Mount Isa to Karumba Qld Road Trip

Mount Isa to Karumba Qld Road Trip

  1. Mount Isa
  2. Rosebud Cattle Station
  3. Mary Kathleen Mine
  4. Cloncurry
  5. Burke & Wills Road House
  6. Normanton
  7. Karumba
aster holidays, Barramundi Fishing Competition, Anzac Day Karumba Qld Australia

aster holidays, Barramundi Fishing Competition, Anzac Day Karumba Qld Australia

1. Mount Isa

Mount Isa Attractions
City Lookout

This lookout offers a 360-degree panorama of the city and spectacular views of the surrounding region. You will have a bird’s-eye-view of Buchanan Park, and it is also a perfect vantage point to appreciate the shear scale of the city’s mine. At the lookout there is a global signpost that you will be amazed at the places and distances displayed on it. If you visit the lookout during the day and find it stunning then be sure to return after dark for the spectacular lights of the mine at night. At the lookout there are covered picnic tables, rubbish bins and several viewing platforms.

Turn north off the Barkly Highway, 120 metres west The Outback Information Centre in Mount Isa, onto Corbould Street. Veer right at the Y-intersection onto Hilary Street then take the first left at the Lookout sign. Follow this steep sealed road for 350 metres to the lookout.

The lookout is accessible by walking or you can drive to the top. The way up starts in Hilary Street.

Hard Times Mine

This mine was once a working mine but is now a tourist attraction. You will experience first hand what it is like to go underground with the ‘Hard Times Mine’ underground 3 hour tour. It is more than a tour, it is an experience. The tour guide, who has been working as a miner for most of his life, offers a rare opportunity to see the daily workings of an underground mine. From the moment you meet your tour guide to the donning of overalls, helmets and boots you just can’t wait to see what comes next. Check out how the tunnels are formed and shaped by the majestic boom drills and mucking units. Get up close with the machinery and try your hand at the air-leg drill. You will feel the earth rumble with the firing of the blast face. You will also certainly gain a lot of respect for the miners working in such conditions.

Photography is not permitted inside, and you need to leave all your belongings in lockers before the tour. If you have difficulty walking then the boots will not make it any easier. Bookings are essential through the Visitors Information Centre.

Kalkadoon Tribal Centre

The Kalkadoon Tribal Centre and Meeting Place is a centre for the preservation of the culture and heritage of the Kaldadoon people, showcasing their artwork and artefacts. The Meeting Place runs organised tours to Aboriginal art sites, takes tourist on bush tucker trips and has on display and for sale local Aboriginal art. The descendants of this tribe are available for a chat and a lesson in their culture so come and meet some of the traditional land owners and listen to their fascinating stories and history of the area.

Located next to the Riversleigh Fossil Centre at the ‘Outback at Isa’ complex.

Mount Isa The Rotary Underground Museum featuring the Aboriginal (Kalkadoon Tribe) Cultural Display on the top of the hill, Mt Isa

Mount Isa The Rotary Underground Museum featuring the Aboriginal (Kalkadoon Tribe) Cultural Display on the top of the hill, Mt Isa

Lake Moondarra

This 111,370 hectare lake is the cities main water supply. It is stocked with Barramundi by the local fishing club and is home to the annual Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic. Permits are not required to fish at Lake Moondarra, but catch limits do apply. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive. The lake is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit because of its spectacular scenery. The lakes still water encourages swimming, boating, sailing and canoeing. Stroll the 800 metres return ‘Wallaby Walk’ for great views. There are large shady trees located around the lake plus several picnic areas with free wood barbecues (wood is usually supplied). The lake hosts an array of bird life such as pelicans, cormorants, galah’s and ducks, just to name a few, giving excellent photographic opportunities. Avid bird watchers can obtain a species list from the Visitors Information Centre.

Turn east off the Barkly Highway, 5 kilometres north of the township of Mount Isa and 2 kilometres south of the Mount Isa Airport, onto Leichhardt River Road (signposted to Lake Moondarra). Travel 10 kilometres to the lake.

