History, Arts and Culture

The McKinlay Shire has a strong Arts and Historical network. Council ensures this network is supported through various avenues of financial and in-kind support as per the Corporate Plan and Cultural Policy. Many organisations run workshops and activities throughout the year. Please contact the relevant art group for further information.

Opera House

Open 7 Days a week April - September or Monday to Friday October - March, in Julia Street, Julia Creek. Current Exhibition – Centenary Photos.

Julia Creek Historical Society

An active society ensuring the integrity and recording of historical information in the Shire. The Society has released many short books and played a large part in the Julia Creek Centenary Book production. For further information please contact Ellen Sills on (07) 4746 7349.

McKinlay Shire Cultural Association

An association that encourages participation in cultural activities within McKinlay Shire. Contact Maggie Rudolph on 0415 890 220.

Crafty Old School House

The Crafty Old School House group meet at the old McKinlay School House on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Activities include tennis, health information and UFO afternoons (Un Finished Objects). This is a day for social gathering and to finish off/get help with any craft items that you may be working on. Crafts include patchworking, horn and silversmithing, scrapbooking and card making. The group organises a craft workshop weekend once a year. The group is always looking for new craft ideas to try! If you would like to join the group or have any new craft ideas, please contact the President, Lyn Warn by email or the Secretary/Treasurer, Hannah Brodie by email or 0427 169 508.

Julia Creek Quilters

A band of local women sharing the joy of quilting. The group meet on the second Saturday and the fourth Thursday of every month at the Jan Eckford Centre in Julia Creek. Everyone is welcome regardless of the type of craft, be it woodwork, crochet, gardening, gemstones etc - anyone with a craft is welcome to come along. If you’re not sure, pop in for a coffee and a chat and plan your next creation. Our days are flexible so come along as you please. For further information about the group contact Aileen Gabbert ( on 0428 467 228 or Judy Fysh ( on (07) 47 467 888.

Regional Arts Development Fund Committee

If you have an idea for a community arts projects please contact Kalan Lococo, RADF Liaison Officer or any of our committee members: