John Flynn Place, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 2385

Cloncurry is an important mining town in the Gulf Savannah region. In 1861 John McKinlay, leading a search for Burke and Wills, reported traces of copper in the area. Six years later, pastoralist Ernest Henry discovered the first copper lodes. During World War I Cloncurry was the centre of a copper boom and the largest source of the mineral in Australia. Copper prices slumped postwar and a pastoral industry was developed. Today main industries include grazing, coppermining and goldmining. The town's interesting history extends to aviation as well. Qantas was conceived here – the original hangar can still be seen at the airport – and the town became the first base for the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1928.

Visitor Information

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum, McIlwraith St (Flinders Hwy); (07) 4742 1361

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In Town

John Flynn Place This complex includes the RFDS Museum, with history on the service and memorabilia including the first RFDS aircraft and an original Traegar pedal wireless. There is also the Fred McKay Art Gallery, with changing exhibits of local art, the Alfred Traegar Cultural Centre and the Alan Vickers Outdoor Theatre. Open 8am–4.30pm Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm Sat–Sun (May–Sept); Cnr Daintree and King sts.

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park: with buildings from abandoned uranium mining town of Mary Kathleen including Old Police Station and Town Office – now a museum with historic items such as Robert O'Hara Burke's water bottle, local Aboriginal artefacts and a comprehensive rock, mineral and gem collection. Visitor information centre is also on-site; McIlwraith St.

Shire hall: restored 1939 building; Scarr St.

Cemeteries: varied cultural background of Cloncurry can be seen in the 3 cemeteries: Cloncurry Old Cemetery, including the grave of Dame Mary Gilmore (Sir Hudson Fyshe Dr); Afghan Cemetery (part of Cloncurry Old Cemetery); and Chinese Cemetery (Flinders Hwy).

Original Qantas hangar: airport; Sir Hudson Fyshe Dr.

Historic buildings: including the post office, Brodie Hardware Store and the Post Office Hotel; brochure from visitor centre.


Rotary Lookout: over Cloncurry and the river; Mt Isa Hwy; 2 km W.

Chinamen Creek Dam: peaceful area with abundant birdlife; 3 km W.

Ernest Henry Copper and Gold Mine: tours available. Departs from Mary Kathleen Park; 29 km NE.

Burke and Wills cairn: near Corella River; 43 km W.

Kajabbi: town holds Yabby Races in May; 77 km NW.

Kuridala: this one-time mining town is now a ghost town. Explore the ruins including the old cemetery; 88 km S.

Fossicking: for amethysts and other gemstones; details from visitor centre.

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks - Cloncurry 1 km

This is a quality park located 2 km east of the town centre on the main highway. Relax in the pool and spa or enjoy a meal in the undercover barbecue area. There is a good range of facilities and the park adjoins a small... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gidgee Inn Motel

There are 40 rooms in this building made of rich red rammed earth and jarrah timber. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, and the Gidgee Grill à la carte restaurant is a pleasant surprise in a part of the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Chinaman Creek Dam park area 4 km

T/O 3km W of Cloncurry (L) or 118km E of Mt Isa (R)

At the dam 1km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Quamby rest area 37 km

45km N of Cloncurry (L) or 137km S of Burke and Wills (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Fountain Springs rest area 55 km

61km W of Cloncurry (R) or 60km E of Mt Isa (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Fullarton River rest area 56 km

46km NW of McKinlay (L) or 62km SE of Cloncurry (R)

Just off the highway near the scrub.

Oorindi rest area 62 km

71km W of Julia Creek (L) or 66km E of Cloncurry (R)

Just off the highway.

Terry Smith rest area 75 km

80km N of Cloncurry (L) or 102km S of Burke and Wills (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Markets: Florence Park, Scarr St; 1st Sat each month. Mary Kathleen Park, McIlwraith St; 4th Sun each month.

Cloncurry Show: June.

Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft: night rodeo; July.

Rockhana: mineral and gem festival; July.

Merry Muster Rodeo: July/Aug.

Art Show: Sept.

Battle of the Mines: rugby league carnival; Oct.

Cloncurry Cup: Oct.

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