‘Outback at Isa’

‘Outback at Isa’ is an interactive, multi-media gallery, showcasing Mount Isa’s cultural, indigenous, pioneering and mining heritage. The Visitors Information Centre is located within the gallery where many of the local attractions are displayed. The Outback Park is a two hectare landscaped park showcasing the flora native to the region. Relax as you enjoy your lunch by the lagoon surrounded by lush native plantings and Lawn Hill inspired waterfall.

Located in Centennial Park, Marion Street (Barkly Highway)

Mount Isa Outback Isa

Mount Isa Outback Isa

Riversleigh Fossil Centre

Go back in time at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and discover the rich history of the nearby Riversleigh Fossil Fields. The fields are located in the southern section of Lawn Hill National Park approximately 250 kilometres north of Mount Isa and are one of the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites. The centre offers the rare opportunity to watch first hand paleantological research on the daily lab tours. The resident scientist is a wealth of knowledge and can tell you all about the fossils and answer any questions you may have. You can also walk through a Miocene forest, complete with animals.

Displayed within the ‘Outback at Isa’ complex.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Established at Cloncurry in 1928, the region’s Royal Flying Doctor Service has operated from Mount Isa since 1964. The service offers vital care to the injured or seriously ill among the population of up to some 50,000 people spread over 500,000 square kilometres. The dedicated staff of 3 doctors, 3 nurses and 4 pilots, work around the clock to provide medical assistance to people in need. It is not unusual for them to see up to 480 patients in a month, just in clinic visits alone, without mentioning the countless evacuations. A visit to the centre provides a great insight into this essential service, its history and how it operates today. The centre runs a short movie on the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Turn south off the Barkly Highway on the western side of the Sir James Foots Bridge where it is signposted to Dajarra and Boulia. The RFDS is 100 metres on the left.

Underground Hospital & Museum

Venture underground to a fully equipped hospital built in a large air-raid shelter during World War II. This hospital was constructed to protect the Mount Isa District Hospital in the event of an air raid following the bombing of Darwin Hospital. Fortunately the Japanese never reached Mount Isa and the Underground Hospital was never utilised for the purpose of which it was intended. However, night shift nurses would sleep there right up to the 1960’s. It was then neglected for many years, until the local people voted to restore it. It has since received a prestigious award from the National Trust of Australia for heritage restoration and it became a museum. The museum features relics of a bygone era including medical instruments, medicine and Australian currency produced by the Japanese Government in the event of a successful invasion.

Turn south off the Barkly Highway, at the first street west of ‘The Outback Isa’ Information Centre, onto Corbould Street. After 350 metres turn right at the T-intersection onto Isa Street. After 130 metres turn left at the T-intersection onto Deighton Street. After 180 metres turn right onto Joan Street where it is signposted to ‘Underground Hospital’. This is a one-way street. The museum is 130 metres on the left.

2. Rosebud Cattle Station

Fountain Springs Loop – Part 1 Rosebud and Bulonga {Mount Isa}
Ballara Mining Heritage Trail (aka The Fountain Springs Loop) Halfway between Cloncurry and Mount Isa

If you are travelling between Mount Isa and Cloncurry along “The Overlander’s Way” (Barkly Highway); you come to the Fountain Springs Rest Area. Here you can stop for a short toilet break and stretch your legs, or – if you are equipped to do so, you can stay the night before continuing your journey.

This rest area is also across the road from the entry to one of the best 4 wheel drive tracks open to the public in the Mount Isa region.

The Fountain Springs Loop, also known as The Ballara Mining Heritage Trail, is located on Private Property, and as such as NO ENTRY signs should be adhered to. Also, leave any and all gates as you find them, beware of stock on the track and most importantly TAKE YOUR RUBBISH with you.

3.Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum

Mary Kathleen Mine Tripadvisor Testimonial

Mary Kathleen Mine Tripadvisor Testimonial

4. Cloncurry

Cloncurry | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

For a town where it only takes 10 minutes to get from one side to the other, there’s more to Cloncurry than meets the eye.

Rich in history and minerals, the town with a heart of gold has a lot more to offer than a place to make a pitstop.

