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Overlander's Way - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Townsville, QLD
• Charters Towers, QLD
• Hughenden, QLD
• Richmond, QLD
• Julia Creek, QLD
• Cloncurry, QLD
• Mount Isa, QLD
• Camooweal, QLD
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From Townsville to Tennant Creek, travellers can follow in the footsteps of our pioneers, who over 100 years have crossed the breadth of Queensland into the Northern Territory. This 1,550 km wonderful driving adventure, links the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef with the heart of Australia's outback in the Northern Territory.

It was our droving pioneers, who followed the same path with their vast herds of live cattle from the east Kimberley to the coast. This same route, which later served as an important supply line during World War II, allows the modern day tourist and traveller to start either from Townsville or Tennant Creek, and taking in the outback towns of Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa and Camooweal (on the Queensland-Northern Territory border), and Tennant Creek.

Check out our listing of Overlander's Way 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.

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Overlander's Way Attractions

• For those adventurers experiencing the Overlander's Way, the tropical city of Townsville, located on the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef is your perfect start or end of this tourism drive.
Charters Towers
• Once fuelled by gold fever and once the second largest city in Queensland, many of the restored buildings are a reflection of the wealth that was generated by gold in the outback city.
• With ancient countryside brimming with fossils and the popular Porcupine Gorge for swimming, fishing and bird watching are some of the popular activities in the region. As part of the 'Dinosaur Trail', the Flinders Discovery Centre is where you can step back in time with their exhibition of dinosaur fossils.
• Known as the 'Fossil Capital of Australia', Richmond was once submerged beneath an 'Ancient Inland Sea'. Forward time, 100 million years later, the prolific fossilised remains are evident of the prolific range of life that once inhabited this region. As part of the 'Dinosaur Trail', the Kronosaurus Korner is where to start your exploration of the many marine fossils. Fossil fossicking is encouraged and Kronosaurus Korner is a good place to get the best advice as you head out to do your own fossil fossicking.

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Overlander's Way Distance

Distances along the Overlander's Way
• Following are some approximate distances by road along the Overlander's Way:
• Townsville to Charters Towers 134
• Charters Towers to Hughenden 243
• Hughenden to Richmond 112
• Richmond to Julia Creek 145
• Julia Creek to Cloncurry 137
• Cloncurry to Mount Isa 112
• Mount Isa to Camooweal 185
• Camooweal to the NT border 13
• NT border to Tennant Creek, NT 469
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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