Julia Creek might be small in size and population, but it is a vital link in the beef transport industry. On the Flinders Highway, 135km east of Cloncurry, Julia Creek has a large stock and saleyard network and cattle are moved into town both by road train and rail.
Burke and Wills passed through here on their ill-fated expedition in 1862 and a year later the first pastoralists followed. The exploration and development of the cattle and sheep stations is recorded in memorabilia, photographs and records housed in the McIntyre Museum.
Locals and their visitors cool-off in the Dalgonally Waterhole just out of town. Cowboys and rough-riders from across the land head for Julia Creek in May for the annual rodeo. A sealed road leads north to Normanton and the Gulf Savannah while main route 78 continues east to Townsville and the coast via Richmond, Hughenden and Charters Towers.