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Julia Creek, Queensland

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Julia Creek is proudly situated on the Overlander's Way and is approximately 650 kilometres west of Townsville and 250 kilometres east of Mount Isa. Julia Creek lies in the heart of North Outback Queensland and has become colloquially known as the "Gateway to the Gulf". Positioned on the Great Artesian Basin; sustaining primary productions and the town water supplies, the 30 metre tall distinctive wine glass shaped water tower not only acts to cool the towns artesian water supply, but assists with its water pressure as well. But that's not all! Julia Creek is also home to the endangered Julia Creek Dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi) which is an extremely shy nocturnal hunter found on the Mitchell grass downs surrounding Julia Creek. Because of their nocturnal habits and timid natures, glimpses of the dunnart are rare, but can be encountered at the award winning visitor centre. Long drive, long day? Then why not book into one of the Artesian Baths. These private bath houses are an unexpected surprise in the Outback, and something you’ll really enjoy. The baths are nice and roomy, two in each bath house, seating, pebble floor mats, authentic outback clothes hooks and great view. Throw in some bath salts or bubble bath, sip on some chilled wine, snack on nibbles and enjoy the company of partner or friend or just on your own and enjoy the view. As a visitor, you should ensure that a visit 'At the Creek', is your first stop when visiting. 'At the Creek' is a multi award winning accredited Visitor Information Centre that offers an outstanding selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek. This is not to mention that Julia Creek also has many social events on its calendar. The annual Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is held annually in April and includes one of Australia's toughest triathlons , the Artesian Express Horse Race (the richest horse race in the north west), a PBR Bullride and the iconic Australia's Best Butt Competition.

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