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What to do and see on the way here from Cairns

  • Chilligoe and Mungana Caves National Park.
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Cobbolt Gorge
  • Georgetown  
  • Carpentaria Shire
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  • Updated Fri 24 March 17

Barramundi Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to ply their craft on the waterways surrounding Burketown. Whether you are on the Albert, Nicholson, Leichhardt, or Gregory river, there's a catch to be found.

For those looking to hit the open waters, premier destinations can be found at Sweers and Mornington Islands.

  • Updated Sat 01 April 17

Gliders and other Cloud lovers

If there has been a brisk sea breeze blowing through Burketown all day and the fridges in the Burketown Pub have frosted over, then there is a very good chance that the next day, you will see a Morning Glory Cloud roll its away towards town.

  • Updated Sat 25 June 16


Some 30km south-west of Burketown is a large wetland area known as Bluebush Swamp, which is something of a birdwatchers paradise. The co-ordinates are available at

  • Updated Wed 01 March 17

Lifestyle Enthusiasts

The aforementioned Burketown Pub provides not just the best night in town but an opportunity to hear a Tall Tale or two ...

  • Updated Wed 01 March 17

What to do and see on the way to Burketown from Normanton

  • Burke and Wills Camp 119
  • Alexandra Falls
  • Leichhardt Falls
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  • Updated Fri 24 March 17

Going west from Burke Shire

  • Adels Grove
  • Hells Gate Roadhouse
  • Manangoora Fishing Camp
  • Borroloola
  • Limmen National Park
  • Lorella Springs
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  • Updated Wed 01 March 17

Around Burke Shire

Amongst so many other attractions, 

  • World Barramundi Fishing Championships held every Easter
  • Old Government Bore
  • Tirranna Springs Roadhouse
  • Gregory River
  • ...
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  • Updated Fri 04 August 17

Going south from Burketown

It is bitumen from Burketown all the way to Cloncurry and is about 500km, though with long, straight stretches it feels a lot longer.  Cloncurry itself has some great driving trails and you will need to drop into the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Centre to get a map, plus it’s a nice spot to sit down and relax for a bit.

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  • Updated Mon 04 September 17