Georgetown - QLD

  Population - Town

Position

DEG: -18.29199 143.545837
DMS: 18º 17' 31.17" S 143º 32' 45.01" E
UTM: 54 K 7975632mN 769134mE
Altitude: 298.06m

Description

Place Type

Population - Population - Town

Location

294.32kms SouthWest of Daintree - Driving 455 km (5 hours 46 mins)

Address & Contact

Haldane St
Georgetown QLD 4871
Phone: (07) 4079 9090
Email: N/A
Web: http://www.etheridge.qld.gov.au

Information

Georgetown is a town on the Etheridge River in Far North Queensland, Australia on The Gulf Developmental Road.Cairns is 412 km to the east and Normanton is 301 km to the west. Georgetown is the administrative headquarters of the Shire of Etheridge, a local government area encompassing the nearby settlements of Mount Surprise, Forsayth and Einasleigh. At the 2016 census, Georgetown had a population of about 350.

The Etheridge River was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s; the town of Georgetown was established on the site of the diggings. Originally known by the name Etheridge, the town's name was changed in 1871 to honour an early gold commissioner, Howard St George. By 1900 grazing had replaced gold mining as the region's primary source of income.

Georgetown is one of the real locations mentioned several times in the novel "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute (information sourced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgetown,_Queensland).

There are many interesting historical features in Georgetown, from the restored Shire Hall in St George Street (built in 1908 and restored in 1998), Savannah House, the restored ex-clerk of the Courts dwelling in the same street, the Masonic Temple, the Catholic Church (established in 1913), and the cemetery.

Another picturesque mining relic is found 20km west of the town, the Cumberland Chimney which is all that stands of the gold crushing plant.

Georgetown is also home to the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection which was founded by the Etheridge Shire Council in early 2003. The collection is the work of one man and houses over 4500 mineral specimens. The centre also is an accredited Information centre.

The Etheridge Heritage Park has been developed in the centre of town and has a free electric BBQ amongst shaded trees with a modern public toilet block including a baby change station. There is also a signed walk around the town which is the ‘Georgetown River Walk’. This walk is ideal to unwind or to take in our local flora and fauna and native bird life.

Georgetown hosts a number of regional country activities including a Camp draft, Rodeo, Bushman’s Ball, Debutante Ball, Various Fetes and Sporting Events.

Take a break from the Savannah Way. Visit the gemstone display at TerrEstrial, enjoy a cuppa at the shady park overlooking the Etheridge River then do the river walk up to the Water Tank. Turn off here if going to Cobbold Gorge.
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Closest Weather Station

Georgetown Airport at 13/03:30pm EST
Distance from Georgetown 2.08km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
30.1°C27.5°C42%15.8°C1005.5hPa0.0mmSW24km/hr
13knots
35km/hr
19knots

Closest Climatic Station

Croydon Township
Distance from Georgetown 137.66km W
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C35.534.534.333.931.629.229.231.234.336.938.037.3
Mean Min. °C24.223.923.321.017.914.614.015.719.222.424.424.6
Mean Rain mm222.1180.1116.925.17.88.43.92.75.513.944.6115.3

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