The Burketown Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of Musgrave and Burke Streets in Burketown. This historic building, built in 1887, was originally the combined Post and Telegraph Office.
The Burketown Information Centre is managed by the Gangalidda Garawa Services Pty Ltd. It is open Monday to Friday (11:00am - 4:00pm) during the tourist season from April to October.
Camping and fishing / access permits around Burketown
If you are camping or want to access private property around Burketown that is managed by Gangalidda Garawa traditional owners, you will need a permit.
Camping at Gregory Downs
Burke Shire Council operates a free, low impact camping area in the township of Gregory Downs. Due to safety and environmental concerns, the Council does not encourage camping within the banks of the Gregory River.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and Adels Grove
Other camping opportunities in the Burke Shire can be found at the iconic Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and Adels Grove. Please refer to the relevant websites for current information on camping permits and fees.
There's more at the Burketown Visitor Information Centre
The Visitor Information Centre also has articles and photographs about the amazing 'Morning Glory' cloud formation. The Gulf of Carpentaria is one of the few places in the world where this meteorological phenomenon occurs, usually between August and October. Depending on meteorological conditions, the Morning Glory Cloud may also appear at other times of the year.
To contact the Burketown Visitor Information Centre please phone (07) 4745 5111 between 11:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday during the April to October tourist season. During the off-season, contact the Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation on (07) 4745 5132.
Driving to Burketown:
Please note, the driving times detailed below are conservative. They allow for rest breaks and possible delays due to other traffic or road works. Avoid driving at night due to cattle, horses and wildlife being on roads. Sunrise and sunset are also higher risk times for driving, therefore you should always adjust your speed to the conditions. Please observe all speed limits, including lower speeds at roadworks.
The Guide to Queensland Roads is a useful tool for people travelling to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The tourism organisation Savannah Way Ltd also provides useful information about travelling in northern Australia, including the Burke Shire. For current road alerts, visit the Queensland Transport website.
We recommend that you use the RACQ Journey Planner when preparing for a driving trip to the Burke Shire.
- From Cairns (via Savannah Way) - 878km (allow 12 hours) - sections of single lane and unsealed road
- From Townsville (via Julia Creek - Burke and Wills Roadhouse) - 1,250km - sealed with single lane sections (14 hours)
- From Townsville (via Cloncurry - Burke and Wills Roadhouse - Gregory Downs) - 1,300km (16 hours)
- From Cloncurry (via Burke Development Road) - 450km sealed road (allow 6 hours)
- From Mount Isa (via Camooweal) unsealed sections - not recommended for caravans or conventional vehicles - 400km (allow 5 hours)
- From Mount Isa (via Cloncurry) - 565km - sealed road with some single lane sections (allow 6 hours)
- From Darwin (via Mount Isa) - 2,025km (allow 21 hours - not including rest stops)
Burke Shire Road Reports include details of road conditions between Burketown and the Northern Territory Border (via Hell's Gate Roadhouse). To obtain a road condition report for the Northern Territory side of the border, visit the Roper Gulf Regional Council website and click on the Road Report icon under Quick Links. Like the Burke Shire, the Roper Gulf Regional Council also posts road reports on their Facebook page.
- If you have a UHF radio, you can communicate with truck drivers on UHF 40.
- Mobile phone reception is limited in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Most towns have localised mobile reception but check with your service provider about reception before you travel.
- Please give way to road trains and other large vehicles. If it is safe to do so, reduce speed and move off the road when approaching larger vehicles coming in the opposite direction.
- Do not overtake in dusty conditions or on bends or rises.
- Ensure you have necessary equipment to change tyres. A tyre pressure gauge is also recommended as some service station gauges may not be correctly calibrated.
- Do not go off-road to explore unless someone else knows where you are going and what time you are expected to return.
- Carry plenty of water and fuel.
Within mobile range call 000. Give your location and do not hang up until the operator tells you to do so.
Burketown Police: (07) 4745 5120 (this number will divert when the station is unattended)
Burketown Health Clinic: (07) 4745 5133. This clinic is staffed on a permanent basis Monday to Friday from 8:00am - midday and 2:00pm - 5:00pm. The clinic operates with support from the Mount Isa Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Gregory Downs Clinic: Operates every second Wednesday through the Mount Isa Royal Flying Doctor Service. This clinic is not staffed on a permanent basis.