About Cloncurry

Population: 3,200

The ‘Curry’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is 120km east of Mount Isa and 400km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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. Cloncurry 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 including Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum, John Flynn Place Museum & Art Gallery, Chinaman Creek Dam, Cloncurry Lookout and Mary Kathleen Mine.

Visit Cloncurry Unearthed and 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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John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery

When vision meets innovation, all goals are achievable. In honor of the extraordinary efforts and achievements of Australia’s early pioneers, the Cloncurry John Flynn Place Museum pays tribute to Reverend John Flynn and his team for their dedication and success in overcoming isolation and bringing communication education, and

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Meanwhile in Cloncurry | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 18283859914067564 Overlooking the township of Cloncurry and the Cloncurry River, @_thezookeeper painted a mural on the water tank of 'Barrack', a proud and powerful Mitakoodi boy who sits looking out over the land.

The Mitakoodi peoples of the Cloncurry River (the 'River People') and region, have a rich and diverse archaeological history unknown to the rest of Australia.

They are the custodians of the famous basalt axe quarries which along with the Kalkadoon (Mt Isa) axe quarries have been foremost as a regional stone source, supplying high quality stone axes to many language groups throughout Australia via the 'Channel Country' and its complex social exchange network system.

The Mitakoodi peoples are also the custodians of the white ochre dreaming ceremonial and initiation sites, large and small tangible man made monuments and structures scatted throughout the harsh spinifex landscape.

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Video via @overlandersway 
Information on the Mitakoodi people via the Australian National University