mangrove swamps somewhere near the edge of the Gulf) only 26 km west of the town.

Normanton Savannah King

Normanton Savannah King

The location of Burke and Wills last northern camp is signposted on the main Normanton-Burketown road. It is only a 1.5-km drive into the bush to the spot which is marked by a couple of plaques.

The dedication reads: ‘This monument marks the site of Camp No: 119 of the 1860-61 Burke and Wills expedition occupied on Saturday 9 February 1861 by Robert O’Hara Burke, William John Wills, John King and Charlie Gray. On Sunday 10 February Burke and Wills left on the attempted journey to the Gulf of Carpentaria returning on Tuesday 12 February. All four abandoned the camp the next day for the return journey to Coopers Creek, Depot No: 75, and home to Melbourne. During the return journey all died with the exception of King who survived with the assistance of a friendly Aboriginal tribe. This monument was provided through, and with thanks, to the generous donation of Mr. Douglas Jolly of Brisbane and the historical advice of the State Library of Victoria and was erected in 1978 by the Normanton Lions Club.’

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Normanton-queensland-australia-gulf-savannah-gulf-of-carpetnaria

It was Frederick Walker, one of the many explorers who went looking for Burke and Wills, who discovered and named the Norman River after the captain of a ship named Victoria.

In 1867 William Landsborough sailed up the Norman river and chose the site for the settlement of Normanton. Over the next decade it became an important port. The large Burns Philp building at the end of the town’s main street is evidence of its importance at this time. There were even suggestions that it would become a port to rival Darwin as the main centre on the north coast of Australia.

Amazing Australian BIG Things big crocodile in normanton

Amazing Australian BIG Things big crocodile in normanton

In 1892 a boiling-down works was established on the river and shortly afterwards a meatworks was opened.

Normanton Railway Station Museum and Souvenirs

Normanton Railway Station Museum and Souvenirs

The town experienced a major boom with the discovery of gold at Croydon. By 1891 the population had reached 1251. However the gold diggings were short-lived and although the Normanton-Croydon railway line was opened by 1907 the whole area was on the decline. Even the cattle which had been the town’s mainstay started heading south as the railway line was extended out towards Mount Isa. By 1947 the population had dropped to 234. It has since picked up with the development of prawn fishing at Karumba and the increasing interest in tourism.

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

Normanton Savannah Way Tourist Attraction Wildlife Birds Life

Things to see
The Gulflander and the Railway Station
The town’s greatest tourist attraction is undoubtedly ‘The Gulflander’. The railway line was originally planned to service the beef industry by running from Normanton to Cloncurry but the discovery of gold at Croydon redirected it.

Gulflander to Croydon

Gulflander to Croydon

The rail is a masterpiece of adaptive design. George Philips, the supervising engineer, designed special steel sleepers which proved so successful that they are still in use today. They can be seen at the railway station which is listed by the National Trust. It is an unusual building which has distinctive decorative patterns on the cross-braces which hold up the corrugated-iron roof. It has become one of Normanton’s most distinctive landmarks.

Croydon – Lake Belmore

Croydon – Lake Belmore

The railway line was only a brief success. When it opened it was planned that it would become a major line and that Normanton would grow to become a major port. In its first year of operation there were 55 railway employees and the train was carrying 10 000 passengers each year.

Croydon Historic Village image_gallery

As a result of the Croydon goldfield’s demise in 1906 the Gulflander has not made a profit since 1907. Today it runs a once weekly service leaving Normanton at 8.30 am on Wednesday and returning from Croydon at 8.30 am the next morning. It is occasionally booked to make the tour at other times.

Buildings
There are a number of interesting buildings in the town, including the distinctive ‘Purple Pub’, the ‘Albion Hotel’ where Captain Percy Tresize drew a series of humorous paintings on the barroom walls, and the Bank of New South Wales which is now a listed National Trust Building. It is an unusual building which looks more like a house than a bank. Designed by Richard Gailey in 1896 it is an extraordinarily beautiful timber building with cross bracing on the verandah and a fashionable exposed frame.

