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.
Drovers Camp, Camooweal; (07) 4748 2022.
Nearby national parks
Historic buildings: the Drovers store; Barkly Hwy. The Drover's Camp:
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
Campsites around town
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Lawn Hill Gorge camping area 140 kmThis 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 kmMost 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 kmKingfisher 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 kmThe 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 kmThis 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 kmThis 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
Sunset Top Tourist Park 168 kmRelax 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
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Kingfisher Camp 225 kmThis 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
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Rest areas around town
What's on around town
Cricket tournament: Apr.
Drovers Camp Festival: Aug.