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Camooweal - Cities, Towns and Localities

The small town of Camooweal sits on the Barkly Highway, just 13 km east of the border of the Northern Territory, and 190 km north-west of Mount Isa.

Declared the 'Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland', the road from Mount Isa to Camooweal is known to the locals as 'Tojo's Highway'. Built during World War II with American funds, the road was originally designed as a link between the southern states and the theoretical 'front line' in the Northern Territory.

Despite the vastness of the region, Camooweal is considered a 'suburb' of Mount Isa, operating under the jurisdiction of the Mount Isa City Council. The Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal is said to be the longest main street in the world.

The surrounding Camooweal district is honeycombed with sink holes and caves that date back to the Cambrian Period, some 500 million years ago. For the serious and experienced caver, there is a whole new world beneath the Camooweal region to be discovered.

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 The Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre
Barkly Highway
Ph: 07 4748 2160

Information & Enquiries
Drovers Camp Association Inc
Ph: 07 4748 2022

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Camooweal Attractions

Overlander's Way
• Camooweal is located on the tourism route known as the Overlander's Way, which connects Townsville on the Queensland east coast to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. This route follows our droving pioneers, who followed the same path with their vast herds of live cattle from the east Kimberley to the coast and celebrated in the Drovers Camp Festival held in Camooweal in August.
The Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre
• Barkly Hwy, CAMOOWEAL QLD 4828 • Ph: 07 4748 2160
• Built by Burketown merchants in the 1890's, the building is now a museum containing early settlement history.
The Drover's Camp Information Centre
• A national shrine to acknowledge the contribution to Australia's cattle industry and development by the stockmen and stockwomen of all races. Managed by the Drover's Camp Association Inc who maintain and preserve the authentic artefacts, documents, art and photographic treasures. The Camooweal Drover's Festival is an event that embodies the spirit of the Outback. It provides a place for drovers, young and old, to share a yarn and show off their skills, learnt and honed as they travelled across this harsh land.
Camooweal Caves National Park
• Camooweal Caves is a large cave system unlike any other cave system in Queensland.
The elaborate cave systems abound in this 13,800 ha park of the Barkly Tableland, just south east of Camooweal. The only clues to the caves are the sinkhole openings that dot the landscape. Below the landscape, water percolates through 500 million year old layers of soluble dolomite, creating the extensive caverns linked by vertical shafts, some up to 75 metres deep.

Visit the Queensland national parks site for information on Camooweal Caves National Park.

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Camooweal Events

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Drover's Camp Festival
• Ph: 07 4748 2022 • Email
• August
• The annual Drover's Camp Festival at Camooweal celebrates our drovers: the men and women who helped build our great national. This 3 day festival is a smorgasbord of activities and entertainment, featuring exhibitions, music, competitions, bush poets and balladeers, finishing with the Drovers Ball.

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Camooweal Distance

Distance to Camooweal
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Camooweal:
• Burketown 380
• Brisbane 2,011
• Cairns 1,311
• Cloncurry 311
• Julia Creek 447
• Lawn Hill 249
• Mount Isa 190
• Richmond 595
• Tennant Creek, NT 472
• Winton 657
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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