Isis Downs Station, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 262

Isisford is a small outback community south of Longreach. In the mid-1800s large stations were established in the area. This brought hawkers, keen on trading their goods to the landowners. Two such hawkers were brothers William and James Whitman who, after their axle broke trying to cross the Alice River, decided to stay and established Isisford in 1877. First called Wittown, after the brothers, it was renamed in 1880 to recall the nearby Barcoo River ford and Isis Downs Station. The town provided inspiration to iconic Australian poet Banjo Paterson, in particular his poems Bush Christening and Clancy of the Overflow.

Visitor Information

Council offices, St Mary St; (07) 4658 8900

Nearby national parks

  • Idalia National Park

    Set in the Gowan Range in central western Queensland, Idalia National Park is a dry, remote wilderness. Although the park encompasses the...more

  • Carnarvon National Park

    Tucked away in this vast, rambling park in Queensland’s Central Highlands is the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Boasting towering white...more

Nearby towns

  • Longreach

    Longreach is the largest town in central-west Queensland. Lying on the Tropic of Capricorn, this 'boom and bust' country is affected by...more

  • Blackall

    Blackall is west of the Great Dividing Range in sheep and cattle country, and was home to the legendary sheep-shearer Jackie Howe. In 1892...more

  • Barcaldine

    This pastoral and rail town is located some 100 kilometres east of Longreach. Known as the ‘Garden City of the West’, it was the...more

In Town

Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre: features the world-class fossil exhibit of Isisfordia duncani, reported to be the ancestor of all modern crocodilians. Also local arts and crafts, town relics and theatrette; St Mary St.

Whitman's Museum: photographic exhibition documents Isisford's history; St Mary St.

Barcoo Weir: excellent spot for fishing and bush camping.


Oma Waterhole: popular for fishing and watersports, and home to a fishing competition and festival mid-year (subject to rains); 15 km SW.

Idalia National Park: 62 km SE; see Blackall.

Campsites around town

Barcoo River camping area

Camping is permitted beside the Barcoo River in Isisford. The camping area has a toilet block; the nearby park has an amenities block with showers. The Barcoo River offers excellent fishing, camping, canoeing and... Find out more

Oma Waterhole camping area 13 km

The Oma Waterhole for self-sufficient campers is set beside the Barcoo River on Yaraka Rd, 13 km south of Isisford. The river offers excellent fishing, camping, canoeing and birdwatching. Isisford is about 120 km west of... Find out more

Monks Tank camping area (bush camping) 72 km

Monks Tank has a clearing for self-sufficient, camping with permits available from a self-registration station. To reach Idalia National Park, follow Isisford Rd from Blackall for 42 km then turn left onto Yaraka Rd. At... Find out more

Yaraka Town Caravan Park 78 km

This small caravan park for self-sufficient visitors is behind the Yaraka Town Hall, next to the Yaraka Hotel. There are 3 sites available (free of charge) with concrete slabs, power and water. Yaraka is about 100 km... Find out more

Longreach Tourist Park 92 km

This holiday park provides a comfortable stay in one of central Qld’s popular tourist towns. Facilities include 2 swimming pools, 3 spas, a mini mart, wireless broadband internet or internet kiosks, free electric... Find out more

Longreach Waterhole camping area 96 km

The Longreach Waterhole is reached from the Landsborough Hwy, about 4 km north-west of Longreach. There’s a toilet block, picnic tables and shelters in the adjacent day-use area, but you need to be totally... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Longreach Tourist Park 92 km

Longreach is a busy tourist centre during the cooler months and a booking is important even though the park has expanded. It is within walking distance of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and about 2 km from... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Newstead Creek rest area 85 km

74km W of Barcaldine (R) or 6km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Ilfracombe park area 85 km

At Ilfracombe

Adjacent to the highway at the historical vehicle display.

Dartmouth rest area 86 km

63km W of Barcaldine (R) or 17km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Douglas Ponds rest area 91 km

23km N of Blackall (L) or 84km S of Barcaldine (R)

Secluded area well off the highway among some trees.

Longreach Waterhole camping area 96 km

5km NW of Longreach (R) or 175km SE of Winton (L)

Well off the highway near the river via River Farms Rd.

Tara rest area 98 km

29km W of Barcaldine (R) or 51km E of Ilfracombe (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Sheep and Wool Show: May.

Fishing Competition and Festival: July.

Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana: June/July.

Isisford Ross Cup: horseracing; Oct.

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