Julia Creek is one of the small towns on the hop route from Townsville to Mt Isa. Julia Creek is one of the smaller towns on this highway. That said there is a high level of community pride on display.
The town was named after the niece of Donald McIntyre, the first white settler in the area. McIntyre took up a property called Dalgonally about 70 km north of the present site of the town in 1864, only a few years after the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition passed through the area. The township began life as a temporary terminus in 1907 when the railway was extended from Richmond to service the copper mines at Cloncurry.
The town's main industries are farming, (especially the beef and wool industries), and mining, which is mainly centred around the BHP Billiton mine at nearby Cannington
The traveler will pass through Julia Creek. A stopover is deserved.