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Getting here

B urketown is located on one of Australia's most adventurous drives, known as the Savannah Way.
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By Road

Burketown is located 230km by road west from Normanton and 430km north of Mount Isa. If travelling from the Northern Territory, the town can be reached via Borroloola and Doomadgee.

Burketown is surrounded by many unsealed roads - please visit the Shire Council website for a road conditions report:

  • From Normanton: Burketown is located about 230km west from Normanton and will take around 3 hours to drive.
  • From Mount Isa: Burketown is located about 430km north from Mount Isa and is around 6.5 hour drive.
  • From Cloncurry: Burketown is located around 450km north west from Cloncurry and will take around 7 hours to drive.
  • From Cairns: Burketown is located around 900km south west from Cairns and will take around 15 hours to drive.
  • From Brisbane: Burketown is located around 2600km north west from Brisbane and would take around 22 hours to drive.

If you are coming from further afield, the RACQ Trip Planner should help!

By Air

Skytrans is the only airline that services Burketown and has direct flights in and out from Cairns, Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Mount Isa and Normanton. You can also fly to Mount Isa or Cloncurry and hire a car.

To make a booking, check prices or schedules please visit Rex

For connecting flights, please check other service providers for connecting flights. Qantaslink and Rex will be helpful.

By Rail

There are no direct trains to Burketown only a local Gulflander that operates between Normantan and Croydon. You can take the train to Mount Isa or Cloncurry and hire a car.