From local natural wonders to the best coffee in town, find out why Cloncurry is one of the hottest places (literally) on your Outback bucket list.


Cloncurry | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

With average winter temperatures barely dipping below the 25 degree mark and summer shifting it into the 40’s, it’s fitting that the town’s nickname is “The Curry”.


For such a steamy town, it’s no surprise that it was the first in the country to implement air-conditioning in the classrooms of the local school.


In 2017 a record was broken and Cloncurry welcomed its newest, beefiest resident.

The two year-old Brahman bull, bred 100km west of Rockhampton, was sold to Cloncurry beef breeders for a whopping $325,000, nine times the price of the average sales at the auction – #nobull


Mary Kathleen | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

#OutbackQueensland photo by @anne_lieschen

Cloncurry ramps up its spook factor with its very own ghost town, Mary Kathleen. Located on the outskirts of Cloncurry, the town was deserted after its lone mine fell into disuse.

Now the remaining shell of the mine is a tourist attraction, with visitors venturing into it’s heart to imagine what it used to be.

To learn more about the deserted town, follow its timeline with a collection of photographs and memorabilia at the Cloncurry Visitor Centre and Museum, housed at the Mary Kathleen Park.


In 1867, Earnest Henry discovered copper 120km east of Mount Isa and decided to set up camp to continue his search. To this day, Cloncurry’s core industries remain copper and gold mining.


Voted as Queensland’s Friendliest Town in 2013, Cloncurry’s quality outback hospitality earned itself the reputation as the friendly heart of the great north-west.


Cloncurry | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

Contrary to the stereotypical image of the outback with its flat, dry backdrops with roads leading into seemingly endless horizons, Cloncurry is actually set upon a series of hills with a river flowing by the town.


Chinaman Creek Dam | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

Not only is the town’s surprisingly bumpy landscape a sight to see, between the hills are other natural wonders waiting to be explored.

A visit to Cloncurry isn’t complete without a trip to Chinaman Creek Dam, a ten minute drive west of town. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and blanket to watch the candy-coloured hues of the sunset dance over Mt Leviathan.

On your way back, stop by the Cloncurry Lookout for panoramic views over the town from the banks of the Cloncurry River.


For a small country town, Cloncurry has some serious entertainment cred. It’s equipped with a community precinct (convention centre with indoor and outdoor function areas, kitchen, and bar facilities), library, art gallery, equestrian and racecourse centre, sporting and recreation grounds, as well as a Shire Hall.


Cloncurry | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

With 11 working mines in the area, Cloncurry boasts the richest land in Outback Queensland. But those minerals won’t mine themselves, so the population mainly consists of miners.


Burke and Wills passed through the area on their expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf in 1861.

It seems the pioneering pair were so besotted with the area that they forgot their water bottle, which can be found in the Cloncurry Museum. There’s also a dedicated memorial based 43km west of town on the bank of the Corella River.


Royal Flying Doctors | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

From its humble beginnings in 1928 to its technologically advanced systems of today, the Royal Flying Doctor Service continues to provide an essential service to the residents of Outback Queensland. The John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery in Cloncurry plays tribute to the service and its founder with memorabilia, photographs, models, and historic artefacts.


You don’t have to worry about bringing along a plus one, there’s plenty of space to stay and everyone’s welcome. If you’re after the ultimate outback adventure, set up camp at Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis or Discovery Parks.

If you’re not looking to rough it, there are nine hotel/motels in town that are up for grabs.


When visiting “The Curry”, stopping by for lunch at the Red Door Café is a must. Not only does it provide mouth-watering meals and delicious coffee, the café is an initiative by the MultiSkill Centre to provide vocational trading assist in lowering the unemployment levels in the town.


Mount Isa | 15 things you didn't know about Cloncurry

#OutbackQueensland photo by @lovegutz

Sitting smack bang at the crossroads to the bucket-list worthy towns of the Gulf Savannah, Cloncurry opens up the path to great north-west.

To the west, explore cowboy country in Mount Isa, home to the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.

