The creek at the crossroads


McKinlay Shire’s administrative centre is Julia Creek, and is crossed by the Matilda, Flinders and Landsborough Highways.

McKinlay Shire covers an area of 40,885 km2 and is situated around 600 km west of Townsville on the east coast and 200 km east of Mount Isa.

McKinlay Shire is perhaps most famously know for its role in the iconic Australian film Crocodile Dundee - McKinlay Hotel was the film location for the Walkabout Creek Hotel in the film and has since become the town's main feature, attracting tourists travelling the Matilda Highway to the Gulf Country.

Find out more about the McKinlay Shire.