Julia Creek is located on the Overlander’s Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa
Creek, Queensland to Karumba, Queensland
Julia Creek is located on the Overlanders 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.
Julia Creek has many sporting and social events on its calendar that are a major feature of the towns 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 Australias Best Butt Competition.
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 parks naturally heated artesian spa after a long days travel.
A watershed running from north to south through the locality separates two drainage basins. The Alexandra River rises in the southwest 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 northeast ultimately becoming tributaries of the Flinders River which flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria
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.
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.
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.
The location of Burke and Wills last northern camp is signposted on the main NormantonBurketown road. It is only a 1.5km 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 186061 Burke and Wills expedition occupied on Saturday 9 February 1861 by Robert OHara 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.
In 1892 a boilingdown works was established on the river and shortly afterwards a meatworks was opened.
Things to see
The Gulflander and the Railway Station
The towns 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.
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.
As a result of the Croydon goldfields 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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Tours and Charters now operating
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Free Sausage Sizzles once a month
Bruce Keipert Live in June
Trevor Stewart Live in July
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