Karumba

From the Lowders
We would like to thank everybody for their kindness and support that you have shown us in light of our mishap near Georgetown last year. We intend to be back this year and will be holding “How to catch lots of Grunter” tutorials on Site 45 this year.
Reg & Gayle.

 

 

Roast Nights
Roast Beef and veges accompanied with gravy. Happy Hour begins at live entertainment area where famous artists perform. Dinner service with desserts available to purchase from the cafe after dinner. Check out the board outside the cafe during the evening and Park management will announce the menu when we draw the lucky door prizes. Bookings are essential and can be made at Reception prior. It is BYO Plate and Cutlery and of course your beverages.

Sunset Cafe Ice Cream Coffee Cakes Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Sunset Cafe Ice Cream Coffee Cakes Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Sunset Cafe
Our cafe is open for business daily from 9am to 3pm daily. We have a selection of foods and beverages to choose from. We now have extra Ice Cream Flavours for the cones such as Chocolate, Vanilla Cookies n Cream, Macadamia, Rum n Raisin and Strawberry. You can get a beautiful coffee and cake to enjoy at the Entertainment Area. We even do Ice Coffee’s now as well.

Tour Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Tour Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Tour Bookings
As part of our service to you we arrange and book tours free of charge. We cover a wide range of options like fishing charters, cruises and even a vintage train ride! We do bookings for Kerry D Fishing Charters, Karumba Saltwater Fishing Charters, Karumba Fishing Adventures, Croc and Crab Cruises, The Ferryman and Queensland Rails’ Gulflander train in Normanton.

Best Event of 2017: 70’s Disco Charity Night 
On June 30, 2017 we held a 70’s Disco Night to raise money for the Cancer Council. Visitors Dressed up in their best 70’s disco geared with prizes given out to the best dressed of the night. That was judged from a panel of “expert” judges. The cover charge was a minimum 5.00 which donated toward the Cancer Council.

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In Season Monthly FREE Sausage Sizzle

In Season Monthly FREE Sausage Sizzle

Soon Starting Free Sausage Sizzle
The next free sausage sizzle will be announced soon at Park at the Entertainment Area. Announcement will be made on website to Book early. Email us at sunsetcp@gmail.com Don’t miss out!!!

Site Privacy
As we are getting busier I think it is very important to respect each others privacy be it short or long term clients. Roadways are not only for cars but for pedestrians as well. Use these roadways to make your way around the park, there are plenty of them. Don’t walk through other people’s site as it is not respectful to do so.

PIZZA

Tasty Pizza Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Tasty Pizza Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park 

Entertainment Area
Our Entertainment area is where our WiFi and cafe is located at. When we close our reception at 5pm we place the tv on a sleep timer that will go off at approximately 9pm. If there is something you would like to watch in the evening prior to 9pm let us know and we will place that channel on for you. Of course first in best dressed.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Speed of vehicles
It is very important that all vehicles observe the walking pace speed limit that we have in place here in the park. We have this to protect everybody safety including kids that ride around on their bikes. It
also reduces the dust emissions that come from a moving vehicle.

SAFETY FIRST FOR EVERYBODY.

 

Comin’ Soon at Sunset Caravan Park

Meal Nights with Live Entertainment every Friday Night
Wood Fired Pizzas Wednesday & Sundays
Sunset Cafe NOW OPEN !!!!!!!!
Tours and Charters now operating
Sunset Bingo
Art & Craft arvo’s

State of Origins
Free Sausage Sizzles once a month
Bruce Keipert Live in June
Trevor Stewart Live in July

Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

BOOK NOW! for February, March, and April. You may also do advanced booking for May, June, and July.
Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: (07) 4745 9277
Fax (07) 4745 9480
E-mail info@sunsetcp.com.au
http://www.sunsetcp.com.au

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