Living in Cloncurry

Living in Cloncurry

A warm welcome to Cloncurry, the friendly heart of the outback. Cloncurry is a rural town, nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River in outback Queensland. It boasts a proud history of innovation and exploration in mining, grazing, aviation and much more.

This webpage aims to make your move to Cloncurry a little bit easier. You will find general information about local services and facilities, important contact numbers, tip and tricks to help you settle into the community.

The best resource for the most up-to-date information is the Cloncurry Shire Council website and Facebook page. Council's website shares information such as public notices, local services information, road conditions and much more. Similarly, the Council's Facebook page posts regularly about local events, services, notices and more. Like the page to keep up to date!

We hope you enjoy getting settled in our community, making the most of the many events and activities on offer. Welcome to Cloncurry!

Current demographic information for Cloncurry.

Location Cloncurry is located in North West Queensland. It is 679km from Townsville and 1476km from Brisbane.
Post Code 4824
Shire Size 47,971.30km
Population 3167

October to April is the Wet Season. During the wet season days are warm - hot, with average temperatures in the high 30s (degrees). Cloncurry climate has an average of 50 wet days a year. The annual rainfall is 437mm and usually falls during December through to March.

May to September is the Dry Season. During this period, the weather is usually warm with cool - cold nights. Average dry season daytime temperatures are usually in the mid 20s (degrees).

*Information used from the most current sources but cannot be guaranteed.

There are a number of services available in Cloncurry that help the community stay connected with one another, North West Queensland and beyond.


Cloncurry's local radio stations include:

  • ABC North West Queensland 107.7FM (shares local disaster information)
  • 4LM 693AM
  • Triple J 105.3FM
  • Hit 104.5

Social Media

There are a number of local Facebook pages that share important and interesting community information, they include:


Mobile phone coverage is available with Telstra & Optus with reasonable coverage throughout surrounding highways.

Outback Travel

Outback roads can lead to some great adventures but make sure you are prepared and safe when travelling on these roads. A few things to keep in mind if you are heading out on an outback road:

  • Wildlife! There are often cattle and other wildlife on the roads, they have a habit of dashing in front of you at the last minute. Also, be aware of large birds feeding on carcasses. It takes time for them to become airborne and high enough to clear your vehicle. If you see birds ahead, sound the horn and slow down to allow them time to get out of your way.
  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.
  • Consult the RACQ about road conditions, spare parts and mechanical attention in the outback before you plan your trip.
  • Plan an itinerary for your trip and check out available fuel stops.
  • Carry supplies of water, petrol, food, spare parts and a first aid kit.
  • Inform a trusted person of your intended destination and routes
  • Take a 4WD vehicle when travelling off-road.
  • There are a number of road trains that travel on dirt roads. Drive with your headlights on to help them see you in the dust.
  • Remember that crocodiles inhabit rivers and estuaries in the Northern Gulf Region.

The best time to travel in outback Queensland is between May and October.

Transport Services

QANTAS Link is the main air service provider in Cloncurry. There are regular flights to Townsville and Brisbane. Check their website for more details.

Both Bus Queensland and Greyhound Australia offer twice-weekly services to Townsville. Bus Queensland coaches provide a daily service to Brisbane.

Queensland Rail offers a return passenger service to Townsville twice per week. The railway station is located on Hutchinson Parade. Phone 1300 131 722.

The Local Disaster Management Group works together closely to manage the impacts of and recovery from any disasters that affect the community. During a disaster updated information is regularly published on Council's Dashboard, ABC North West Queensland and the Local Disaster Management Group Facebook page.

For more information about the Local Disaster Management Group, see the Local Disaster and Recovery Information webpage.