Around Burke Shire has a link to its road report on the RHS of its home page.  It also has some useful tips and links to other bits and pieces across the Shire. Website for the Burketown Visitor Centre which shows some of the tours available for the upcoming season.  Depending what you’re into a scenic river cruise is highly recommended, or if you’re up for some fishing and fancy bagging yourself a barra, then a fishing charter is the way to go!  Despite what you hear in Karumba, Burketown is known as the Barra Capital of Australia (and home to the World Barramundi Fishing Championships held every Easter), so this is your best chance to bag yourself one and make legend status!  Yagurli Tours operate out of the Burketown Visitor Centre (the centre also sells the best coffee in town!) and their tours currently include charter fishing, river sightseeing cruises, star gazing tours and tag-along tours out onto the Australia’s largest aggregate area of saltpan (at 2,000,000ha – that’s twice the size of Lake Eyre).  Like Karumba, there are no boat hire facilities here, so if you want to get on the water you need to go on a tour or charter.  This year is also Morning Glory Festival year (happens every second year) and will be held during the last weekend of September, hopefully to coincide with an actual morning glory!  (If you don’t know what a morning glory is, it’s a cloud formation that only occurs with relative frequency in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Gulf of Mexico during the months from late August through to November.  It’s a wave cloud that passes over at approx. 60km and is often only a few hundred metres off the ground and can be over 1000km in length).  Burketown is renowned as the best place to see this phenomenon.

Make sure you check out the old Government Bore while you’re in town.  It has been running continuously for almost 130 years and has some pretty amazing mineral build-up around it.  It’s also a great spot of an afternoon or early morning for some birdwatching.  As it runs at 68 degrees on the cooler mornings it produces a lot of mist which excites the photo buffs.  Do drop into the Visitor Centre on the corner of Burke and Musgrave Street as they will be able to give you a far more complete list of what to do and see in Burketown and beyond.  This is the website for the local Traditional Owner groups for the Burketown area who offer camping along the Albert River (within 5km of Burketown).  The majority are accessible by 2wd caravan.  Rates start at $35/vehicle/night, but get cheaper the longer you stay, with weekly permits for $110.  No powered sites, but some sites allow the use of a generator and none of the sites have amenities, though close by to some sites.  offers powered sites for caravans at $36/night for two people. Just west of Burketown you will find Tirranna Springs Roadhouse which offer picturesque riverside camping along the Gregory River for those lucky few who have booked ahead.

120km south of Burketown is Gregory Downs.  Heaps of people camp at Gregory which has free camping in the Council provided low impact camping area just up from the river.  Heaps of people also illegally camp in the river bed itself as well if you want to run the risk (no one polices the campers, but the river has been known to rise, and rise very quickly without even a rain cloud in sight - it’s a big catchment area).  The river is the attraction here.  If you’re around in May the annual canoe marathon takes place the first weekend and they also have horse races and a rodeo over successive days.  Located 90km west of Gregory and 10km from the national park.  No powered sites, but you can use generators on some sites.  If you go in the school holidays prepare for lots and lots of people to be here (very, very popular!) and at least times the amenities can seem a long way away from some campsites at these times, so book ahead! These guys also offer tours of the national park and the fossil fields.  Highly recommended are the cruise up the gorge in the electric motor boat – very serene!; and the tour of the fossil field (you can do a self-guided tour but be prepared to be amaze on a guided tour! The Savannah Guides are an outstand group of very professional guides who know how to make your tour special!  Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park has two camping areas, Lawn Hill Gorge allows camping right at the gorge itself, or there’s Miyumba which is adjacent to the Gregory River and the Riversleigh Fossil Field, about 50km from the gorge.  There are cold showers available at the gorge site, but only pit/drop toilets at Miyumba.  Camping at either site will cost you $12.30/night as a couple.  You also need to book online prior to your arrival at the link provided here.  Lawn Hill Gorge is described as THE jewel of northern Australia and shouldn’t be missed!! You will want to spend at least two nights here, if not longer!!!!

Read also :

Going west from Burke Shire
Going south from Burketown

  • Updated Fri 04 August 17
Back to trips and tips