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Population: 3,500

Location: Cloncurry Shire



Cloncurry sits on the junction of the Matilda Highway and Flinders Highway (Overlanders Way), nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River. The ‘Curry’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is 120km east of Mount Isa and 400km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Recognised as the friendly heart of the great North West, Queensland’s Friendliest Town 2013 invites you to experience our warm hospitality for yourself.

Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia, as Cloncurry. Birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and destination of the first Qantas flight, it is a community that celebrates outback life, the true Australian way.

Founded by Ernest Henry in 1867 with the discovery of copper, Cloncurry’s core industries include grazing, transport services, copper and gold mining.

Spend a couple of days in the ‘Curry’ and don’t miss out on seeing some of the area’s most popular attractions.

Located off the main highway into Cloncurry is Mary Kathleen Park with ample parking, a covered BBQ area and a children’s playground in shaded parklands. Stretch your legs and go for a short walk up to the lookout, past the unique water feature and take in the stunning panoramic view of Cloncurry and the surrounding rugged landscape. Then stroll around the outdoor mining and farming equipment displays. A feature of these displays is the 1941 Ford V8 Rail Ambulance. This was used when the roads were impassable and was first commissioned back in 1956 and operated until 1971. This historic vehicle is proudly part of the railway collection located in the park.

Cloncurry Unearthed (Visitor Information Centre and Museum) is also located in the park. It houses a unique collection of memorabilia from the now deserted town of Mary Kathleen. Take a step back in time with historical collections, photographs, Indigenous artefacts and one of Australia’s most comprehensive gem and mineral collections.

Ask our friendly staff for advice on things to see and do in the ‘Curry’, pick up a unique souvenir, purchase a fossick licence, or simply enjoy a coffee or cold drink on the veranda.


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Attractions/ Things To Do:

  • John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery celebrates the visionary bush clergyman John Flynn, and the innovations in flight and communications pioneered through to creation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The service was launched in Cloncurry in 1928. The museum pays homage to this crucial part of outback life and the pioneers who had a vision for the service. Wander the museum and enjoy stories, photographs and memorabilia. View the artworks on display in the Fred McKay Art Gallery. Cloncurry has enjoyed a multicultural past.
  • Pay a visit to the historic cemeteries dating back to the 1880s. Learn about early Afghan migrants at the cemetery on Sir Hudson Fysh Drive and the Chinese cemetery on the western side of town.
  •  Chinaman Creek Dam is a lovely area to watch the changing colours of Mt Leviathan at sunset, stretch your legs wandering the waters edge or enjoy a picnic.
  • Cloncurry Lookout, on the drive to the Chinaman Creek Dam, provides another fantastic panoramic view of the township and the Cloncurry River.
  • Visit the Burke & Wills Memorial 43km west of Cloncurry on the bank of the Corella River. Burke and Wills passed through the area in 1861 on their expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf.



Gidgee Inn

Gidgee Inn


Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge

Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge

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Suggested itineraries incorporating Cloncurry

Make Cloncurry a part of your Outback Queensland story by taking the Matilda Way or the Overlander’s Way


Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum

Phone: 07 4742 1361
Email: info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au
Address: Mary Kathleen Memorial Park Mcllwraith Street, Cloncurry


For more information on Cloncurry experiences, see the Cloncurry Shire Council website: www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au/visitor-information-centre