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.
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
Breaking the trip between Cloncurry and Normanton on the @matildaway Way is The @burkeandwillsroadhouse , so named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers.
Situated at the Burke & Wills Junction it is also the turn-off for travellers heading to Gregory Downs or Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.
Everything you need for a quick stop or an overnight with a licenced bar, convenience store, caravan park with air-conditioned accommodation, restaurant and fuel station all rolled into one.
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Then and now!
Leichhardt Hotel/Motel Cloncurry is a family run, true local hotel and have been there for 50 years. A lot of town and family history is contained in those walls!
They pride themselves on having the best customer service and they look forward to you to enjoying a relaxed meal in the Bistro or a cold drink in one of our bars.
Or you may need somewhere to stay a night or two when you're exploring 'The Curry'. There are 16 stand alone motel units with secure parking.
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From the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of Outback Queensland, the @overlandersway will take you through towns rich with history, dinosaur discoveries and some of the world's quirkiest events; all without having to leave the bitumen.
Starting in Townsville, the drive takes you through Charters Towers and the Outback towns of Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mount Isa (including Camooweal on the Queensland-Northern Territory border). The entire journey is 1097kms.
You have the chance to win a great prize for each town along the Overlanders Way! Go to https://www.overlandersway.com/overlanders-way-giveaway-competition/ to find out how*. Get in quick, competition closes on 10 June with winners announced from 13 June.
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Yes it’s that blue!
Mary Kathleen Township once a town of about 1000 with shops, schools, churches and more now is a ghost town. Nothing but concrete slabs you can set up your camper or caravan (for free and you’ll need to self sufficient).
A short but rugged 5km drive (recommended for 4WD) from town to the Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine.
The Mary Kathleen uranium discovery was made by Clem Walton and Norm McConachy in 1954, and named after McConachy's wife.
In 1982 when reserves were finally exhausted, the site was rehabilitated, and most of the buildings sold and removed from town.
Today it’s a popular camping spot and a photographers dream about half way between Cloncurry and Mount Isa.
The water might look tempting but don’t let that fool you, it’s definitely not suitable for swimming.
Great photos by @seanscottphotography
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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