After leaving Winton for the 350k drive to Cloncurry, the traveler must be prepared for long stretches of a very quiet road. Road Trains and likeminded caravaners make up 80% of the vehicular traffic. Flat and seemingly changeless scenery is your partner for the next four hours. Cruise Control and music lessoning fatigue. Out here most drivers still give courtesy finger acknowledgements.

When you reach Cloncurry from Winton the traveler is well north in Qld and the weather warmer. Even in high winter. Cloncurry has once experienced a 53.1 Celsius day in 1891. This place can get very hot.

The town lies adjacent to the Cloncurry River. Cloncurry was proclaimed a town in 1884, and the railway arrived in 1908. Until the advent of Mount Isa, the town was the largest settlement in north west Queensland.

The first Europeans to traverse the area were Burke and Wills on their epic, and ultimately fatal, transcontinental expedition. The Cloncurry River was named by Burke after Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry, his cousin, with the town eventually taking its name from the river.

Cloncurry is the town where the Flying Doctor service was born. John Flynn had the vision way back in 1920ís to who first hand saw the need and then the vision to establish what is now correctly described as an iconic development in the outback of Australia. When visiting Cloncurry a visit to the John Flynn Heritage Centre and Museum is an absolute must. The presentation and displays are informative and poignant. To give your visit justice allow plenty of time.

The Mary Kathleen Centre is also recommended. (Photos to come)

The Cloncurry Churches are of the modern era.

The Cloncurry War Memorial is located near the centre of town.

The Post Office Hotel has 1965 photo of the finish of the Melbourne Cup, that may stir memories for the odd traveler. The Central Hotel being the grandest in style.

Allow a more than two days to enjoy Cloncurry.

Heritage diary



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