Mary Kathleen Swimming Pool - QLD

  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -20.7775 139.978394
DMS: 20º 46' 39" S 139º 58' 42.22" E
UTM: 54 K 7702140mN 393665mE
Altitude: 354.55m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


754.29kms SouthWest of Daintree - Driving 1302 km (14 hours 42 mins)

Address & Contact

Cloncurry QLD
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The swimming pool at Mary Kathleen is one of the amenities built by Mary Kathleen Uranium for its employees.

Mary Kathleen - the Town
Mary Kathleen Ghost town which was once an important mining centre. This famous mining town has been reduced to a bitumen road leading into the bush about 55 km from Mt Isa and 62 km from Cloncurry. The site is not marked but is on the northern side of the road. All that is left of the once thriving town is a series of old streets. Everything else, including all the houses, has disappeared as the centre was completely closed down. It is now nothing more than a memory and a Memorial Park and Museum in McIlwraith St, Cloncurry.

Burke and Wills passed through the Mary Kathleen area in 1861 and it was duly settled by pastoralists in the late 1860s. It wasn't until 1954 that uranium (then the largest known deposit in Australia) was discovered by Walton and McConachy. The latter bestowed the name of his late wife, who had died a couple of weeks earlier, upon the town. In the next four years an eight-man syndicate was formed, a model town was built, a contract was signed with the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and the mine was brought into production. The town had two brief lives. Between 1958 and1963 a total of 4500 tonnes of uranium were produced. A world oversupply of uranium led to the mine lying idle from 1963.
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Mount Isa Aero
Distance from Mary Kathleen Swimming Pool 52.21km W
Mean Max. °C36.335.334.231.827.824.824.727.331.234.636.437.1
Mean Min. °C23.723.421.718.413.89.98.610.214.218.521.423.0
Mean Rain mm116.4101.364.915.

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