Julia Creek, Queensland
|Population||511 (2016 census)|
|• Density||0.07690/km2 (0.19917/sq mi)|
|Elevation||123 m (404 ft)|
|Area||6,645.0 km2 (2,565.6 sq mi)|
The town of Oorindi is within the west of the locality ( The town of Gilliart is within the west of the locality ( ) beside the Gilliart railway station; as at 2019, there is nothing in the town.) beside the Oorindi railway station; as at 2019, there is nothing in the town.
Julia Creek is a town in mid northern Queensland, located on the Flinders Highway (Overlanders 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.
The name Julia Creek was named after the niece of Donald McIntyre (younger brother of Duncan 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 name Oorindi is the Aboriginal name for the Williams River (which is about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) west of Oorindi) and means stones.
In 1952 the town was serviced with electricity.
St Joseph's School opened in 1955 and closed in 1995.
A sixteen-bed hospital was established in 1972.
Julia Creek Public Library was opened in 1994.
The town's main industries are farming, (especially the beef and wool industries), and mining, which is mainly centred on the South32 mine at nearby Cannington. The town is a major centre for cattle sales and stock trucking, with a large saleyard and associated facilities. Prior to the expansion of the railway to the larger towns of Cloncurry and Mount Isa, the town was also a major transport hub for freight and passengers.
Julia Creek is also home to the Julia Creek dunnart which is now endangered because of feral animals (wild cats, dogs & foxes).
Julia Creek has a public library, visitor and cultural centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, parks as well as a sports centre.
Julia Creek State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Burke Street ( In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 34 students with 3 teachers and 4 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).).
|Long distance rail services|
|Preceding station||Queensland Rail||Following station|
toward Mount Isa
Dirt n Dust FestivalEdit
The Dirt n Dust Festival, considered one of Queensland's major sporting events, is held in town annually since 1995.
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