Get the Dirt! FAQ's and Information for “Dirt n Dusters”
Get the Dirt! FAQ's and Information for “Dirt n Dusters”
WHERE IS JULIA CREEK?
Julia Creek is situated on the Overlander’s Way (Flinders’ Highway) 650km west of Townsville and 250km east of Mount Isa.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
You can get to Julia Creek by bus, train, plane or car. Bus tickets can be booked online with Bus Queensland at www.busqldoutback.com.au. Flights can be booked with Rex Airlines at rex.com.au and there are a multitude of stopovers and things to see on the Overlander’s Way if you’re driving during your Pit Stop to the Creek! Half the fun is getting there!!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A FLAT TYRE OR BREAK DOWN OVER THE WEEKEND?
Once in Julia Creek – there are a couple of local businesses that can help with tyres and mechanical issues, please see the local business directory for details on the McKinlay Shire Council Website at www.mckinlay.qld.gov.au/
WHAT ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE?
Unfortunately, all Motel and Hotel Accommodation is booked out well in advance – but don’t let that deter you! It’s time to get your Fair Dinkum Outback Experience! There are a number of options available including our McIntyre Park Self-Camping campsites, the Julia Creek Caravan Park and also the Free RV Camping site along the creek (no amenities available, self-servicing RV’s only)
The camping is $30 per person for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shorter options are available upon request at the gate.
17 and under are free and McIntyre Park has full toilet and shower facilities. Please be respectful of your rubbish as it totally run by volunteers.
Please see the accommodation page for more details. Camping is also available at the Julia Creek Caravan Park. Bookings are essential. Please Contact Julia Creek Caravan Park www.jcccaravanpark.com.au (07) 47467108 or JCCaravanPark@McKinlay.qld.gov.au. Powered and unpowered sites available.
DO I NEED TO PRE - BOOK MY CAMPSITE?
If you are staying at McIntyre Park Campgrounds and want a powered site, bookings are essential as these run out quickly. This will need to be booked online or through our office on 0448 901 392. If you want a non-powered site you just rock up on the weekend and pay the McIntyre Park Hosts with cash at the gate.
If you wish to stay at the Julia Creek Caravan Park bookings are essential for all powered and non-powered sites.
CAN I BRING MY DOGS/CATS TO THE EVENT?
No, sorry you will have to leave them at home for the event, due to their being livestock on site.
WHAT ABOUT CAMPING?
Animals are not permitted on the McIntyre Park Campgrounds – if you have fur babies travelling with you, you can contact the Julia Creek Caravan Park – or camp at the Free RV site on the Creek providing you are fully self-servicing as there are no public amenities at this site. Please remember that these sites book out fairly quickly and you will need to make a booking.
I’VE BOOKED MY CAMPSITE – NOW WHAT?
You will receive an email the week of the event with all contact details for the camp hosts and check in/out times etc.
For further information and Camping rules on McIntyre Park Camping, you will be given an information sheet at the gate. If you would like one prior to this, please send a query from the website requesting it.
I'M HUNGRY WHERE CAN I EAT?
Get out and meet some of the friendly locals and support the Julia Creek community! Hours of business over the weekend will be advertised in our official program.
Godiers Friendly Grocer Supermarket - Middle Burke St
Foodmart Supermarket - Middle Burke St
Gannons Hotel Motel - Cnr Julia and Burke Streets
Julia Creek Hotel (Top Pub) - Cnr Goldring & Julia Streets
Corrina's Cafe - near the post office in Burke Street
HOW DO I ENTER THE TRIATHLON?
CAN I HIRE A BIKE?
No, unfortunately we do not have this facility.
OK – I’VE SIGNED UP, NOW WHAT?
Full details and run sheet of the Triathlons will be listed in the Official events guide and you will also receive an email the week of the event instructing you where to go. If you have any queries in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact our coordinators on firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 and Brad Beven, and Emma Jackson.
