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Facts About McKinlay

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Published March 6th 2019
Small town on the Landsborough Highway Queensland
Located about 1595km north west of Brisbane and 228km south east of Mount Isa, McKinlay got its name corrected from MacKinlay to McKinlay in 1932 so that it will be in line with one of the great Australian explorer John McKinlay, from whom the name was after. You can find the silhouette sculpture of John McKinlay in town. This sculpture was unveiled in 2012 to celebrate 150 years after McKinlay passed through the area. Visitors can tap into the early history of McKinlay and surrounding areas and also about John McKinlay himself by visiting Centenary Park, located across from the silhouette sculpture of John McKinlay. Centenary Park has storyboards which share some historical information of interest.

McKinlay, Queensland, outback, history, facts
Old church building in McKinlay


McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
Silhouette sculpture of John McKinlay


Gold was discovered on the McKinlay-Cloncurry road in 1872. In 1997, BHP opens a mine site located about 87 kilometres south of McKinlay, the Cannington mine. Cannington mine is Australia's largest silver and lead mine and was the supplier of silver for the Olympic Games medals in Sydney in 2000 and again for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
Old CWA building


McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
Old farmer house


McKinlay Shire covers an area of 40,880.3 square and has existed as a local government entity since 1891. Because of the change in the McKinlay shire's economy, they moved the shire offices to Julia Creek in 1932. The old shire hall was made a Masonic Lodge room.

McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
A house in McKinlay


McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
Monument to commemorate people from McKinlay and surround area who sacrifice their live in WWI and WWII


McKinlay is a home for Queensland's smallest public library. Despite its diminutive size, the McKinlay Library houses an astonishing range of books, from fiction to non-fiction.

McKinlay, Queensland, outback, facts
The smallest public library in Queensland


If you want to spend more time to wander around McKinlay and the surrounding area, please make sure to book accommodation in nearby Julia Creek.
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