For an outback town of 3,000 souls, Cloncurry has packed a stack of ecstasy and misery into its history since workers hired by the Great Australian Copper Mine began settling on the banks of the river of the same name in 1867, just six years after Burke and Wills passed through the area on their ill-fated expedition.
In the subsequent years it has seen boom and bust as it has moved from major copper and gold producer to beef capital of the north-west and public administration centre.
Along the way it has given birth to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the terminal of the first QANTAS service from Charleville. John Flynn Place, which pays tribute to the man whose vision launched the RFDS, also hosts an art gallery, cultural centre, outdoor theatre and the Cloncurry Gardens.
Cloncurry stands on the Cloncurry River at the junction of the Matilda and Overlander highways, 125 km east of Mt Isa. The town hosts the Merry Muster Rodeo in August.