I was wondering why the Byron Bay Gliders were in town?.... After all, they were a long way from home!!
Well it's interesting what you can find out by googling ;o) ....Seems that there is an amazing event that happens in the sky here in Burketown. It's called the Morning Glory - a strange cloud formation sweeps across the sky between August to November. These dare devil gliders were in town on their annual Morning Glory trip.
We didn't see this amazing cloud.... shame.... but check out the sites below to learn all about it.
We wanted to see the Gulf of Carenteria. Burketown was the closest town on our journey to the Gulf. Not a great deal there....but at least I can now say I've been there, done that ;o)
It's just one of those things you've gotta do.
The Rodeo was in town when we arrived in Burketown. Seems like every man & his dog was there. I thought that this might be a big yearly event so I did a bit of googling and realised that it wasn't. The big annual Rodeo is on in Normington, just down the road about 200k's in June. Check out the site below for what's on in the area.
Most (not many anyway) get there from Mount Isa by light plane or car.
The best way however, is from cairns.
Allow no less than 4 days to drive constantly and don't try it in the wet season.
Check with the RACQ before you leave Cairns. It floods here regularly.
From cairns, drive due west accross the beautiful Atherton tableland and cross the many rivers that feed into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
If you've got a motor home, this is one of the best trips in Australia.
from Burketown, you've got no choice - due south for 1 or 2 days to Mount Isa.