Julia Creek

Dirt and Dust Festival, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 368

Julia Creek became known as 'The Gateway to the Gulf' after the road to Normanton was sealed in 1964. Pioneer Donald MacIntyre was the first to settle when he established Dalgonally Station in 1862. Julia Creek is actually named after his niece. A monument to Donald and his brother Duncan (an explorer who led a search for Leichhardt) can be seen by the grave site on the station boundary. The district's main industries are cattle, sheep and mining. It is also home to a rare and endangered marsupial, the Julia Creek dunnart, a tiny nocturnal hunter found only within a 100-kilometre radius of town.

Visitor Information

34 Burke St, cnr Julia St; (07) 4746 7690


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In Town

Duncan MacIntyre Museum: local pioneering and cattle history; Burke St.

Opera House: photographic display of McKinlay Shire; closed weekends; Julia St.

Historical walk: stroll the 38 signposted historical sites around the town; map from visitor centre.


WW II bunkers: remains of concrete bunkers used to assist navigation of allied aircraft; western outskirts near airport.

Punchbowl waterhole: popular area for swimming and fishing on the Flinders River; 45 km NE.

PROA Redclaw Farm: 12 ponds with over 16 000 redclaw; 75 km SE.

Sedan Dip: popular swimming, fishing and picnicking spot; 100 km N.

Rest areas around town

Julia Creek rest area 2 km

At Julia Creek

Well off the highway along the banks of Julia Creek on the east side of town.

Oorindi rest area 66 km

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

Just off the highway.

McKinlay park area 83 km

At McKinlay

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Wild Duck Creek Rest Area 90 km

30 km NW of Kynuna (L) or 46 km SE of McKinlay (R)

Large area just off the highway.

Fullarton River rest area 93 km

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

Just off the highway near the scrub.

Maxwelton rest area 98 km

49km W of Richmond (R) or 100km E of Julia Creek (L)

Just off the highway.

What's on around town

Dirt and Dust Festival: Apr.

Horseracing: Apr–Aug.

Campdraft and Rodeo: May, June and Aug.

Cultural Capers: Oct.

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