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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Cloncurry

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Introduction

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Cloncurry is a town situated in the northwest of Queensland, Australia. The town lies adjacent to the Cloncurry River. It is the administrative centre of the Cloncurry Shire. The town has about 2,300 inhabitants.

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Weather

Cloncurry was widely regarded as holding the record for the highest temperature recorded in Australia at 53.1 °C on 16 January 1889. Recent investigations have revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47-49 °C under standard conditions. Average highs range from about 26 °C in June and July to about 39 °C in December. Nights average between 10 °C and 25 °C respectively.
The average annual amount of precipiation is over 500 mm with about 35% of that falling in the month of January alone, and almost 90% from December until March.

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Getting There

By Plane

Cloncurry Airport (CNJ) has flights with Allicance Airlines to/from Townsville and with Qantas Link to/from Townsville and Mount Isa.

By Train

The Inlander travels between Townsville and Mount Isa twice a week, stopping in Cloncurry as well.

By Car

Mount Isa is less than 1.5 hours to the west. Townsville is about 8 hours to the east, Winton 3.5 hours to the south and Normanton about 4 hours to the north.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Cloncurry is small and the 'downtown' area is easily navigated on foot.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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