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

Weather

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 mining history that will lead you deep underground.

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.

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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Meanwhile in the #outbackqueensland North West Region

Instagram post 17931081289587522 We love to see your adventures in Outback Queensland. 

Don't forget to #outbackqueensland or @outbackqueensland so we can see them.

Leave your mark on the Stonehenge address book located two kilometres out of town (on the Longreach side) of the sealed Stonehenge turn-off. When you see a wide, flat area and spy messages made from stones, you’ll know you’ve found it.

Please remember if leaving your mark not to remove stones already in use.

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Instagram post 17889554354283981 This weekend sees the @outbackqueenslandmasters tee off on Australia’s most remote golf series, spanning an epic 1,600 kilometres across Queensland’s Outback.

Tomorrow and Sunday the round starts off in Biloela, @sandstonewonders.

Followed by
26-27 June – Charleville, @experiencecharleville 
3-4 July – Quilpie, @visitquilpieshire
10-11 July – Blackall, @betterinblackall 
17-18 July – Hughenden, @visithughenden 
23-25 July – Longreach, @experiencelongreach 

Good luck to the competitors and all involved.
For more information go to https://www.outbackqldmasters.com/ 

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Instagram post 18129019882205457 Winds in Longreach have brought in something a little different!

Great video by @outback_yacht_club 

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Instagram post 17881214876293319 Did you know Thargomindah was the first town in Australia, and third in the world, to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin? It was also the first town to have reticulated water in Australia.

In 1891 drilling commenced on a bore to supply the town with water, and in 1893 a good supply was struck at a depth of 2650ft (808mtrs) with the water coming from the bore at a temperature of 84°C (182°F). The water is forced out under pressure.  it was recorded in 1924, that the bore had a daily output of 670,000 gallons with a 70-foot high plume of boiling water at full force, which registered a temperature of 86°C or 178°F. Today, its flow is about 340,000 gallons at 248kPa with a temperature of approximately 84°C.

The old bore was the source of energy for Australia's first hydro-electric scheme when in 1898 Thargomindah street lights were powered by means of generators coupled to a water turbine driven by the bore's natural water pressure. 

Lighting in the town was connected daily from 5.30pm to 11.30pm. This method was in operation until 1951, when diesel generators were installed. The town was connected to the Grid system in 1988.
The new sealed Town Bore, which was commissioned in July 1999, has an average temperature of 82°C, is 820m deep, with a flow of 5,720,000 litres per day at a force of 1,200kPa.

Today you can take a self-guided tour to experience the hydroelectric power plant. 

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Instagram post 18157437814080250 One of Australia's premier horse events, @currychallenge The Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge & Campdraft is an elite and prestigious competition, drawing competitors from far and wide in a fierce and thrilling 5-day event.

Hosted from 13-18 July in Experience Cloncurry annually, the Stockman’s Challenge has become the bench mark for young performance horses in Australia.

For more information type in your broswer https://www.currychallenge.com.au/

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