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Put Julia Creek on your bucket list!
2nd April 2020
Julia Creek, or ‘The Creek’ as it’s affectionately known, lies upon the famed Artesian basin, 250km east of Mt Isa and 650km east of Townsville; testament to this is the enormous 30m tall water tower that looms large upon entering town. The structure’s unique wine-glass shape cools the earth warmed water, while also cleverly providing gravity-fed water pressure.
Cute, cuddly, and quirky!
If you are partial to the cute and cuddly (who isnt’?) you can’t go past the sociable, somewhat quirky, Dunnart, at the award-winning visitor information centre, At the Creek. The Dunnarts of the At the Creek Centre are an important element of a wider conservation program, so be sure to visit them, and at at the same time, discover why these tiniest of marsupials share a strong similarity to the much larger (and smellier!) camel!
Therapy in the outback!
Did we mention the Julia Creek Caravan Park is home to the only Artesian Hot Baths of its kind in all of Australia?! The Artesian Bath Houses have been designed with ultimate luxury and 100% unique factor in mind, and are available exclusively for guests of the Julia Creek Caravan Park. Any traveller who has experienced the therapeutic baths report that they are a must-do after a long drive or day exploring. Your only task is to relax in warm, nourishing waters sourced from deep underground, all while enjoying choice nibbles and contrastingly cold beverages.
One for the kids!
Speaking of which, the kids can get their dose of outback therapy at the Julia Creek Swimming Pool and Water Park! With water slides, fountains and plenty of space for playing Marco-Polo, this is a go-to venue to wear-out-the-small-folk for bedtime.
The Fit and the Fearless flock to The Creek!
Astonishingly, The Creek is also a go-to destination for some serious triathlete types! Once a year, over 3000 fitness fiends descend upon the town to do battle with the toughest conditions of the outback in the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival. They come in numbers almost as proliferate as the flies, swimming, cycling and running through deceptively scenic countryside.
Touted as one of the toughest triathlons in the state!
Don’t be fooled though; the distances may look manageable, but the water is thick, the road unforgiving, and the headwinds strong. If you tackle-the-tri though, either as a competitor, participant, or enthusiastic spectator, you’ll leave with an incredible sense of pride and camaraderie at having completed the one-in-a-million Dirt n Dust experience.
Action, adrenaline, and derriere-shaking attitude!
If sweating and exertion is not your thing, fear not. The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust weekend is positively jam-packed with fun-infused distractions, including the adrenalin-injected PBR bull ride, heel-tapping live music, local shop-till-you-drop retailers, and (more!) hot bods at Australia’s most iconic Best Butt Competition! If that’s not enough, the event also teams with the town’s highly anticipated country race meet.
Racing across the Artesian!
The Great Artesian Horse Race partners every year with the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, enjoying high attendance with the increased number of visitors in town! You’ll get a chance to enjoy a sunshine-infused sparkly and sneak-in a cheeky punt or two, all while dressed in your finery under the splendour of the Downs Country sky.
Bush dinners and outback yarns
Finally, if you are around of a Monday evening, get along to the Julia Creek Caravan Park to enjoy a Bush Dinner complete with campfire, damper and outback-themed yarns. While you’re there, tag your location on socials, and trigger a twinge of ‘I-wish-I-was-there’ sentiments among your mates!