Come for a Visit

Above Image Credit: Banner Trish Hudspith Photographics

The best way to get a true sense of Richmond, is to come for a visit.  Richmond prides itself on making people feel truly welcome, and many visitors comment on how friendly the people of Richmond are. You could time your visit to coincide with a major local event, or you could just come at any time – there is always lots to see and do.  If you are considering moving to Richmond, we can even help you to meet up with a few locals to have a chat. 

Local Attractions

Local Tourism

Kronosaurus Korner - Fossil Centre and Cafe

Transport to Richmond

REX Airlines

Greyhound Buses


Regional and Local Tourism

Richmond's tourist attractions provide an interesting outing for local families.  Further afield, there is a lot to see and do within easy driving distance for a weekend or short trip.

Kronosaurus Korner

Above Image Credits: Banner Trish Hudspith Photographics , Right Richmond Shire Council

Kronosaurus Korner is Richmond's world famous paleontological museum, featuring a fascinating and extensive collection of fossils.  During the Cretaceous period, much of inland Queensland, including Richmond, lay under a vast inland sea.  Today, fossilised remains of the marine flora and fauna, including the ferocious and enormous Kronosaurus Queenslandicus can be found throughout the region, and some internationally significant finds are on display in the museum.  Entry for residents of the Richmond Shire is free.

Our Pioneering and Cultural History

Celebrating the history of Richmond and the surrounding district over the last 150 years, Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre was built by Richmond Shire Council to preserve Richmond's historical and cultural background.  The building is a replica of the Cambridge Downs Homestead and is built in local flagstone rock.

The original Cambridge Downs homestead was built in the 1860's and the ruins stand on the banks of the Stawell River at Cambridge Crossing, approximately 40km from Richmond.  The Cambridge Crossing is a popular picnic spot for locals. 

For more information on local places of interest, click here.

Regional Tourism

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Richmond is in the middle of everywhere – surrounded by interesting places to visit for day trips and short getaways.  Check out the major tourist attractions at surrounding centres, or take advantage of some local knowledge and go somewhere truly unique...


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Approximately 500km to the east of Richmond is the holiday hub, Townsville, where Richmond residents enjoy shopping, restaurants and coastal activities. Townsville is an attractive, modern city, located in idyllic tropical North Queensland, and is serviced by a major domestic airport and most domestic airlines. As a well-serviced city, Townsville truly has something for everyone. With its easy proximity to Richmond, it's a great place for people visit for a few days or a long break. Head over for a weekend and watch the Cowboys play a home game, visit designer shops, REEF HQ, or a see a touring concert. Eat at a top restaurant or grab some fish and chips and picnic on 'The Strand'.

Normanton and Karumba

Outback by the sea. Experience the great fishing, magnificent sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, bird watching at Mutton Hole Wetlands, croc spotting on the Norman River and Sunset Cruises.

Explore Burke and Wills last camp 119, eat our local prawns and mud crabs. Stay in motels or any 5 of our caravan parks or dine in our hotels. The best time to go barra fishing is from September to May.

We are only six hours away from Richmond on sealed roads.

Bring your boat and even catch more

Contact the Normanton Visitor Information Centre on 47451065 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20" target="_blank">e-mail us. 

Charters Towers

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Above Image Credit: Charters Towers Regional Council

The historic town of Charters Towers is located 364 km East of Richmond.  Steeped in all the history of a late eighteen hundreds gold rush, Charters Towers boasts numerous beautiful, historic buildings, museums and artifacts celebrating the city's colourful and lucrative past.  Today, Charters Towers is the hub of a modern mining and grazing community.  It is the perfect place to get away for a short trip, as there is some great shopping, and lots to see.

Nearby Charters Towers, Bivouac Junction, and the Burdekin Dam offer excellent freshwater fishing and camping opportunities.  Charters Towers also hosts a major country music festival every year, and holds markets every weekend.  For more information, please contact Charters Towers Tourist Information Centre on 07 4761 5533, or check out their website.

Julia Creek & McKinlay Shire

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Above Image Credit: McKinlay Shire Council

Julia Creek is 149km West of Richmond on the Flinders Highway.

Julia Creek has a long and interesting history, in both the town and district, and features an unusual 30metre water tower which can be seen up to 15kms away, the tower also has blue coloured feature lighting, creating a visual effect that can be seen at night.

Bring the family camping for free alongside the Julia Creek only 1.3kms east of Julia Creek. Within the Shire we have a large range of camping areas including Eastern Creek, Punchbowl & Sedan Dip with great fishing and camping.

Julia Creek has many local events including a number of race meetings, campdrafts, and the Dirt and Dust Festival in April.  Julia Creek also has some interesting tourist attractions, particularly with relation to the local landscape. 

For more information please contact "At the Creek", Ph: 07 4746 7690, .


Cloncurry is located 286km west of Richmond on the Flinders Highway, it is a busy centre for the local mining and grazing industries. Cloncurry has a museum dedicated to the foundation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (John Flynn Place Museum), and the history of mining within the district (Museum at Cloncurry Unearthed, at the Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park).  Cloncurry also has several major events each year, including the Cloncurry Show in June, Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival in July, the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge also in July and the Cloncurry Merry Muster in August.  For more information about what to see and do around Cloncurry, contact Cloncurry Unearthed: (07)4742 1361 or visit the website.


Experience Winton – Dinosaur Capital of Australia, home of Waltzing Matilda and Queensland's Boulder Opal.  Winton is about 220km South of Richmond.

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient past at the Dinosaur Stampede and Lark Quarry Conservation Park; the world's only known record of a dinosaur stampede and visit Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum; housing the world's largest collection of Australian Dinosaurs

Discover the Waltzing Matilda Centre, a museum dedicated to our national a song, play a unique Musical Fence,  marvel at Arno's Wall or take a trip into transport history at the Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum.

