McKinlay houses a museum that was established on the 28th April 2012, to commemorate the 150 years since John McIntyre passed this way. The museum has some private collections so if you would like to have a look through, pop into the McKinlay Library & Visitor Centre and grab the key.
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Created during a welding workshop at the ‘Crafty Old School House’ in 2013, The McKinlay Coolibah Tree, celebrates the history of the area, and recognises that even though the population of a small outback town seems small, there is a much wider community who belong to it. The project was a welcome distraction from the pressure and stress that the locals face due to drought.
The Crafty Old School House group meet at the old McKinlay School House on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Activities include tennis, health information and UFO afternoons (Un Finished Objects). This is a day for social gathering and to finish off/get help with any craft items that you may be working on. Crafts include patch working, horn and silver smithing, scrapbooking and card making. The group organises a craft workshop weekend once a year. The group is always looking for new craft ideas to try! Everyone is welcome to come along.
This display can be found just on the edge of McKinlay. It was put together by the current owners of the Walkabout Creek Hotel to commemorate John McKinlay & Burke and Wills the explorers. It is unusual to find a display of this nature in ‘the middle of nowhere’ as some say, but make sure you get out and have a look and picture yourself travelling in the Outback on horseback, using only what is displayed. Things were extremely tough in days gone by. Enjoy the display, take photos but please leave it untouched so others can enjoy.
McKinlay has the smallest Library and Visitor Information Centre in Queensland. It might be a tiny building but it carries a great selection of books and visitor information. Make sure you call in while in McKinlay. Currently open from April to October.
Come on out to McKinlay and check out the Walkabout Creek Hotel, see the original pub set, safari truck and other items from the movie yourself. From April to October, the Walkabout Creek Hotel do a great range of meals, but all year round, they have accommodation, caravan park, a huge range of coldies, spirits and other refreshments available. Please note though, you cannot just turn up and take photos without spending something to help out the economy of McKinlay. So why not book in and stay a night or 2, restock your supplies and check out the scenery!
Love shopping? Here at Julia Creek we have a range of shops from gifts and souvenirs, groceries, furniture, saddlery, hardware, vehicle parts, tools and much more. Walk both sides of the street browsing in the shops starting at one end, work your way down the other end of town, cross over and do the same. You will be delighted at some of the goodies you will find here that you never expected!
If you are looking for a snack, feeling a bit peckish or are flat out starving, you can find exactly what you are looking for in Julia Creek. From snacks and fast food to steaks, Bush Dinners and more. There are cafe tucked away in a supermarket, two hotels and a bakery / cafe. Take your pick, you won’t go hungry.
Come along and enjoy the award winning Bush Dinner nights at the Julia Creek Caravan Park (all welcome including free campers) each Monday night from June to September. Enjoy some local produce cooked for you by a local non-profit community group, hear a local yarn told by a true blue outback Aussie, enjoy the warmth of our camp fire and maybe even win a prize. BYO!
These bright coloured cruiser bikes are FREE to hire and can be used to travel into town on the fully sealed walking/riding track. If you have a family or are travelling as a group, these bikes are great fun to ride around, stopping to have a picnic lunch somewhere. The bikes are available from the Julia Creek Caravan Park all year round, and also at the RV Park from April to October.