Julia Creek is proudly situated on the Overlander's Way, the main travelling route from Townsville that runs all the way to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Approximately 650km west of Townsville and 250km east of Mt Isa, Julia Creek lies in the heart of the Outback. The Downs Country around Julia Creek has traditionally been utilised for sheep and cattle grazing. Also within the McKinlay Shire lies South 32's Cannington Mine which produces silver, lead and zinc. The Cannington Mine was the official supplier for silver used at the Sydney Olympic Games. The McKinlay Shire sits on the Great Artesian Basin which sustains primary productions and the town water supplies. The distinctive wine glass shaped water tower in Julia Creek acts to cool the artesian water and at 30 metres tall, assists with water pressure. Julia Creek is home to the endangered Julia Creek Dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi) which is an extremely shy nocturnal hunter found on the Mitchell grass downs surrounding Julia Creek. With the sealing of the road from Julia Creek to Normanton in 1964, Julia Creek became colloquially known as the "Gateway to the Gulf" however, there is so much more to this beautiful town with a big heart. Come and unearth the understated beauty for yourself.
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WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN JULIA CREEK?
Just looking around town, one feature you definitely won't miss is the 30m wine glass shaped water tower, which can be seen from up to 20km away. Blue feature lighting makes it an attractive sight at night.
At the Creek - the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre
Duncan McIntyre Museum
An interesting collection of memorabilia can be found at the newly renovated Duncan McIntyre Museum located in Burke Street.
The Julia Creek Opera House
Opened on the same day as the Sydney Opera House, The Julia Creek Opera House displays an interesting collection of local and regional photographs. The Opera House is tucked in behind the Civic Centre on Julia Street.
Obtain a map from the visitors centre and walk the 38 signposted sites, reading their interesting and colourful history along the way.
Spirit of the Light HorseSculpture - Julia Creek RSL
Standing proud at the Julia Creek RSL, Samson, the major sculpture was created by artist, Sue Tilley, from a range of vintage metal objects collected locally. Samson, together with the surrounding Light Horse Brigade silhouettes, form a prominent tribute to the spirit of the ANZACs. This is located on the corner of Mathews and Goldring Streets (heavy vehicle bypass).
The remains of a Directional Finding Installation can be seen near the cattle sale yards, on the western side of town. These buildings served as a wartime navigational aid being directly responsible for saving allied aircraft from destruction and giving pilots information to plot their course. the bunker stations sent out an invisible ray or beam to the air craft, which showed on the planes' instrument panel, to guide the planes back on course.
In the late afternoon, a stroll along the nature trail at the back of the caravan park usually rewards you with the sight and sound of wonderful birdlife and other wildlife.
Hire a free bright coloured cruiser bike from the RV Friendly camp site, theses bikes can be used to travel into town on the fully sealed walking/riding track.
Looking for something a little bit different - Bush Dinner
Starting late April to September come along and enjoy the award winning Bush Dinner nights at the Julia Creek Caravan Park (all welcome including free campers) each Monday night. Enjoy some local produce cooked for you by a local non-profit community group, hear a local yarn told by a true blue outback Aussie, enjoy the warmth of our camp fire and maybe even win a prize. $15pp please bring your own cutlery, drinks and chair for a great night.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Telephone Country Code and Area Code? The Country Code of Australia is +61 and the area code of Queensland is (07).
Is there mobile coverage in Julia Creek? Yes but only through the Telstra network. If you have a phone through another carrier, you can pick up a Telstra pre-paid Sim card from the Julia Creek Post Office on the corner of Burke and Julia Streets. For more information on the Telstra mobile network, go to https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/coverage-networks/our-coverage
Where can I get money out? There is a Suncorp Bank on Burke Street in Julia Creek however, it is not open every day. The Julia Creek Post Office is a Commonwealth Bank Agent. There is an ATM in the Julia Creek Roadhouse. A lot of the local businesses also offer cash but there is a minimum spend also required.
Can I drink the water from the tap? Yes, the locals drink the artesian water. You might not love the taste (as with any town's water). In which case, bottled water is available from a number of shops throughout town.
Where can I get a coffee? There are so many options around town! The Julia Creek Roadhouse, Godier's Friendly Grocer, Foodmart and the Post Office all sell coffees and snacks!
Where can I get a meal? All of the above + the Julia Creek Top Pub and Gannon's Hotel.
Where can I get ice? Foodmart, Godier's Friendly Grocer & Julia Creek Roadhouse
Is there public internet access in Julia Creek? Yes. The Julia Creek Library and the Visitor Information Centre have access points. Free Wi-Fi is available at the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre and at the Julia Creek Caravan Park for guests.
Where can I swim in Julia Creek? At the Julia Creek Swimming Pool located on Julia Street. Check the seasonal opening hours on the Swimming Pool noticeboard.
Where can I see a doctor? Please phone the Julia Creek Hospital to make appointments (07) 4746 4000.
Where can I get a Pharmacy script filled? There is no pharmacy in Julia Creek however, Cooleebah Gifts on Burke Street sells an array of over the counter medicine. The Julia Creek Hospital can fill some general scripts for patients of the hospital. The closest pharmacy is in Cloncurry.
Where can I do a load of washing? Julia Creek Caravan Park (machines are available to the public) and the Julia Creek Post Officer (entry via Julia Street).
Where can I use a clothes dryer? Julia Creek Caravan Park (machines are available to the public).
Can I have pets at the local motels/caravan parks? Yes - on approval. However, at most places it pays to ask prior to arrival. Pets are definitely not allowed in motel rooms.
Is there a mechanic in Julia Creek? Yes there are a couple. Please check the McKinlay Shire Council's Business Directory.
Where can I get a tyre repaired or replaced? Marwill - 41 Burke Street, Julia Creek. They are open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. They also do after hours call outs. Please phone 0429 467 140.
Where can I get a gas bottle refilled? Julia Creek Hardware - 48 Burke Street. They are open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm & Saturday 8:30am - 12noon. There are Swap n Go bottles at the Julia Creek Road House.
How can I find out about local Road Conditions? Please visit the McKinlay Shire Council's website. These conditions are updated regularly. You can also visit the RACQ website on or call the Department of Main Roads on 13 19 40.
What are the local emergency contact details? In an emergency, please call 000. If it's not an emergency, you can reach the Julia Creek Police Station (07) 4746 7120, the Julia Creek Hospital on (07) 4746 4000 and the Julia Creek Fire Station on (07) 4746 7917.
How can I travel to and from Julia Creek? There are lots of options - bus, plane and rail. Your best bet would be to visit the friendly locals at the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre and they can assist you with bookings.