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 HQ. The bus will also collect people from accommodation suppliers to the races on Saturday. Please see bus timetable for further information which will be printed in the program of events and found on our social media.
AFTER THE TRI
WHERE CAN I PICK UP LOST PROPERTY OR TRI GEAR BROUGHT BACK FROM THE WATERHOLE?
All tri-athletes gear brought back from the waterhole and general lost property will be available from the Dirt & Dust Office at DND HQ!
CAN I SEE THE TOP TRIATHLETE’S PRESENTATIONS?
Triathlete’s presentations will be held at Dirt n Dust Central on the Saturday night before the PBR at approx. 6:30pm. There are tickets for athletes to enter the PBR included in their race packs, family and supporters will need to buy a ticket online at dirtndust.com or at the gate on the night.
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 after the event.
THE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER TOOK A GREAT PHOTO OF ME WHERE CAN I BUY A COPY OF THIS FROM?
Please talk to the official photographer on the week-end and we will have a link to their web site on the Dirt n Dust website.
FRIDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO GET IN ON FRIDAY NIGHT?
No! Friday night is Free Family Fun night and is free to all. It has a bumper program of events for the evening, such as Kids entertainment and amusements, Novelty Events, Carbo Dinner, Live music and plenty of food vendors to get your carbs in before the Triathlon in the morning!
WHERE IS EFTPOS/CASH AVAILABLE?
EFTPOS and cash out facilities are available all weekend at the Dirt n Dust office. The Roadhouse on the Western Side of Town, Gannons Hotel Motel and 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. It is highly recommended that you bring cash with you as there are limited cash supplies in town.
WHERE CAN I BUY MERCHANDISE?
Merchandise is available all week-end from the Dirt n Dust office. The counter located on the corner of the shed next to the bar tickets counter.
I WANT TO MAKE A PROPER “DIRT AND DUSTER” OF MYSELF WHERE CAN I ENTER NOVELTY EVENTS?
Novelty events can be entered into with the appropriate forms. For some events such as Australia’s Best Butt on Saturday Evening, registration is done 30mins before the event is to start. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and program of events to see which novelty events we’re doing this year.
SATURDAY NIGHT PBR AND LIVE CONCERT
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET IN?
The Saturday Night PBR Bullride and Concert is open to all ages – It costs $40 for an adult entry, school aged children 17 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at dirtndust.com or are available at the gate on the night. We suggest avoiding the queues and pre-purchasing to get into the “Fast Lane” at the gate!
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 PBR Bullride is of National standard. Riders are qualifying for points that count towards world finals, after the action, our Headline artist will get you up and dancing and live music continues until the wee hours. There will also be Kids amusements to keep the littlies occupied!
WHERE IS THE RACE COURSE?
The race course (McIntyre Park) is located approx. 2kms from the town center. Courtesy Buses are available to take you to and from the race course for just a gold coin donation. And there is a well-lit pathway from the racecourse into the centre of town if you want to walk!
IS THERE FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE RACE TRACK?
There is an exclusive “Country Tastes Luncheon” held at the races, this is capped and tickets need to be pre-purchased for this through our website and there will also be food available to purchase at the track if you don’t go to the luncheon.
ARE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE?
Yes, you can purchase tickets to get into the races at the gate
Any further information on the Julia Creek Turf Club can be found at http://www.juliacreekraces.com/
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 – and Lip Balm is a must!
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.
WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK IN JULIA CREEK?
Yes, both Telstra and Optus now have towers located at Julia Creek for coverage. Coverage may be limited. Public phones are located outside the post office and the top pub.
WHAT IS THE NIGHT LIFE LIKE?
There are 2 pubs which also offer after party entertainment for all age groups.
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: www.mckinlay.qld.gov.au. We have amazing towns to stopover at along the way, visit: www.overlandersway.com.
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 at DnD HQ at the western end of the main street.
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.
For a complete business listing in Julia Creek please visit www.mckinlay.qld.gov.au