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. Julia Creek and Kynuna are connected via a fully sealed road. Julia Creek earned the tag line ‘Gateway to the Gulf’ with the sealing of the road north to Burke and Wills Junction in the 1960s. Make sure you time your visit to the Shire to coincide with one of our many amazing events such as the iconic Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, Sedan Dip, Saxby Round-Up, McKinlay Races, Julia Creek Camdpraft or Julia Creek Turf Club Races.
Saxby Round Up Open Bull Ride Winner
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. Free permits (valid 96 hrs) can now be obtained from the onsite Camphosts during Peak Tourist Season or from the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre.
Bright coloured cruiser bikes are now available for free from the site. Theses bikes can be used to travel into town on the fully sealed walking/riding track
Meet a dunnart and watch a live feeding session of grubs, crickets and cockroaches. A new addition to the centre is ‘Beneath the Creek’ which explores the underground features that have shaped our land through an interactive floor and touch screens.
‘At the Creek’ is a multi-award winning Visitor Information Centre and tourist attraction in Julia Creek.
Throughout the Centre there are several interactive audio and visual tools to help you experience what it is like to live, work and play in McKinlay Shire and Julia Creek.