An all-inclusive guide to Julia Creek and the Dirt n Dust Festival!

Where is Julia Creek?
Julia Creek is situated on the Overlander’s Way (Flinder’s Highway) 650km west of Townsville and 250km east of Mount Isa.

How do I get there?
Bus, train, plane or car. Online packages are available including transport to and from Julia Creek. Please see the Accommodation & Packages page of this website.

What accommodation is available?
Please see the accommodation page for more details

How do I enter the Triathlon?
You can register online via the Triathlon page on the website. Or, if you are wanting more information regarding the Tri email or

Can I hire a bike?
No, unfortunately we do not have this facility

I’m hungry where can I eat?
The Roadhouse – Western End Burke St
Godiers Cafe and Coffee Bar – Middle Burke St
Godiers Friendly Grocer Supermarket – Middle Burke St
Foodmart Supermarket – Middle Burke St
Julia Creek Hotel (Top Pub) – Cnr Goldring & Julia Streets

Please see individual advertising at their premises for opening hours.

Where is EFTPOS/Cash available? 
It is highly recommended that you bring cash with you as there are limited cash supplies in town.

EFTPOS and cash out facilities are available during the opening hours of  Dirt n Dust Central (Fri and Sat from 5.30pm). The Roadhouse on the Western Side of Town and the The Top Pub are available for cash out transactions, all other businesses have EFTPOS facilities for purchases in their businesses. The Post Office is an agent for the Commonwealth Bank and the National Bank.

Where can I pick up lost property or tri gear brought back from the waterhole?
All triathletes gear brought back from the waterhole and general lost property will be available from the Dirt n Dust Office and Dirt n Dust Central.

Where does the bus to the waterhole for the start of tri (triathletes included) and to the horse races leave from?
All buses, for all events throughout the weekend, leave from Dirt n Dust Central. The bus will also collect people from accommodation to the races on Saturday. Please see bus timetable for further information.

Where is the race course?
The race course (McIntyre Park) is located approx 1kms from the town centre. Buses are available to take you to and from the race course.

What will the weather be like in April?
It can get up to 40 degrees during the day, however generally it is around 32-37 degrees. Hat and sunscreen are vital. It can cool down at night and early in the morning, so we suggest you bring a light weight jumper.

Can you drink the town water?
A local will tell you it’s the best water on earth, but if you haven’t tasted bore water before, you might think that it does smell and taste different but it is ok to drink and shower in. You can buy bottled water at the supermarket if necessary.

Where can I buy merchandise?
Merchandise is available all week-end from the Dirt n Dust Merch stand at Dirt n Dust Central.

Has the triathlon had any famous names compete in the past?
Yes we have had some of Australia’s best triathletes run in the event: The late Luke Harrop, as well as, Lorretta Harrop, Andrew Johns, Brad Beven, Emma Jackson and Sam Betten.

Can I see the top triathletes presentations?
Triathletes presentations will be held on Saturday at the Julia Creek Turf Club during the South 32 Artesian Express Race Meet. Junior Tri presentations are held on Friday Night before the Live Concert in the middle of t he Bull Arena.

Where can I see the results of both the senior and junior triathlons?
Results will be posted on a notice board at the Dirt n Dust office by 3pm on Saturday. Results will be available on the Dirt n Dust website the week after the event.

Can I cheer on the kids triathlon?
The Junior Triathlon starts at the pool at 2.30pm on Friday. We encourage ALL senior triathletes to come and cheer the kids on. This means a lot to them. Presentations for the junior triathlon will be held inside the Bull Arena at Dirt n Dust Central on Friday evening.

Will my mobile phone work in Julia Creek?
The only mobile phone network that will work in Julia Creek is Telstra Next G network. However with the number of people in town over the weekend the service generally clogs up.  Public phones are located outside the post office and the top pub.

What is the night life like?
There is one pub which also offer after party entertainment for all age groups.

Friday Night includes live entertainment until late with a final heat of the Australia’s Best Butt Competition.

The Saturday Night is the highlight of the weekend – Bulls, Bands, Best Butts – We host the Australia’s Best Butt Competition , which attracts many people of all sizes and shapes. The Bullride is of National standard. Riders are qualifying for points that count towards world finals.

What else is there to see in Julia Creek?
Julia Creek has a unique history based on the Artesian water, historical walking trails, unique and endangered species – Julia Creek Dunnart – This information is available at the local tourism information centre, which is located in the centre of town or visit: We have amazing towns to stopover at along the way, visit:

Click here for a map of the town

As you can see we are not living in Vegas so no 24 hr shopping sorry. Most of the businesses will be closed by 1pm on Saturday. Grocery stores are open until 1pm Sunday. The Newsagents is open Sunday until 10am.

If you have a general town enquiry the Information Centre (Cnr of Burke and Julia Streets) will be open Friday until 5pm and Saturday 8am to 12pm.

Dirt n Dust Festival operational specific enquiries should be directed to the Dirt n Dust Office, which is located outside within Dirt n Dust Central.

Committee members will be in uniform over the weekend so if you have queries please ask one of them. Please use your town map for locations of the above information.