WELCOME TO CLONCURRY
The town was established on rich mining and pastoral industries. Copper and gold were discovered in the
late 1860’s drawing hundreds of miners, including Chinese and Afghans who provided camel transport
for the industries.
Cloncurry is the birth place of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and was the destination of the first Qantas
flight. The town provides many modern amenities for business and tourism, a great spot to spend a day
There are numerous well preserved historic buildings in Cloncurry, easily viewed when walking around town, including ...
- Court House (Heritage listed)
- Post Office (Heritage listed)
- Post Office Hotel -
cnr. Scarr and Sheaffe Streets
This is the fourth hotel built on this site since 1890’s with a number of its predecessors destroyed by fire.
- Mitre 10 -
cnr. Scarr and Sheaffe Streets
- Central Hotel
- Shire Hall - built 1939
- Leichhardt Hotel -
original facade is classified by the National Trust.
- Saddle Shop - incorporating original fibro roof tiles
- Wagon Wheel Motel &
Prince of Wales Historic Restaurant
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
- Visitor Information Centre and Museum. Housing diverse displays of Cloncurry’s history,
Mary Kathleen mine, and Burke and Wills (including Burke’s water bottle). It also houses a comprehensive gem and mineral collection.
MARY KATHLEEN PARK
- Outdoor machinery display including a McLaren Traction Engine and a unique Rail Ambulance.
- Shaded playground with BBQ and picnic facilities
- Scenic lookout over Cloncurry township
JOHN FLYNN PLACE
MUSEUM and ART GALLERY
- Take a historic look back at John Flynn, Alfred Traeger and the
pioneers involved in the early days
of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which started in Cloncurry in 1928.
CLONCURRY COMMUNITY PRECINCT
- Cloncurry Community Precinct -
incorporating Bob McDonald Library and
Dr David Harvey-Sutton Gallery
- Graves dating back to 1880
CLONCURRY SALE YARDS
- Largest sale yards in North West Queensland.
- A modern terminal alongside the original hangar of Queensand & Northern Territory Aerial Service (Qantas)
OLD CEMETERY and
THE AFGHAN SECTION
- The Old Cemetery Graves dating back to 1880
- Resting Place of Dame Mary Gilmore
- Many graves of Afghan camel drivers and a Mohammedan priest.
- In the late 1890 and early 1900’s it was estimated there were more than 200 Afghan cameleers and
200 camels providing transport in the Cloncurry area.
- St. Colman Catholic Church -
a classic timber structure built 1907
- St. Andrew Anglican Church -
built 1964 (the original church
built in 1907 is now situated in
- Uniting Church - built 1966
- 2 km west of town near Normanton turnoff (take the Chinaman Creek Dam exit)
- View the stunning panoramic view
of Cloncurry and the surrounding rugged landscape
CHINAMAN CREEK DAM and
- 3 km west of town near Normanton turnoff.
- Lovely area to watch the changing colours of Mt Leviathan at sunset or stretch your legs wandering to the water’s edge, or enjoy a picnic
For more information about any of these interesting, fun activities and other great things to see
and do in the Cloncurry Shire contact the friendly team at the
Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre & Museum.