North West Region

Travel Times

Mount Isa to Cloncurry 1 Hour 20 mins

Mount Isa to Richmond 4 Hours 20 mins

Mount Isa to Hughenden 5 Hours 30 mins

Mount Isa to Longreach (by air) 1 Hour 15 mins


Average Temperature 31.9º C

Average Rainfall 213 mm

About North West Region

Pack your hard-hat and sense of adventure – just four hours’ drive west of Townsville, Outback Queensland’s north west region begins.

It’s packed with dinosaur fossils, jaw-dropping scenery and a mining history that will lead you deep underground in Mount Isa.

Ancient history is the only kind served around here, from Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park where you can walk amongst 25-million-year-old World Heritage-listed sites at Riversleigh, to ancient underwater marine reptiles in Richmond, or the fossil collections in Hughenden.

Cloncurry, birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the destination for the first Qantas flight is also known for its minerals and gems.

Artesian baths, an award-winning caravan park and a lively calendar of events are huge attractions for travellers to the small town of Julia Creek.

No two days are the same in these parts: and in the north west a sense of adventure is the only packing essential.


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Instagram post 18106686508289987 Covering an area of 5410ha, Porcupine Gorge National Park extends for more than 25km along Porcupine Creek, and includes surrounding open woodland and grassland. 

The Kennedy Development road to Porcupine Gorge is fully sealed. The Gorge Lookout is 63km north of Hughenden and the Pyramid Lookout, campground, Rim Walk and Gorge Walk are another 11km further north.

Amazing photo by @overlandtravellers with @drivenorthqueensland 

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Instagram post 18178796251231625 Wilson River is a tributary of Cooper's Creek. The River passes through the land belonging to Nockatunga Station, which was originally settled by the Drynan brothers in 1868.

A large waterhole exists within the Wilson River adjacent to the Noccundra Hotel, and is referred to as the Noccundra Waterhole. This waterhole is a popular campsite for locals and visitors alike.

Great photo by @j9.travels 

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The place of ancient landscapes and pioneering history, Outback characters and stories, Indigenous culture and sacred places. In Outback Queensland you can experience the best that Australia has to offer, including road trips to quintessentially Aussie events, unique Australian culture to wild adventures.

Find yourself a camping spot next to a lake or billabong, or on an Outback cattle station. Take a 4WD off-road to explore our National Parks, slide down a huge red sand dune, or hunt for opals or fossils. 

Plan your next holiday with 117 pages packed full of new Outback experiences, attractions, events and accommodation.

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The Barcoo Shire lays claim to the most exceptionally unique place in Australia and the world. It is the only place where two prominent and significate inland rivers, the Thomson and Barcoo meet to form a creek the Cooper Creek.

Rich in history, the Barcoo Shire has an outback experience to offer everyone. Along with unique rustic landscapes, distinctive flora and fauna, spectacular wildlife, freshwater fishing, golf, bird watching and stunning sunsets.

The welcoming three outback towns of Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge can all be easily accessed via sealed roads and are located within a leisurely drive to the major towns of Longreach or Quilpie.

Beautiful reel via @visit_barcoo 

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