Richmond's tourist attractions provide an interesting outing for local families.  Further afield, there is a lot to see and do within easy driving distance for a weekend or short trip.

Kronosaurus Korner

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Above Image Credits: Banner Trish Hudspith Photographics , Right Richmond Shire Council

Kronosaurus Korner is Richmond's world famous paleontological museum, featuring a fascinating and extensive collection of fossils.  During the Cretaceous period, much of inland Queensland, including Richmond, lay under a vast inland sea.  Today, fossilised remains of the marine flora and fauna, including the ferocious and enormous Kronosaurus Queenslandicus can be found throughout the region, and some internationally significant finds are on display in the museum.  Entry for residents of the Richmond Shire is free.

www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

Our Pioneering and Cultural History

Celebrating the history of Richmond and the surrounding district over the last 150 years, Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre was built by Richmond Shire Council to preserve Richmond's historical and cultural background.  The building is a replica of the Cambridge Downs Homestead and is built in local flagstone rock.

The original Cambridge Downs homestead was built in the 1860's and the ruins stand on the banks of the Stawell River at Cambridge Crossing, approximately 40km from Richmond.  The Cambridge Crossing is a popular picnic spot for locals. 

For more information on local places of interest, click here.

Regional Tourism

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Richmond is in the middle of everywhere – surrounded by interesting places to visit for day trips and short getaways.  Check out the major tourist attractions at surrounding centres, or take advantage of some local knowledge and go somewhere truly unique...

Townsville

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Approximately 500km to the east of Richmond is the holiday hub, Townsville, where Richmond residents enjoy shopping, restaurants and coastal activities. Townsville is an attractive, modern city, located in idyllic tropical North Queensland, and is serviced by a major domestic airport and most domestic airlines. As a well-serviced city, Townsville truly has something for everyone. With its easy proximity to Richmond, it's a great place for people visit for a few days or a long break. Head over for a weekend and watch the Cowboys play a home game, visit designer shops, REEF HQ, or a see a touring concert. Eat at a top restaurant or grab some fish and chips and picnic on 'The Strand'.

http://www.townsvilleholidays.info/

Normanton and Karumba

Outback by the sea. Experience the great fishing, magnificent sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, bird watching at Mutton Hole Wetlands, croc spotting on the Norman River and Sunset Cruises.

Explore Burke and Wills last camp 119, eat our local prawns and mud crabs. Stay in motels or any 5 of our caravan parks or dine in our hotels. The best time to go barra fishing is from September to May.

We are only six hours away from Richmond on sealed roads.

Bring your boat and even catch more

Contact the Normanton Visitor Information Centre on 47451065 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20" target="_blank">e-mail us. 

Charters Towers

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Above Image Credit: Charters Towers Regional Council

The historic town of Charters Towers is located 364 km East of Richmond.  Steeped in all the history of a late eighteen hundreds gold rush, Charters Towers boasts numerous beautiful, historic buildings, museums and artifacts celebrating the city's colourful and lucrative past.  Today, Charters Towers is the hub of a modern mining and grazing community.  It is the perfect place to get away for a short trip, as there is some great shopping, and lots to see.

Nearby Charters Towers, Bivouac Junction, and the Burdekin Dam offer excellent freshwater fishing and camping opportunities.  Charters Towers also hosts a major country music festival every year, and holds markets every weekend.  For more information, please contact Charters Towers Tourist Information Centre on 07 4761 5533, or check out their website.

Julia Creek & McKinlay Shire

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Above Image Credit: McKinlay Shire Council

Julia Creek is 149km West of Richmond on the Flinders Highway.

Julia Creek has a long and interesting history, in both the town and district, and features an unusual 30metre water tower which can be seen up to 15kms away, the tower also has blue coloured feature lighting, creating a visual effect that can be seen at night.

Bring the family camping for free alongside the Julia Creek only 1.3kms east of Julia Creek. Within the Shire we have a large range of camping areas including Eastern Creek, Punchbowl & Sedan Dip with great fishing and camping.

Julia Creek has many local events including a number of race meetings, campdrafts, and the Dirt and Dust Festival in April.  Julia Creek also has some interesting tourist attractions, particularly with relation to the local landscape. 

For more information please contact "At the Creek", Ph: 07 4746 7690, www.atthecreek.com.au .

Cloncurry

Cloncurry is located 286km west of Richmond on the Flinders Highway, it is a busy centre for the local mining and grazing industries. Cloncurry has a museum dedicated to the foundation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (John Flynn Place Museum), and the history of mining within the district (Museum at Cloncurry Unearthed, at the Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park).  Cloncurry also has several major events each year, including the Cloncurry Show in June, Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival in July, the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge also in July and the Cloncurry Merry Muster in August.  For more information about what to see and do around Cloncurry, contact Cloncurry Unearthed: (07)4742 1361 or visit the website.

Winton

Experience Winton – Dinosaur Capital of Australia, home of Waltzing Matilda and Queensland's Boulder Opal.  Winton is about 220km South of Richmond.

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient past at the Dinosaur Stampede and Lark Quarry Conservation Park; the world's only known record of a dinosaur stampede and visit Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum; housing the world's largest collection of Australian Dinosaurs

Discover the Waltzing Matilda Centre, a museum dedicated to our national a song, play a unique Musical Fence,  marvel at Arno's Wall or take a trip into transport history at the Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum.

Try your luck opal fossicking at Opalton or drive your own adventure throughout Winton's rugged beauty at Bladensburg National Park, Old Cork Station and Cawnpore Lookout.

W: www.experiencewinton.com.au

P: 1300 665 115

Croydon

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Above Image Credits: Croydon Shire Council

Croydon, approximately 400km North of Richmond, in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country on the Savannah Way, is a small town with a big history which started with the discovery of gold in 1885. It became the fourth largest town in Queensland extending for 18 km and produced 23,675 kg of gold over 35 years. Discover the history of this town, which once had 36 hotels, along with factories, foundries, movie theatres, dance halls, butchers, bakers, emporiums, schools and even newspapers.

Phone: 07 – 4748 7152, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.croydon.qld.gov.au

Attractions:

  • Croydon's Historic Precinct
  • The Mining Museum
  • Gulflander Train
  • Chinese Temple Site
  • Lake Belmore

Events

  • Croydon's Annual Barra & Bream Fishing Competition at Lake Belmore, weekend before Easter
  • Annual Poddy Dodgers Festival
  • Annual Golden Gate Historic Train Ride

National Parks

Many families love to go camping, and exploring the great outdoors together.  One of the real advantages of living in the middle of the  Queensland Outback, is having access to some of the most stunning natural environments in the country, within just a few hours' drive of home.  Here is a link to National Parks website, showing National Parks in Outback QLD.  You can filter the list to look for places to go camping, or fishing, or exploring the great outdoors. National Parks in Outback Queensland

And here is their home page.

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