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'The Curry', as Cloncurry is affectionately known by locals, is most famous for being the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Conceived and launched by the Reverend John Flynn in the 1920s, this flying medical service is just as integral to the people of the outback today as it ever was. At the John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, learn about the founding of the RFDS and how Flynn harnessed the emerging technology of the pedal radio to pioneer outback communication.

On the theme of aviation, visit the original Qantas hangar where the first passenger flew from Longreach to Cloncurry in 1922. Some say that Qantas was conceived in Winton, born in Cloncurry and grew up in Longreach, so all three towns played a massive part in the Australian icon's development.

Cloncurry was named by explorer Robert O'Hara Burke and you can see his drink bottle at the Burke and Wills display in the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum at the Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park, where you can learn about the former Mary Kathleen uranium mine. Mining still plays a huge role in the town's economy with some of Australia's largest copper deposits in the region.

The Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum can provide tourist information, fossickers licenses, maps and light refreshments. They also carry a wide range of souvenirs, gift ideas, postcards and Cloncurry t-shirts.

If your visit coincides with the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft, you'll be able to witness skillful displays of bush horsemanship in a tribute to the Australian horseman. Horses and their riders work together to overcome obstacles, move cattle and demonstrate their ability, training and presentation in a series of timed events.

Coopers Country Lodge - Eromanga

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Discovery Parks - Argylla - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Mountain Villas - Lamington National Park

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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Cloncurry

Cloncurry: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cloncurry War Memorial


The Cloncurry War Memorial is located at the intersection of Sheaff and Scarr streets. The memorial originally included four clocks - one on each side of the pedestal. These have been replaced with metal circles paying tribute to the RAAF, Navy, Army and Nursing services. The memorial was installed by the Returned Sailors Soldiers Imperial League of Australia.

His Excellency the Governor General, Lord Stonehaven, unveiled the memorial on 26 August 1927. He was returning from a short holiday in Normanton where he was engaged in bird watching, duck shooting and fishing, taking advantage of the new QANTAS airline trips to the gulf.

Later that year, the memorial clock was handed over to the council to ensure its ongoing maintenance.

In 1939 the Cloncurry Shire Council built a new War Memorial Hall, further along Scarr Street. From that time on, ANZAC commemorations were able to proceed to the hall for refreshments.




Sheaff Street,
Corner of Scarr Street
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 0.0K from Cloncurry

John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery


John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery in Cloncurry commemorates the work of John Flynn and the beginnings of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The museum is a three story venue which also celebrates the contribution from Fred McKay and Alfred Traeger.

It was at Cloncurry that the Royal Flying Doctor Service was established in 1928. Flynn's choice of Cloncurry was based on its proximity to the mining camps and scattered pastoralists, all of whom were poorly served by any kind of medical services.

John Flynn Place houses an excellent overview of the Flynn legacy. The museum's display moves progressively from an image of outback conditions at the turn of the century to the history of Flynn himself. It includes some interesting personal memorabilia and explanations of how the whole Flying Doctor system worked in the early days.

The Radio Galley is a tribute to amazing work of Alfred Traeger, the inventive genius who gave a voice to Outback Australia, through the pedal radio. A valuable art collection is on display in the Fred McKay Art Gallery, which displays winners of the Ernest Henry Art Show and temporary exhibitions.




King Street,
Corner of Daintree Street
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 0.3K from Cloncurry

Cloncurry: Events

Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival


The Cloncurry Shire is rich in gold, copper, garnets, amethyst, crystals, Maltese crosses as well as collection of other minor minerals that can be sourced in the region; and at the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival you will see them all on display.

It is unique and the only event of its kind held in the North West, with live entertainment, children's activities, market stalls and gem and mineral specimens available for purchase.

The event is held during the cooler months and many tourists passing by find themselves enjoying a chat with the locals and getting a snap shot on 'life in the bush'.


Event Dates
2017
      30th Jun
      1st Jul
      2nd Jul


48 McIlwraith Street
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 1.5K from Cloncurry

Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft


The Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is an annual campdrafting and challenge event celebrating the talent and passion of horsemen and is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia. The Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states in to a fierce and thrilling competition. The Challenge originated in Cloncurry in 1983 and involves 'wet' and 'dry' work that includes competitors and horses completing patterns including manoeuvres such as flying changes, roll backs, spins and stops. The competitor and horse are also required to complete cattle work to demonstrate a variety of skills. There are nine campdraft and six challenge events for all ages, evening entertainment including a rodeo, live entertainment and trade stalls.



Event Dates
2017
      12th Jul
      13th Jul
      14th Jul
      15th Jul
      16th Jul


Cloncurry Equestrian Centre,
Hensley Drive
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 2.5K from Cloncurry

Curry Merry Muster Festival


Since 1954 the 'Curry Merry Muster' has provided Cloncurry and the surrounding region with all the thrills and spills of rodeo, brimming with community spirit. Today the event has grown to a festival boasting a pro-rodeo renowned as Australia's highest single payout professional rodeo.

The Festival will incorporate the popular Street Parade; annually attracting in excess of 40 themed community floats. A launch to the weekend festivities to follow the Street Parade incorporate community stalls, food, bar and live entertainment.

Friday will showcase the famous Bush Poets Breakfast; attracting local and visiting poets and incorporating a camp oven breakfast, the Teddy Bears Picnic and an all new junior rodeo.

Friday evening and Saturday will boast the 'Curry Merry Muster' pro-rodeo which see thousands of spectators flock to see the champions compete for top prize money and the chance to win a one of a kind hand crafted buckle.


Event Dates
2017
      3rd Aug
      4th Aug
      5th Aug
      6th Aug


Hensley Drive
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 2.7K from Cloncurry

Cloncurry: Travel Tips

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum


Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum is located on Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park, McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry. The accredited Visitor Information Centre staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can provide you with local information, maps, brochures and accommodation details. You can also pick up a Fossicking Licence here. The gift shop has a great selection of souvenirs, hot beverages, ice-creams and drinks.

In the museum see displays on Burke and Wills, Mary Kathleen Mine, Ernest Henry (founder of Cloncurry and the great mineral wealth of the district). See the collection of memorabilia on Cloncurry and district and one of Australia's most comprehensive gem and mineral collections.

In the outdoor museum see displays of mining and pastoral machinery, including traction engines, and a unique 1940s Ford rail ambulance.

Sit and relax in the shaded parklands, enjoy a barbecue, or let the kids stretch their legs in the playground. Take a short walk to the lookout with central views of Cloncurry and enjoy a coffee while you take in the surrounding countryside.






48 McIlwraith Street,
Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park
Cloncurry, QLD, 4824

Located 1.5K from Cloncurry

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