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
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.