About the Shire About the Shire

McKinlay Shire is the gateway to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The shire spans some 41,000 square kilometres and embraces the townships of Julia Creek and Nelia on the Flinders Highway, and McKinlay and Kynuna on the Matilda Highway. Julia Creek is the main town, and is located approximately 650 kilometres west of Townsville and 225 kilometres east of Mount Isa. 

A rural and regional shire, McKinlay is home to a productive and  innovative pastoral industry, as well as the world’s richest single mine producer of silver, lead and zinc at Cannington, and a copper mine in Eloise. The world’s largest natural aquifer, the Great Artesian Basin, underpins and supports our community and the diversity of rich grazing lands and unique animal life the shire has to offer. 

McKinlay Shire has a proud history and flourishing industries, and is a close family community. Looking into the future, it is set to enter a steady growth phase as more people discover this little gem of the North West.

About Council About Council

The Council exists to serve the interests of residents within the McKinlay Shire and is often the first point of call for those with a problem or query about local government services.

Our website provides a wealth of community information as well as information about McKinlay and details of town council activities. The site will continue to evolve as we make more information available. Please send us your comments via our contact page.

Shire Profile Shire Profile

Size - 40 818 sq/km
Population - 1,050
Key Localities - Julia Creek (500), McKinlay (30), Kynuna (20), Nelia (10)
Major Industries - Grazing, mining ventures at Cannington South32 (the largest producing of silver and lead in the world), Eloise Mine and Tourism.

Road lengths - 2088.17 km
Council owned road - 1679.26 km 
Aerodromes - 3
SES buildings - 3
Medical Centre - 2
Caravan Park - 1
Cattle Yards - 1
Recreation Facilities
Julia Creek Indoor Sports Centre
Julia Creek Swimming Pool
Julia Creek Participation Space (The Daren Ginns Centre)
​Julia Creek Bike Safety Park
Kev Bannah Oval
McIntyre Park
​Julia Creek Tennis Courts
Nerida Currin Skate Park
George Sills Park
Peter Dawes Park
Centenary Park

Community Centres
Julia Creek Civic Centre
​Julia Creek CSA Building
Julia Creek Library
McKinlay Library
​Old HACC Centre
McKinlay Centenery Museum
Jan Eckford Memorial Centre
Crafty Old School House
Fr. Bill Busuttin Centre