This region is known as the friendly heart of the great north west, and it’s not hard to see why.
Cloncurry is the small town with a big spirit and a big, fascinating history for you to discover. Not only was this once a buzzing frontier town attracting Australians, Chinese and Afghanis to town - it is also the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, now recognised the world over.
Today you can learn about these stories at museums, galleries and displays throughout town - or venture to the region beyond and experience the unique landscapes, solitude and serenity of Outback Queensland.
Your stay in ‘The Curry’ won’t be complete without a taste of the history, hospitality and splendour of the great Australian outback. Here are some ideas for your trip.
- Learn about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Museum and Art Gallery.
- Visit the Mary Kathleen abandoned uranium mine, a one hour drive from town and filled with sparkling turquoise water.
- Go back in time at Unearthed Cloncurry, which hosts historical relics and a huge collection of minerals and gems.
- Take a drive to the Chinaman Creek Dam and stop on the way at Cloncurry lookout with views stretching over the region.
- Find your fortune with a fossick license purchased at the Visitor Information Centre.
Take a trip back in time or enjoy an outback sunset - there’s plenty on offer in this North West Queensland town.
In and around Cloncurry
Meet the friendly locals, enjoy great meals and discover Australia's pioneering history in Cloncurry.
Spend some time browsing the John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery which celebrates the history of the Flying Doctor Service, or spot the original Qantas aircraft hangar at Cloncurry Airport, still in use since the 1920’s.
Stroll through Mary Kathleen Park, walk to the lookout and drop in at the Visitor Information Centre where you’ll find advice, maps and information for your stay. Inside the centre you’ll also find the Cloncurry Unearthed display with one of Australia’s largest collections of gems and minerals, as well as historical photos and artefacts.
Stay in town at Gidgee Inn Motel, Cloncurry Holiday Park Oasis or Discovery Parks and choose from the many pubs, cafes and restaurants nearby sure to satisfy your hunger - or follow the locals to Cloncurry Bakery on Scarr Street and sample delicious fresh pies, sandwiches and cakes.
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The climate in Cloncurry is typical of outback Queensland, with hot summers and warm winters. The average nightly low in summer is 24ºC and the average daily high is 36ºC. In winter it averages a low of 10ºC and a daily high of 26ºC. There is very little rain in Cloncurry with most rainy days falling between December and March.
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In and around the city
Aussie Outback offer a charter service for transport around Cloncurry and the wider region, prior arrangement is necessary. A weekday bus services runs from Cloncurry to Mount Isa where hire cars are also available.