Barkly Highway Camping

The Barkly Highway runs from Cloncurry in western Queensland to the Stuart Highway at Threeways in the Northern Territory. It forms part of the main route from the eastern states to Darwin.
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Camooweal Billabong – Lake Francis & Lake Canellan Camping Areas

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Lake Francis and Lake Canellan are billabongs on the Georgina River at Camooweal. The campgrounds provide a beautiful outlook over the lakes where waterbirds go about their daily life.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampMaximum 48 hrsDay Rest AreaMobile Phone CoverageShadeBinCaravansLong RigTent SiteGenerators AllowedPets WelcomePhoto Opportunity
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  • Day Use Area
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Seymour River Camping Area

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Seymour River Camping Area is set beside a large waterhole in the Seymour River.
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  • Fishing Spot

Mary Kathleen Old Township

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Mary Kathleen was a uranium mine from 1954 to 1984. The township no longer has any buildings, but the streets and concrete slabs are still there.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaShadeCaravansLong RigTent SiteGenerators AllowedPets WelcomeWalkingPhoto Opportunity
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Corella Dam Camping Area

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At Clem Corella Dam Camping Area you can forget about the rat race and lose yourself in the Aussie bush. Set up camp without having to worry about being moved on. Throw in a line, relax and dream about nothing whatsoever.
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  • Campground
  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing Spot

Lake Mary Kathleen

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Located on Rosebud Station, Lake Mary Kathleen is a large body of water created by a dam on the East branch of the Leichhardt River.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaNo CaravansNo Long RigsNo PetsCamp TrailersTent SitePublic Boat RampFishing SpotWalkingPhoto Opportunity
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  • Overnight Rest Area
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  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Corella Dam Boat Ramp

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The Corella Dam Boat Ramp is just across the bay from the Corella Dam Camping Area. While there is some room for camping here, it is a bit tight for large rigs and caravans.
Free Overnight CampDay Rest AreaFire PlaceCaravansTent SitePets WelcomeSwimmingPublic Boat RampFishing SpotWalkingPhoto Opportunity
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  • Day Use Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing Spot

Clem Walton Park

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At Clem Walton Park you can forget about the rat race and lose yourself in the Aussie bush. Set up camp without having to worry about being moved on. Throw in a line, relax and dream about nothing whatsoever.
Dry Access OnlyFree Overnight CampToiletsMobile Phone CoverageShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceBBQBinCaravansNo Long RigsTent SitePets WelcomeNo SwimmingRiver FishingWalking
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  • Overnight Rest Area
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing Spot

Wal's Camp

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Wal's camp it just outside Cloncurry. Not hard to find. Sometimes you can get power there, but it is still a work in progress. It is sort of a bush camp that might become a caravan park when it grows up.
Camping FeeToiletsShowersAccessibleShadeFire PlaceBBQCaravansLong RigTent SitePowerGenerators AllowedPets WelcomeWalking
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The town of Cloncurry was surveyed in 1876 and named after the river of the same name. The river was named by Burke in 1861 for his cousin, Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry, of County Galway in Ireland.

In May 1867, Ernest Henry travelled through the area searching for grazing land. Instead he discovered copper.

As you travel west along the Barkly Highway you come to another iconic source of mineral wealth, Mount Isa. Here the mine produces silver, lead, zinc and copper.

In 1923, John Campbell Miles was travelling across the plains not far from the deserted copper fields of Cloncurry, on his way to the Northern Territory, when he noticed some mineralised outcrops near the Leichhardt River. Equipped with a horse shoeing hammer, he broke off some of the heavy stone and sent the samples off to Cloncurry for analysis. They were found to contain high percentages of lead-silver ore. Campbell Miles had stumbled upon one of the richest known silver-lead-zinc seams in the world.

Approximately halfway between Cloncurry and Mount Isa is the remnants of the old uranium mining town of Mary Kathleen. The mine is still there; a hole in the ground filled with bright blue water, heavily contaminated with radioactive minerals. You can visit the mine but be careful not to fall in.

The Barkly has a reputation for wind and when you are travelling into a headwind, fuel consumption can be significantly higher than normal. When travelling in the outback be sure to carry additional fuel and drinking water. The distances are vast and the heat can be overpowering.

One of the iconic locations on the Barkly Highway is the Barkly Homestead Roadhouse and Everything Else. Everyone who travels the Barkly stops at the Barkly. Here you can refuel the tanks, top up the water, stock up on groceries and even post some letters.

The Homestead is well located opposite the junction of the Tablelands Highway and 187km south-east of the Threeways on the Stuart Highway.

The Threeways Roadhouse is located about 300m north of the threeways junction. Like most major outback roadhouses it also provides all of the services that a weary traveller needs, from fuel and food to accommodation. If you find yourself here, you are either at the end or the beginning of the journey.
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