McKinlay Shire is the Southern Gateway to the Gulf. The Shire covers 41,000 square kilometres with a population of approximately 1000. The main industries are beef cattle, mining and tourism.
The Shire includes the townships of Julia Creek and Nelia on the Flinders Highway and McKinlay and Kynuna on the Landsborough Highway. Our natural assets are our real attraction with lonely sunsets, incredible uninterrupted starry night skies and friendliness of the locals. Come and experience it for yourself!
RV Friendly Camping Area
Julia Creek is an RV Friendly town and has a designated free camping area alongside the water’s edge of Julia Creek. This area is suitable for self-sufficient RV’s and is located 1.3km on the eastern side of town. Picnic tables, bush cook camps and bins are provided. This is a relaxing area to enjoy some cheese and wine and watch the beautiful Julia Creek sunsets. Please obtain a free permit (valid 96 hrs) from the Visitor Information Centre “At the Creek” 34 Burke Street Julia Creek, before camping.
Ask a Local
Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre
34 Burke Street
Julia Creek Qld 4823
Tel: (07) 4746 7690
Fax: (07) 4746 7005
At the Creek
‘At the Creek’ is a multi-award winning Visitor Information and Interpretative Centre in Julia Creek. ‘At the Creek’ engages many audio and visual displays housed in historical fettlers cottages that focus on the themes of water, country and people. The Centre is aimed at all age groups, to help visitors experience what it is like to live, work and play in the McKinlay Shire.
New to the Centre is our ‘Beneath the Creek’ experience, a world class attraction to the North West. Visitors can interact with the natural resources of our land and explore the geological and geographical features that have shaped our regions past.
The highlight of ‘At the Creek’ is the nocturnal viewing area for endangered species, the Julia Creek Dunnart. Visitors can see the feisty character in action and audio links give an educational background to the lifestyle of the threatened species. Amongst the moon rocks and through the dunnart den, kids can enjoy a treasure hunt to ultimately find the secret of the creek!
The public are able to see the live Julia Creek Dunnart being fed from 9-1pm weekdays.