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Cloncurry

The township of Cloncurry in North West Queensland occupies a key hub point in the Outback. Known as 'the friendly heart of the great north west'. Cloncurry was founded in 1867 by Ernest Henry. It was built upon copper mines in the surrounding district, which quickly led to it being one of the most prosperous towns in the Outback. Today, Cloncurry's core industries include grazing, copper and gold mining, transport and mining services. Qantas was conceived in Cloncurry and their aircraft hangar still stands at Cloncurry Shire Airport. The Royal Flying Doctors Service was launched Cloncurry with the first flight on 17 May 1928. The John Flynn Place Museum pay homage to this crucial part of Outback life. Visit a working open-cut mine with the Ernest Henry Mine Tours, department from Mary Kathleen Park every Wednesday and Friday from May to September. There is too much to see in just one day, so spend a couple of days in 'The Curry' and don't miss out on seeing some of the area's most popular attractions. Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum houses history and memorabilia on Cloncurry, Mary Kathleen and surrounding district. A 'must see' is the Burke and Wills history display including Burke's water bottle in the Explorers Corner. The mineral and gem collection is ranked by experts as one of the most comprehensive in Australia. Also on display are Aboriginal artefacts and a portrait and breastplate of George, King of Friezland. Cloncurry now services the sheep and cattle properties in the surrounding district and is an important sales centre for sheep, cattle and horses.

Albert Park Motor Inn - Longreach

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Burke & Wills Motel - Mt Isa

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Central Point Motel - Mt Isa

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Chillagoe Cabins - Chillagoe

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Club Boutique Hotel - Cunnamulla

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Inland Oasis Motel - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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Leichhardt Accommodation - Mount Isa

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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Oaks Moranbah - Moranbah

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Outback Mt Isa - Mount Isa

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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 0.2K 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 1.6K 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 1.6K from Cloncurry

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