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Camooweal

Camooweal is located on the Queensland-Northern Territory border, 330 kilometres south of Burketown, 188 kilometres from Mount Isa and 440 kilometres from the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.

Camooweal proudly declares itself ‘Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland’. The road from Mount Isa to the town, known to locals as ‘Tojo’s Highway’, was built during World War II with American funds and was originally designed as a link between the southern states and the theoretical ‘front line’ in the Northern Territory.

The explorer William Landsborough was the first European to pass through the Camooweal area. At the time (1862) he was looking for Burke and Wills. His reports led to the area being settled by pastoralists but it wasn’t until 1884 that the town of Camooweal was gazetted. It grew as a service centre for the surrounding properties but the growth of Mount Isa meant sustained growth was not possible. Camooweal is now considered a ‘suburb’ of Mount Isa, such is the vastness of the region, and the huge jurisdiction the Mount Isa City Council operates. The Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world at 188 kilometres long!

The Camooweal district is honeycombed with rare sink holes and caves, dating back to the Cambrian Period, about 500 million years ago. Those visitors experienced in serious caving will discover a whole new world beneath the Camooweal region.

Activites and Experiences at Camooweal

  • Caving A system of extensive caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75 metres deep. They have aboriginal spiritual connections and are a sanctuary for various forms of wildlife ranging from ghost bats to owls. Only people experienced in caving and who are appropriately equipped should consider exploring these caves and they should notify the local police of their proposed itinerary. The park is located 20 kilometres south east of Camooweal.
  • Sightseeing
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Light air strip for private planes.
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Chemist Clinic services.
  • Coach Stop Greyhound Australia stop daily.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Mechanical Services Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).
  • Medical Facilities Royal Flying Doctor Clinic.
  • National Park Camooweal Caves National Park.
  • Police
  • Restaurant
  • Supermarket General goods and services available.
  • Visitor Centres Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre and Drovers Camp Information Centre.
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Historic/Heritage
  • National Park Camooweal Caves National Park.
  • Outback
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

Nearest Airport: Mount Isa

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