Track south-east to Winton and transport yourself to the dinosaur era, or head north to Normanton to spot a creature of a different kind. Snap a picture with Krys the Savannah King, the a life size replica of the largest croc in the world (at 8.6m) that was caught in the area.

5. Burke & Wills Road House


Breaking the trip between Cloncurry and Normanton on the Matilda Highway is the Burke & Wills Roadhouse, so named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers. Situated at the Burke & Wills Junction it is also the turn-off for travellers heading to Gregory Downs, Adel’s Grove or Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

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  • The Burke and Wills Roadhouse has budget accommodation and powered sites available.

Food & Drink, Restaurants & Pubs:

  • The Burke and Wills Roadhouse provides meals, cold drinks and snacks.

6. Normanton

Located at the head of the Norman River, 700km west of Cairns ,with a population of 1,328, Normanton is known as the ‘Barramundi Capital of the North’, with locals regularly catching fish in excess of 5kg.

About Normanton

Normanton – The Barramundi Capital of the North

Located at the head of the Norman River, 700km west of Cairns ,with a population of 1,328, Normanton is known as the ‘Barramundi Capital of the North’, with locals regularly catching fish in excess of 5kg.

The town sits on a high ironstone ridge and the surrounding area comprises coastal saltpans and mangrove fringed river systems. Normanton is internationally recognised as an important location for Australia’s migratory wading birds such as brolga and sarus crane.

The Morning Glory

From late September to early November a peculiar cloud formation occurs. The Morning Glory is a series of long cigar shaped cloud formations that roll out of the Gulf in lines of three or four, usually in the early hours before daylight.

Normanton History

Normanton was established in 1868. In 1891 theGulflander Railmotor weekly train service from Croydon to Normanton was established. The town became the principal port for the goldrush town of Croydon, 150km to the east-southeast.

Normanton’s Indigenous Culture

The Normanton area of the Gulf of Carpentaria holds the traditional lands of the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj, Kurtijar and Kokoberrin peoples.

Things To See And Do in Normanton

Take a scenic wildlife-spotting cruise or try your hand at fishing with a local Savannah Guide, visit the railway station, take a ride on the Gulflander.

Historic buildings include the ‘Purple Pub’, the ‘Albion Hotel’, the original Burns Philp building, the Bank of New South Wales which is now a listed National Trust building.

7. Karumba

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Without a doubt Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park location in one of Australia’s finest with nearby beach, panoramic ocean views, excellent fishing

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is an ideal place to stay and we recommend to all visitors who have intention to stay short or long term stay because one will get following facilities under one roof such as

01. En-Suited Cabins.
02. En-Suited Villas.
03. Unpowered Site.
04. Powered Site.
05. Coined Washing Machine.
06. Fish Cleaning Area.
07. Dump Stations.
08. Amenities.
09. Office / Shop / Cafe.
10. Clothes Lines.
11. Shed.
12. Camp Kitchen.
13. BBQ.
14. Swimming Pool.
15. Car Wash.
16. Pizza Service.
17. Staff Hospitality.
18. Park Slabs Area.
19. Park Gardens.
20. Park Trees.

A beautiful relaxing atmosphere is created by the abundance of trees and colorful flowers situated through out the park with wildlife frequenting constantly.

BBQ facilities are available at the park and public phone booths are also situated in convenient locations. There are spotless ablution blocks providing excellent shower and laundry facilities.

For those lazy days relaxing you can also treat yourself to a dip in the swimming pool that is provided for all to use.

Internet facilities are provided.

The caravan sites range from cement slabs and outrageous lawns. They are excellent for campers of all types. There is a special area for cleaning fish and if you would like to walk then there is walking track just few steps away from the Park. The layout of the sites is non regimental adding an easy going feel to the park. Well established trees are everywhere with a shady spot being no problem to find.

The swimming pool is there for all to enjoy. A great setting for those lazy days to lay back and relax. The swimming pool is open all year round and is maintained daily.

Children under the age of ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Karumba Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tripadvisor Testimonial

Karumba Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tripadvisor Testimonial

Karumba Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tripadvisor Testimonial

Karumba Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Tripadvisor Testimonial

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