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Julia Creek

Julia Creek is located on the Overlander's Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa and on to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Julia Creek started to grow when the railway line was extended in February 1908. The town was named after the niece of Donald McIntyre, the first European settler in the area. An interesting collection of memorabilia can be found at the Donald McIntyre Museum in Burke Street.

The district’s main industries are cattle, sheep, and mining at BHP Cannington. Julia Creek is a major stock trucking and cattle sales centre. Its impressive saleyards are fitted with lighting for night loading and unloading.

The area is home to a rare and endangered marsupial, the Julia Creek Dunnart. Because of their nocturnal habits and timid natures, glimpses of the dunnart are rare.

While visiting Julia Creek why not visit the Proa Redclaw Farm. The 12 ponds use artesian water, some containing up to 16,000 redclaw. Self-drive tours are available.

Julia Creek has many sporting and social events on its calendar that are a major feature of the town's lifestyle. The annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is held annually in April and includes one of the major triathlon events, the Artesian Express Horse Race (the richest horse race in the north west), at PBR Bullride and Australia's Best Butt Competition.

While in the area, take the time to visit Punchbowl Waterhole and Sedan Dip. On the Flinders River approximately 45 kilometres north-east of Julia Creek, the Punchbowl is an excellent spot for swimming, fishing and picnicking. Sedan Dip is on the Cloncurry River, on the Beef Road to Normanton, 100 kilometres north of Julia Creek.

In the late afternoon take a stroll along the nature trail at the back of the caravan park to enjoy the wonderful birdlife or enjoy watching the sunset while relaxing in the caravan park's naturally heated artesian spa after a long day's travel.

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
Queensland
Australia

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Food and Fire Festival

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9 September 2017
Food and Fire Festival celebrates the multicultural diversity of the Maranoa Region; the event includes farmers' markets, food stalls, roving performers, live entertainment, fireworks, animal rides, and much more.

Riversands Easter in the Vines

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15 April 2017
Looking for family fun over Easter? Need to entertain friends? Riversands Easter in the Vines at St George is for you! The day is jammed packed full of entertainment and fun the whole family will enjoy.
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26 June 2017
It's the best week in country music, bush poetry, food, drink, camping, fishing, friends and country hospitality. Come along to St George Yellowbelly Country Music and Poets Festival and be part of the annual week long event.
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13 April 2017
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

Rugby Race Day

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24 June 2017
Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby. Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.

XXXX Gold Easter Races

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15 April 2017
Part of Easter in the Country events is this race meet. For all the details, please visit their website or contact the Roma Turf Club via email or phone.

Surat Riveside Markets

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27 May 2017
A market event held on the riverside. Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts. There will be a barbecue breakfast.
4 October 2018
Welcome to the fastest event in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under (ARTDU). After the huge success of Australian Rocketry’s Thunda Down Under 2015, the Aussies are doing it again, bigger and better in 2018!
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