In the northwestern corner of Queensland’s Gulf Savannah region is Burketown. Burketown is an isolated outback town and locality in the far north-western Shire of Burke, Queensland, Australia. It is located 898km west of Cairns on the Albert River and Savannah Way in the area known as the Gulf Savannah. The town is the administrative centre of the vast Burke Shire Council
The town is on the Albert River and on the dividing line between the wetlands to the north and the beginning of the savannah grass plains to the south, some 25 kilometres from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Albert River is tidal and the Gulf is accessible from Burketown by boat.
Where did Burketown find it’s name?
Burketown is named after Robert O’Hara Burke who, along with a party of explorers including William John Wills, crossed the Australian continent and reached a point near Normanton in 1861.
Burketown is located 2153 km north-west of Brisbane and 425 km north of Mount Isa. It is 15 metres above sea-level and approximately 25 km from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Burketown is surrounded by flat grassy plains to the south and large salt pans to the north. It is known as the Barra capital of Australia and is a popular breeding ground for Queensland’s saltwater crocodile.
When in town be sure to pop in and check out the Pub. It’s full of friendly locals willing to tell you about what their town has to offer.
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