Population 197

North-west of Mount Isa, Camooweal is the last Queensland town before the Northern Territory border. It was once the centre for enormous cattle drives travelling south. Some say that the town is a suburb of Mount Isa, which would make the 188 kilometres of Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal one of the longest main streets in the world. To the south of town are the incredible Camooweal Caves, a series of sinkhole caves that have evolved over millions of years.

Visitor Information

Drovers Camp, Camooweal; (07) 4748 2022.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Mount Isa

    The city of Mount Isa is the most important industrial, commercial and administrative centre in north-west Queensland, an oasis of...more

In Town

Historic buildings: the Drovers store; Barkly Hwy.

The Drover's Camp: historical displays, toilets and picnic area. Guided tours May–Sept 10am–5pm Mon–Sun; Barkly Hwy.


Camooweal Caves National Park On the Barkly Tableland, this national park is still evolving as water continues to filter through the soluble dolomite to create and transform the extensive cave system. The underground caves are linked by vertical shafts and only the experienced caver should attempt them. The Great Nowranie Cave is excellent to explore with an 18 m drop at the opening (climbing gear is essential). Caves may flood during wet season. If exploring the caves, inform local police or ranger beforehand. 4WD access is recommended. (07) 4722 5224; 24 km S.

Cemetery: headstones tell local history; 1 km E.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park: around 300 km N via Gregory; see Burketown.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Riversleigh Fossils Interpretive Centre 169 km

Situated in Mount Isa and considerably easier to get to than the fossil fields of Riversleigh, which are a three-to-four-hour drive away, this centre has palaeontologists working on site on weekdays, and offers a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Caves Waterhole camping area 13 km

Set beside Nowranie Waterhole, about 14 km from the park entrance, the Caves Waterhole campground can be reached by conventional vehicle with difficulty – a 4WD is strongly recommended. Open fires and generators... Find out more

Miymba camping area (bush camping) 119 km

On the banks of the Gregory River, Miymba is 3.5 km south of Riversleigh D Site. Conventional vehicles can access the Riversleigh section May–Sept, but 4WD is recommended at all times. Open fires and generators are... Find out more

Lawn Hill Gorge camping area 140 km

This campground for self-sufficient campers has 20 campsites adjacent to Lawn Hill Creek, about 4 km from the park entrance. Conventional vehicles can access the park May–Oct, but 4WD is recommended at all times.... Find out more

Adels Grove 143 km

Most sites at this campground, 10 km north of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, have water, a fireplace and a BBQ plate, but no power is available. There is a modern amenities block and a laundry with 2 machines.... Find out more

Kingfisher Camp 227 km

Kingfisher Camp is 42 km west of the Savannah Way, and a further 126 km from Burketown. The campground has 30 grassed, shaded sites at one end of a 5 km waterhole. Each campsite has its own fireplace and water tap (boil... Find out more

Barkly Homestead 242 km

The last fuel stop before crossing over into Queensland on the Barkly Hwy, the homestead is about 210 km east of Tennant Creek. There isn’t much to do in the area –  the Devils Marbles are probably the... Find out more

Dajarra Campground 244 km

This basic campground with an amenities block including hot showers is on the Diamantina Developmental Rd at Dajarra, a small community 140 km south of Mt Isa. Bring in your own drinking water.... Find out more

Burke and Wills Roadhouse 246 km

This roadhouse with 12 powered sites sits at the junction of Wills Developmental Rd and Burke Developmental Rd, about 180 km north of Cloncurry and about 200 km south of Normanton. The camping surface is a mixture of... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks - Mt Isa 168 km

This park has 100 ensuite caravan and motorhome sites. Located in a quiet part of town it is our pick in Mount Isa. It has a swimming pool and is reasonably priced. Bookings are required during the peak winter months.... Find out more

Sunset Top Tourist Park 168 km

Relax by the pool or enjoy a meal in the pleasant barbecue area at this popular park, situated 1.6 km from the centre of town and away from highway traffic. Bookings are required during the peak winter months and a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parkks - Argylla Tourist Park 171 km

On the eastern approach to Mount Isa, this is a well-appointed park that is ideal for a short or longer stay. It has good facilities and is well maintained. Bookings are required during the peak winter months and a... Find out more

Kingfisher Camp 225 km

This is a great place to spend a few quiet days under shady trees on lush lawns beside a large waterhole on the Nicholson River. The camp is open between April and November and is reached along unsealed roads from... Find out more

Barkly Homestead Caravan Park 241 km

Forming part of the Barkly Roadhouse complex, this park is an overnight stop 210 km east of Tennant Creek and some 275 km west of the state border with Queensland. We have previously experienced poor service and attitude... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Avon Downs rest area 67 km

55km W of Qld border (L) or 195km E of Barkly (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the Avon Downs police station.

Soudan Bore rest area 131 km

120km W of Qld border (R) or 130km E of Barkly (L)

Just off the highway among a few small trees.

What's on around town

Cricket tournament: Apr.

Campdraft: June.

Horseracing: Aug.

Drovers Camp Festival: Aug.

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