CAMOOWEAL

Camooweal given the location is a recommended stop over. Facilities that get you by, and either the last or first stop in Queensland. Camooweal is about 200k west of Mount Isa, and despite the distance is a constituency of the Isa. This quirk of administrative fate deems Mount Isa as the largest city by size in the world.

Camooweal is an old town, that time has not been kind too. But that said has some great attributes. Firstly is the Camooweal time zone being totally out of kilter to its earth location. The sun rises at a late hour, and therefore late sunsets are the norm. Also the fact that nearly every motor vehicle passing through the town fills up at Camooweal being the most acknowledged. The hotel and caravan park being another. This is a really nice facility.

The first settler to the area was John Sutherland, who took up the Rocklandís lease in 1865. Stock losses to the local dingoís and Wedge-tailed Eagles and lack of water and isolation soon forced him to abandon his lease. The Englishmen Benjamin Crosthwaite and William Tetley, who were marginally more successful, took up the lease again in 1876. The initial town was gazetted in 1884 to be built on a 4-square-mile (10 km2) plot by Lake Francis.

The road through Camooweal to the Northern Territory was the inland defense route for World War II.

Australian country music legend Slim Dusty wrote a song entitled simply 'Camooweal' which features this town.

The Museum at this time is closed.

The War Memorial is opposite the hotel.

Camooweal has a Catholic Church.

Bustout enjoyed our stop over at Camooweal and we recommend travelers do likewise.

Diary notes

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course