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Burketown

Visitor Centre:
Burketown Information Centre
Musgrave Street
Phone: (07) 4745 5100
Visitor website: www.burke.qld.gov.au
General:
Burketown is located on the Savannah Way and is a great place to spend a few days. Burketown is well known as “The Barramundi Capital of Australia”.
Situated on the Albert River and on the east-west dividing line between the wetlands to the north and the beginning of the Savannah Grass Plains (Plains of Promise) to the south and 25kms from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Albert River is tidal and provides access to the Gulf by boat.
Attractions:
The Morning Glory
This unique cylindrical clouds, extending from horizon to horizon, develops over the Gulf of Carpentaria and rolls inland, often one behind the other, from the months of September through to December. A morning glory cloud can be up to 1,000kms long, 1 to 2kms high, often only 100 to 200 metres above the ground and can move at speeds up to 60kms per hour. Sometimes there is only one cloud, sometimes there are up to eight consecutive roll clouds.
The Old Post Office
Constructed in 1887, it remains many of its original features and has been converted into a tourist information centre. Be sure to have a look at this exquisite building.
Savannah Lodge
Savannah Lodge consists of quality self contained accommodation set amidst an established garden with
a swimming pool available
to guests and internet connection available.
Airport pick-up and eftpos facilities are available.
The Old Town Bore
The Burketown Bore was drilled and completed by the State Government in December 1897. The Bore, which is 720m deep, became a bath house in the 1940’s and operated well into the 1960’s. almost 100 years have passed and this tremendous ready-made hot water system is still flowing. Though no longer a bath house, the rich mineral waters of the Bore have created an amazing wetland just South of Burketown.
The Boiling Down Works
The rusting remains of the ill-fated Edkin brothers Boiling Downs Works are still visible on the banks of the Albert River despite being demolished in an explosion in the late 1800’s. The first Boiling Down Works began production in 1867 and was managed by the Edkin Brothers and did not survive beyond 1870.
Floraville & Leichhardt Falls
Frederick Walker, ex commandant of the Native Mounted Police, died of Gulf Fever on the Leichhardt crossing while surveying the Cardwell to Burketown Telegraph Line. His memorial grave can be found on Floraville Station. The Leichhardt falls are magnificent during the wet season when water cascades into the lagoon.
Lawn Hill Gorge (Boodjamulla National Park)
An Ice Age settlement, it is thought that lawn Hill Gorge has sustained Aboriginal communities for at least 35,000 years on a continuous basis, due to its abundance of water and native food sources. The Worlds Heritage Riversleigh Fossil field is an immense fossil deposit where palaeontologists previously unknown to science.
The Original Gulf Meatworks
Located on the Albert River just north of the town.