A small roadside township near the Qld-NT border. It is the most
westerly town in Queensland, being only 13 km from the NT border. The
road to the town from Mount Isa, known locally as 'Tojo's Highway', was
built during World War II with American funds as a link between the
southern states and the theoretical 'front line' in the Northern
Territory. Very little maintenance has been done and it is today one of
if not the worst bitumen road in Australia.
Points of interest: Camooweal Caves National Park (8 km south); Freckleton's Store (c.1900)
Brief history: explorer William Landsborough was the first European to
pass through the Camooweal area (1862) while he was looking for Burke
and Wills. His reports led to the area being settled by pastoralists
but it wasn't until 1884 that the town of Camooweal was gazetted. Today
the town is little more than a stopover point before crossing into the
Northern Territory for the long drive to the Stuart Highway.
Origin of name: reportedly derived from an Aboriginal word, language and dialect unknown, indicating strong wind.
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Location: 330 km south of Burketown; 188 km from Mount Isa; 440 km
from the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory; 236 metres above