At the Creek – Julia Creek
Visitor Information Centre
At the Creek is the Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s and Queensland Information Centre’s Associations Centre of 2015. Housed in historic fettler’s cottages are interactive audio and visual tools to help you experience what it is like to live, work and play in McKinlay Shire and Julia Creek. The centre is air-conditioned and provides outdoor seating area and restrooms for visitors. Make sure you’re there for the daily feeding of the feisty little dunnart – a carnivorous marsupial with a lot of personality. At the Creek is located on the corner of Burke and Julia Streets, Julia Creek.
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm (during Apr-Sept)
P: (07) 4746 7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in Julia Street, behind the Civic Centre. The Opera House showcases a historical photo gallery of the last 100 years in and around Julia Creek. Open Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm.
Julia Creek Town Tours
Each Wednesday from June until August, jump on the bus for a Julia Creek Town Tour. The tours pride themselves on sharing information that you cannot find in travel brochures or on Google. You will have to come along for yourself to see what they’re all about. Seats are strictly limited so bookings at the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre are critical. $10 per person.
Located behind the Caravan Park, the circuit takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. An abundance of local birds and wildlife can be seen in the early morning and late afternoon. Obtain a bird list from the information centre. It is recommended to wear closed in shoes and to take a water bottle.
Julia Creek Historical Walk
Obtain a map from At the Creek and spend a few hours walking the 36 signposted historical sites of Julia Creek township – you’ll be amazed at what you might learn!
World War II Bunkers
The remains of a Directional Finding Installation can be seen at the western edge of Julia Creek, near the sale yards and livestock facilities. It consisted of two structures, of which the square remaining one was the machinery shed. Another rounded structure housed high frequency directional finding equipment. This installation was one of a series which spread from southern Queensland, through the north and across the Northern Territory. Their purpose was to assist pilots who may have flown off course, which could happen in war time when other pressures took precedence. The pilot could use the plane instruments to locate the directional beams from these installations, and then get back on course.
Opened in 1971, the water tower is wine glass-shaped and stands 30 metres tall. It has the capacity to hold 100,000 gallons of water and stands above one of Julia Creek’s bores. Not only does it serve to provide good water pressure in the town, but also allows the water to cool. Artesian water is often too hot to use when it comes out of the ground, and most houses in Julia Creek have tanks to allow for cooling. A blue light illuminates the water tower at night creating a striking visual effect.
Duncan McIntyre Museum
Travel through history at the Duncan McIntyre Museum located in the main street of Julia Creek. On display is a Willy’s Jeep Truck, machinery, moon rocks, fossils from the Eromanga Sea and much more. Discover the significance of the wool industry and telecommunications challenges. Entry is free.
Julia Creek Swimming Pool
Located across the road from the Caravan Park, the Julia Creek Swimming Pool is a great community facility with 25m 6 lane lap pool, kids’ pool and toddlers’ water play area. The pool is heated during winter. Check pool noticeboard for seasonal opening hours. $2 for adults. $1 for children.