Blogs from Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry September 7th 2023

What a fantastic 5 days we have had in Cloncurry with the "Beat the Heat Festival" being on for 3 days over the weekend. Friday kicked off at 5pm with The Street Party with one of the main back streets been cordoned off and it was $15 a head for entry and there was food and bars inside along with "The Curry Cookoff" judged by Miguel Maestre and then the public were able to do tastings and there was a crowd choice voting, there were some seriously good curries there, Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai etc.... was a really fun event! Early on there was lots of kids entertainment including Cocomelon (which I had never heard of but obviously all the kids there did as they knew the words to the songs and the people's names). Mine ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry September 1st 2023

Had 4 nights in Mt Isa as we had never been here before, we had heard a lot of negative comments about the place but thought hey.... we want to check it out! Fortunately our caravan park was little out of town so it seemed not to be as vulnerable as some the ones closer into town.... mind you they had a few incidents in the weeks before we arrived but we didn't have any trouble at all. There is no doubt Mt Isa has a very high crime rate of theft etc and then the next major one is drugs....I guess they don't call it the youth crime capital of Australia for nothing. Mt Isa itself is a very raw and grungy town I would describe it as..... has everything there you need so we ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry July 10th 2022

Left the camper in Mt Isa and travelled the Overlander’s Way on the Barkly Highway on an excellent sealed, double lane road. The scenery was the best we had travelled through. Undulating, very rugged, highly vegetated hill country. Cloncurry advertises itself as, “The Friendly Heart of Outback Queensland”. It proved to be so as all who we met were indeed friendly. From our readings we learned that in 1861 Burke and Wills with King and Gray (Australian history so rich) were the first known Europeans to come to the area on their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria. We continue to marvel at their courage. No fear Galway men. Entering Cloncurry, one crosses two long, high bridges over the water filled Cloncurry River. We visited the original QANTAS Hangar (still in use) at the aerodrome ... read more
Cloncurry River
Original QANTAS Hangar still in use
Original business signage

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry June 16th 2022

We headed for Corella Dam, around sixty kilometres from Cloncurry, for our first Free Camp of our trip. On the way I wanted to stop off at the Burke and Wills Monument, to pay my respects to these heroes from early Australian exploration. To my dismay, the monument had been vandalised and spraypainted with the words, Always Was, Always Will Be, which is clearly a reference to aboriginals dispossessed of their lands. I drove on a little further and stopped to look at a monument to the aboriginal warriors who were massacred for opposing the white settlers who were taking their lands by force. I began to understand that the white colonial history I had learned in Primary School may not have been balanced. We managed to score a caravan site at Corella Dam right next ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry June 15th 2022

On the way to Cloncurry we stopped off to see two famous hotels, the Blue Heeler Hotel and the Walkabout Creek Hotel, from Crocodile Dundee fame. Cloncurry has a long mining history, which is still active today. We visited the Underground Mining Museum, which contained a tree stump with the initials of Burke and Wills from their fateful Northern Australian expedition. We then visited the Royal Flying Doctor and Australian Inland Mission Museum. The first Royal Flying Doctor plane took off from Cloncurry in 1928, and remains a valuable medical lifeline for outback stations and communities. The Rev John Flynn established religious services for remote areas in Cloncurry in 1915. Chinaman Creek Dam and Lookout was a great place to look out over Cloncurry, where you can see the real outback across the landscape. As we ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 16th 2015

We left Mt Isa and headed towards Cloncurry, from where we would turn off the main road and head north up the Normanton Developmental Road (a highway but with only one sealed lane due to the low traffic numbers). We wouldn't get to Normanton in one day and so we decided to stay at the half way point, a roadhouse called Burke and Wills. The roadhouse is so named because this is close to where the explorers made a final attempt to get to the sea. Unfortunately for them, they picked an area that was full of mangroves, mud and crocs. The closest they made it to the sea (the Gulf of Carpentaria) was approximately five kilometres away, an agonisingly small distance given that they had originally left from Melbourne to traverse the continent. Of course, ... read more
Apostle birds return

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 3rd 2015

Hi travel followers. Another two weeks have past and a lot has happened. From Cairns we headed back to Innisfail and up the range and inland to Ravenshoe, Innot Hot Springs and then Undara to spend a few days touring out and walking the Lava Tubes and the Kalkani crater etc. Just an excellent spot to spend a few days. From there it was on to Georgetown and Forsythe for a day, then Croydon for another day to explore the town and then Normanton for a couple of days. All three towns are fairly small, but each have individual histories to explore. From Normanton it was on to Karumba for a few days and to just chill out and enjoy the "fresh" Barramundi and chips while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Carpentaria etc. ... read more
Undara Lava tube
The road to Normanton
Karumba sunset

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 12th 2014

Today we left Winton and said “Goodbye” to Nancy. She seemed reluctant to see us go but before we departed, she gave us a wonderful gift to thank us for including her in our travels recently – the painting she had shown me last night, with a retouched sky, now blue as it had been, and with a small addition in one corner – a little black dinosaur like “Banjo”. She’d called the painting “Dinosaur Country” and signed and dated it for us. It was done in acrylic paints, which she assured me would be dry, although she’d only finished the changes this morning. I put it back into a bag and laid it on the bed under a light cover to keep it place no matter how rough the roads would be on the trip. ... read more
A Jump-up (mesa) Near Kyuna
Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Hotel
Inside Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Hotel

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry May 18th 2013

Hello there! Yes I am still alive! It has been a long time since my last post, so I'll try to catch up. Last time I was in Tamworth enjoying some really good country music. After the festival, I headed to the Central Coast to do some house-sitting. I was lucky enough to live in a beautiful house, in the middle of a forest with 5 horses and a lovely dog to look after. This wonderful place belongs to Cheryl and Don, an American couple, but very much Aussie! They welcomed me very warmly and I love every minutes I spent in their company. As my job over there wasn't very demanding, it gave me time to visit the area, practice my guitar and relax. As I wasn't far from Newcastle, I went to visit my ... read more
2-With Cheryl and Don

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry July 3rd 2012

Queensland was graced with our presence just after mid-morning as we crossed the border and made it into sleepy Camooweal.We grabbed a shower at the local caravan park and there was a cafe at the general store that served up some tasty treats. Next stop was Mount Isa which was, as expected, a big place but not exactly a destination you would spend your holidays in. After picking up supplies we headed to a free camp that was exactly halfway between Mt Isa and Cloncurry. It was a picturesque spot set among very green bushland and rolling hills and in fact the entire drive to this point was quite unexpected; I envisaged flat and dry plains but on the contrary it was quite the opposite and a lovely stretch of country.... read more

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