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.
From Cloncurry you can either take the Matilda Highway south to Winton/Longreach, or east back to the coast through Richmond, Hughenden and Charters Towers. If you go through Winton make sure you check out Age of Dinosaurs. If you go east through Julia Creek the Visitor Information Centre there has an award-winning dunnart display to check out. To the west of Cloncurry is Mt Isa and the Isa Rodeo, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is sure to be a popular attraction if you’re visiting in September.
Of course there are many other attractions in between as well, but we are sure you can get information on them along the way.
The RACQ Trip Planner: www.racq.com.au can provide you with further links around the place, or feel free to contact the friendly staff at the Burketown Visitor Centre.
The Savannah Way: www.savannahway.com.au is another great site which has information for the entire drive (and its alternate routes) from Cairns to Broome. It also has links to many service providers (such as places to stay, attractions etc) that you will find along the way.
- Updated Mon 04 September 17