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Julia Creek
Population 368 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 4823
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
LGA(s) McKinlay
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
33.3 °C
92 °F
17.4 °C
63 °F
461.3 mm
18.2 in

Julia Creek is a town in mid northern Queensland, located on the Flinders Highway (Overlander's Way), the main road between Mount Isa and Townsville. It is 664 kilometres (413 mi) west of Townsville, and is located 123 m above sea level. At the 2006 census, Julia Creek had a population of 368.


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 kilometres (43 mi) 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.

Julia Creek Post Office opened by September 1910 (a receiving office had been open from 1907).

A one-room school was established in 1911 with nine students, and was expanded in 1932 and again in 1934. A separate high school was constructed in 1963. A sixteen-bed hospital was established in 1972. The town did not receive electricity until 1952.


Julia Creek has a public library, visitor and cultural centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, parks as well as a sports centre.


See also: Julia Creek Airport and Flinders Highway, Queensland
Long distance rail services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Townsville
The Inlander
toward Mount Isa

Dirt n Dust Festival

The Dirt n Dust Festival, considered one of Queensland's major sporting events, is held in town annually since 1995.

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