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Camooweal, QLD

Camooweal is located on the Queensland-Northern Territory border, 330 kilometres south of Burketown, 188 kilometres from Mount Isa and 440 kilometres from the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.

Camooweal proudly declares itself ‘Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland’. The road from Mount Isa to the town, known to locals as ‘Tojo’s Highway’, was built during World War II with American funds and was originally designed as a link between the southern states and the theoretical ‘front line’ in the Northern Territory.

The explorer William Landsborough was the first European to pass through the Camooweal area. At the time (1862) he was looking for Burke and Wills. His reports led to the area being settled by pastoralists but it wasn’t until 1884 that the town of Camooweal was gazetted. It grew as a service centre for the surrounding properties but the growth of Mount Isa meant sustained growth was not possible. Camooweal is now considered a ‘suburb’ of Mount Isa, such is the vastness of the region, and the huge jurisdiction the Mount Isa City Council operates. The Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world at 188 kilometres long!

The Camooweal district is honeycombed with rare sink holes and caves, dating back to the Cambrian Period, about 500 million years ago. Those visitors experienced in serious caving will discover a whole new world beneath the Camooweal region.

Nearest Airport: Mount Isa

Camooweal Map

Experiences

  • 18-35's
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Remote
  • Self-Drive
  • Soft Adventure

Popular Activities

  • Caving
  • Sightseeing
  • National Park
  • National Park
  • Outback

About Camooweal

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Camooweal Postcode: 4828
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Outback Queensland
  • Latitude: -19.92177
  • Longitude: 138.11912
  • Elevation: 234m
  • Population: 208
  • Median Income: $33540
  • Area (Sq/km): 9524.041
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

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Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

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Accommodation

Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains