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Julia Creek - Cities, Towns and Localities
Julia Creek is a small township located on the Overlander's Way, a popular tourism drive connecting Townsville with Mount Isa and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Just to the east of Julia Creek is Richmond, the 'Fossil Capital of Australia' and just to the west is Cloncurry, fame as being where the Royal Flying Doctor Service was conceived and setup by Rev. John Flynn.

Julia Creek sits in flat downs country, and was traditionally a cattle and sheep grazing area, although mining has taken over as the main commodity for the area.

There are four bores within a 2 km radius of Julia Creeks supplying the town water. The water is then pumped into the distinctive "Wineglass" shaped water tower for town use.

Whilst summer temperature can soar into the forties and the monsoon period from November to March can make the climate very humid, the short winter brings cool and dry conditions, with day time temperatures no higher than the mid twenties.1

Check out our listing of Julia Creek accommodation and Dinosaur Trail accommodation. 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 Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre
Corner of Burke and Julia Streets
Ph: 07 4746 7690
April - September
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 12 pm
Sunday 9 am - 12 pm
October - March
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Julia Creek Attractions

At the Creek
• Visitors to Julia Creek should drop into the new visitor information centre. Through outdoor audio stations, movies and static displays, come and experience life in Julia Creek and McKinlay Shire told by local residents. The outdoor area At the Creek has been designed to recreate an authentic local landscape. The site consists of multiple pathways which aide as orientation tools to provide the visitor a variety of journeys, while telling stories about people and place.
Julia Creek Historical Walk
• Visitors can enjoy a self-guided heritage walk around the 36 sign posted sites in Julia Creek. Pickup a map from the visitors centre or download a copy of the Julia Creek History Walk from the McKinlay Shire Council. Just follow the link Visitors > Shire Maps.
Nature Trail
• Located behind the caravan park, there is a nature trail that takes approximately 45 mins to complete. The trail offers a chance to see some of the local birds and wildlife, especially if you do the walk either in the early morning or late afternoon. A bird list had be had from the information centre.
Water Tower
• The wine glass shaped water tower, opened in 1971, stands at 30 m. It has the capacity to hold 100,000 gallons of water and stands above one of Julia Creek's bores. It serve to provide good water pressure in the town, as well as allowing the water to cool. The water used comes from the Great Artesian Basin. Artesian water is often too hot to use when it comes out of the ground, and most houses in Julia Creek have tanks to allow for cooling. A blue light illuminates the Water Tower at night creating a striking visual effect.
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Julia Creek Distance

Distance to Julia Creek
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Julia Creek:
• Barcaldine  
• Boulia via Winton  
• Brisbane  
• Cairns  
• Charters Towers  
• Cloncurry  
• Emerald via Charters Towers  
• Julia Creek  
• Muttaburra  
• Longreach  
• Mount Isa  
• Richmond  
• Townsville  
• Winton  
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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Julia Creek Other Links

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1 James Cook University - Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences. Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health: Julia Creek. Retrieved 6 June, 2012.
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