Peak season in Queensland is during the local summer months of December to March. The ideal time to visit Cloncurry however is during the local winter months from May to September. During this time it is still warm by most standards with the average temperature sitting around the mid-20s Celsius. Offers and discounts can be also enjoyed in the shoulder seasons of March to May and September to October. The winter school holidays run from mid-July to mid-September and the summer holidays from Mid-December to February. During both these times visitors may find hotels need to be booked in advance.
Significant national holidays include Australia Day in late January and Anzac Day on the 25th April. The biggest local event is the Cloncurry District show which takes place in mid-June each year. Visiting outside of these public holidays and festivities can mean a better price on accommodation and cheaper flights.
Friendly Cloncurry is a fantastic place to experience the true outback of Australia. It’s also one of the most prosperous outback towns which means both visitors and locals enjoy a high standard of living.
The centre of Cloncurry, known locally as ‘The Curry’, is worth spending a day or two in. This includes the town’s Mineral and Gem Collection, said to be one of the most impressive in the whole of Australia.
The Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum is certainly the biggest attraction in the town. The park houses the Clonclurry Unearthed Visitor Centre and Museum which displays objects from the Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine and Township as well as Aboriginal artefacts. The centre is also home to Explorers Corner which pays homage to the intrepid explorers, Burke and Willis, and even boasts Burke’s water bottle. As well as an outdoor machinery display, the park offers many picnic areas, barbecue areas, a playground and spectacular views of the surroundings. A destination for sports and recreation is the nearby Clonclurry Equestrian Centre.
Cloncurry Airport is a historic landmark of its own right, home to the first QANTAS Hangar and also the origins of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. More about the service can be discovered at The John Flynn Place Museum, also known as the Flying Doctor Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into this iconic Australian service.
The town’s origins and economy is based on mining. To get a better understanding of it and to experience one of these immense open cut mines, visitors should take one of the Ernest Henry Mine Tours. Tours leave from the Mary Kathleen Park during peak season, May to September.
Just a mile (1.6 km) to the south west of the town is the Chinaman Creek Dam, a popular spot for nature walks, picnics, fishing and bird watching. The beautiful Fountain Springs is well worth a visit and some visitors may recognise it as the location of some of the filming of Crocodile Dundee. Even further afield the surrounding countryside offers unparalleled beauty including the nearby Lake Moondarra, an excellent fishing spot as well as a destination for water sports enthusiasts.
The town itself is compact and the centre can be easily explored on foot. A shuttle service is offered to the Equestrian Centre whilst tours to the mines are available from the centre of town. The easiest way to visit attractions outside of the town is by hiring a 4×4.
Cloncurry Airport (CNJ) is found just 3 miles (5 km) from the centre. A taxi service offers travel at a set price to the centre of Cloncurry.