There are more reasons for visiting Julia Creek's Visitor Information Centre than simply picking up tourist information. Julia Creek's visitors centre, At the Creek, is itself a multi-award-winning attraction in town. Situated on the corner of Burke and Julia Streets, At the Creek is designed to take visitors on an ecological and cultural journey.
Four historic buildings were relocated to the site. Three Railway fettlers' cottages have become display rooms including a local art gallery. The display rooms incorporate touch-button plasma screens to share the history, culture and industry unique to the district.
The other building once did service as the local jail but now has a combined use as a theatrette for visitors and a multi-purpose room for locals or also known as Reflections at the Creek.
Outside, paths not only lead to a central outdoors display but also follow special themes. The Creek Path uses the rich colours of the region and indicates the abundant channels and creek systems. The Diagonal Path is straight and reflects the era of European explorers and settlers. And the central display where the paths intersect is the Artesian Bore, highlighting the importance of artesian water to the region.
At the Creek is open from October to March on weekdays from 9.00am to 5.00pm and from April to September the complex is additionally open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00am to noon. The interpretive centre has been built in such a way that even when the visitors centre is not manned, people are able to wander through the complex and access information from outdoor audio stations and at night via an outdoor video screen.
A new addition to the centre is ‘Beneath the Creek' which explores the underground features that have shaped the regions past through an interactive floor, touch screens and big screen films which provide a detailed insight into life in the McKinlay Shire.