Julia Creek Drought 2016

Camp Status: OPENED
Starting: 18TH MAY 2016 – CLOSING 14TH AUGUST 2016
Address: McIntyre Park, Kynuna Road
GPS co-ordinates: 20 39 51 S   141 44 25E
Coordinator: Brian Carr
Phone: 0428 984 117
Email:   blazeaid.juliacreek@gmail.com

Julia Creek is located in north-west Queensland on the Flinders Highway, approx. 650km west of Townsville, 135km east of Cloncurry and 110km north of Kynuna.  The Kynuna to Julia Creek road is sealed although it is not shown as sealed on most maps.

Unlike the vast majority of BlazeAid base camps where volunteers stay in a communal setting, with Drought Relief, volunteers are sent out to live on a property.  You do not commute daily to/from the property.  There is no kitchen or dining room available at our basecamp so if staying with us overnight in Julia Creek on your way out to, or returned from a property, you will need to self cater.  Power, hot showers and toilets are available at our camp.
Volunteers provide their own accommodation (caravan/motor home, etc) on the property and live separately to the owners.  Power is normally available and use of showers and toilet can usually be arranged.  There is generally no accommodation on a property for those without their own caravan/motor home.
No meals are provided and volunteers will need to look after themselves whether at our basecamp or out on a property.  BlazeAid may be able to assist with some food costs.
We would appreciate a call from you a day or so prior to your intended arrival so a suitable property can or arranged.
Because of the time involved in getting to a property, setting up and getting to know the property owners, we ask you to stay for a minimum of one week.
The small town of Julia Creek does not have a pharmacy so make sure you bring sufficient personal medications with you.  The nearest pharmacy is 135km away.
There is a 24/7 doctor in the town.  As with the rest of the Queensland outback, the town relies on the Royal Flying Doctor Service for transport to distant hospitals.
There are two food shops and a butchery in the town, one hotel, two hardware shops, a laundromat and two ‘dump points’.
Getting to properties will involve an amount of travel on dirt/gravel roads which are normally maintained in a good condition.  No properties are on sealed roads.
If travelling with a dog, your dog might not be welcome on some properties.
Solo volunteers may have to wait until another solo traveller arrives as our safety policy will not allow a person to work alone on a property.
All volunteers should ensure they have relevant ambulance coverage.  Long-distance ambulance transport can be very expensive.
All volunteers should also ensure that their tetanus protection is up to date.


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