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Torrens Creek

The Torrens Creek, after which this Outback town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough discovered it in 1862 while searching for Burke and Wills. He named the creek after Sir Robert Torrens, Premier of South Australia.

The Great North Railway reached Torrens Creek in 1885 and from then on it became the supply centre for a large district. Mailmen rode out to the north and south to various stations delivering mail along routes which are still used today. The district's most famous mailman, Jack Blunt, who served from 1931 to 1954 is honoured with a cairn and plaque erected by Torrens Creek residents.

Torrens Creek had its place in history associated with the Coral Sea battle. In 1942 this little town was nearly blown apart when a huge allied ammunition dump exploded. Torrens Creek was in a vital position for a supply dump when the threat of Japanese invasion was apparent. Australian and American troops were in charge and carried out regular controlled burns to create firebreaks. One summer day in 1942 a fire that was not properly extinguished caused a terrific explosion, which hurled men from their trucks. There were 12 major explosions in succession, sufficient to leave craters 20 feet deep.

South of Torrens Creek is Moorrinya National Park. This park offers a dramatic impression of the harsh beauty and open expanse of the Desert Uplands. White Mountains National Park offers short walking tracks for those who wish to explore this magic spot a little further.

Abajaz Motor Inn - Longreach

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From: A$129

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Central Point Motel - Mt Isa

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From: A$117

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Coopers Country Lodge - Eromanga

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From: A$119

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Discovery Parks - Argylla - Mount Isa

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From: A$159

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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From: A$220

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Leichhardt Accommodation - Mount Isa

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From: A$117

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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From: A$200

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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From: A$140

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O'Reilly's Mountain Villas - Lamington National Park

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From: A$468

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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From: A$181

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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From: A$358

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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From: A$219

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Torrens Creek

Torrens Creek: Where To Go / Sightseeing

White Mountains National Park


Spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, brilliant wildflowers and exceptionally diverse habitats, ranging from lancewood forests to spinifex grasslands and sandy dunes, make this outback park truly unique. The park is a vast arid landscape for most of the year, but comes alive in winter with a colourful display of wildflowers. The spectacled hare-wallaby and eastern pebble-mound mouse are found in this park.

Stop for a picnic at the Burra Range lookout on the Flinders Highway, where it crosses the Great Dividing Range and enjoy views of steep gorges, lancewood forests and white sandstone shelves and peaks. Bushwalk in this remote area to discover the park's many different plants and animals. Look for a variety of honeyeaters and lorikeets feeding on nectar or for reptiles sunning themselves on the rocks. Set up camp at Canns Camp Creek camping area for an outback experience. Four-wheel-drive, or ride your mountain bike or trail bike along the access road from the Flinders Highway to Sawpit Gorge lookout, or to Poison Valley. Enjoy colourful wildflower displays as wattles, ironbarks, acacias and grevilleas bloom from May to September.




Flinders Highway,
80 kilometres north-east of Hughenden
Hughenden, QLD, 4821

Located 23.3K from Torrens Creek

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