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Burketown - Cities, Towns and Localities

“Barramundi Capital of Australia”

Established in 1865, Burketown named after the famous explorer Burke, has suffered boom and bust over its history. Located near the Albert River on the edge of the Savannah grasslands this small town was once decimated by what was then called "Gulf Fever" most likely typhoid or dengue fever. Most of the residents who survived the outbreak moved to Normanton.

After this outbreak the town somehow didnt live up to the promises of its early founders, today the small town has a population of some 260 residents with easy access to the Gulf of Carpentaria via the Albert River for fishing.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Information Centre Burketown Information Centre
Burketown Shire Council
Musgrave Street
Ph: 07 4745 5111 (Info Centre)
Ph: 07 4745 5100 (Burke Shire Council)
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Burketown Attractions

Adels Grove 
• Ph: 07 4748 5502
• Established by French botanist Albert de Lestang in the 1930s, this park covers some 30ha of tropical gardens. Facilities include, caravan park, campground, kiosk, airstrip and guide services.
Lawn Hill Gorge
• The gulf snapping turtle (Lavarackorum elseya) has been identified as a denizen of the remote Lawn Hill Gorge in the Gulf of Carpentaria Savannah. The find is of major international significance as the turtle was believed to have become extinct due to massive climatic change during the Pleistocene age. Previously the only evidence of the ancient turtle was a single fossil found at Riversleigh QLD.
Sweers Island • Sweers Island Resort
• PMB 1, KARUMBA QLD 4891 • Ph: 07 4748 5544 • Email
• Would be one of the most romantic and remote islands in Australia. A resort exists on the island and is surrounded by thousands of acres of reefs most of which has never seen a fish hook.
World Barramundi Fishing Championships
• Ph: 07 4745 5100 • Email
• Held each in April, $7,500 prize money up for grabs for the heaviest barramundi.

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