Try your luck opal fossicking at Opalton or drive your own adventure throughout Winton's rugged beauty at Bladensburg National Park, Old Cork Station and Cawnpore Lookout.


P: 1300 665 115


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Above Image Credits: Croydon Shire Council

Croydon, approximately 400km North of Richmond, in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country on the Savannah Way, is a small town with a big history which started with the discovery of gold in 1885. It became the fourth largest town in Queensland extending for 18 km and produced 23,675 kg of gold over 35 years. Discover the history of this town, which once had 36 hotels, along with factories, foundries, movie theatres, dance halls, butchers, bakers, emporiums, schools and even newspapers.

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  • Croydon's Historic Precinct
  • The Mining Museum
  • Gulflander Train
  • Chinese Temple Site
  • Lake Belmore


  • Croydon's Annual Barra & Bream Fishing Competition at Lake Belmore, weekend before Easter
  • Annual Poddy Dodgers Festival
  • Annual Golden Gate Historic Train Ride

National Parks

Many families love to go camping, and exploring the great outdoors together.  One of the real advantages of living in the middle of the  Queensland Outback, is having access to some of the most stunning natural environments in the country, within just a few hours' drive of home.  Here is a link to National Parks website, showing National Parks in Outback QLD.  You can filter the list to look for places to go camping, or fishing, or exploring the great outdoors. National Parks in Outback Queensland

And here is their home page.

Sporting, Cultural, Service Clubs and Churches

Richmond has a very active club and volunteer community –one of the things that makes it such a great place to be.  Whether you are sporty, arty, musical or just community minded, if you're inclined to get involved, there is definitely something to get involved in.  Find a chance to have fun, make friends, and become a local.  Get the kids involved in local sports, arts or music programmes, and find ways to make a real difference to the community in which you live.  Here's a list of our local organisations, and how to get in touch with them.

Social Life / Events

The residents of Richmond have a pretty busy social life, keeping up with the jam-packed calendar of events.  Here is a list of the larger social events in the year.  Of course, there are always smaller gatherings happening at the pubs, or local community clubs. 

Australia Day


Australia Day in Richmond is celebrated in typical laid back country style with a FREE BBQ breakfast followed by Awards Ceremony and then a round robin of 6-ers Cricket.
The event is held annually on January 26 at Charlie Wehlow Oval from 8am.
The celebrations are co-ordinated by the Richmond Shire Council with the valued assistance of the Richmond Lions Club and the Richmond Junior Rugby League.
It is the ideal occasion to showcase our unique, local home-grown nominees and celebrate and reward our vibrant community spirit.

Anzac Day

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Like many towns across Australia, Anzac Day holds a special place in the heart of the community of Richmond. Much of the community turns out to pay their deep respects, and to remember those who have fought for Australia, across several generations. Many local families have a proud history of military service for Australia.
A Dawn Service is held at the Jack Brown Lion's Park at the Cenotaph.
At 9am on ANZAC DAY the parade assembles at the Post Office for a march along the main street to Jack Brown Lion's Park for the commencement of a mid-morning service at 9.30am at the Cenotaph.
Traditionally the students from Richmond State School, Distance Education Students, RSL, Red Cross, Pony Club and others in the community form our procession.
The service then commences at 9.30am
Lest We Forget.

Fossil Festival

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This biennial festival is our major community event and celebrates all that is great about Richmond, especially our fascinating paleontological history. Held over the May Day long weekend it is packed with top notch fun and boasts something for everyone, from Fossil Hunting, to street parties, bush poetry, rodeos, horse racing, and the World Championship Moon Rock Throwing.  There is always something new and different to see at the Fossil Fest and our many visitors join Richmond's community members to kick back, relax and enjoy a friendly, fun filled weekend.

Field Days

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Richmond Field Days is an annual event held by Richmond Turf Club at Richmond Race Course over a Friday and Saturday in mid June. The event features over 100 exhibitors ranging from agricultural suppliers, bull breeders to fashion and lifestyle products and sideshow alley for the kids. Over 1200 people come through the gates to enjoy the atmosphere of a true agricultural Field Day. On Friday night, the Beef Dinner and Dance is held, on Saturday, a race day takes place, followed by live entertainment at the bar late in to the night. Richmond Field Days is a great opportunity to make new friends, catch up with old ones, and do a bit of shopping.


Richmond Rodeo Association hold an APRA affiliated rodeo in July every year.  The rodeo is one of a number of events on the Northern Run, leading up to the Mt Isa Rodeo in August.  This timing assures top quality competitors across all events.  Richmond Rodeo Association also ensures they include events for local participants, such as the local bull ride and saddlebronc, and children's novelty events such as the poddy ride.  Rough stock, roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing events attract professional riders, ensuring a great evening of entertainment for all. 

Richmond Annual Fishing Classic

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The Richmond Annual Fishing Classic 2013 hosted by the Richmond Fish Stocking Association and the Richmond Shire Council will be held on the 5th & 6th of October 2013.
The weekend will be filled with family fun and entertainment, education on fishing sustainability as well as a celebration of all that Richmond and Lake Fred Tritton has to offer.
For more information please contact Megan Hussey on 0427 619 264.

Spouse Hunters Ball

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The Spouse Hunters Club was formed for the express purpose of putting on a ball to lure the singles from near and far to one venue -  Richmond! There have been many wonderfully-themed Spouse Hunters Balls (Masquerade, Royalty, Hollywood, Casino Royale, to name a few), where guests don their most glamorous evening wear for a black tie event under the stars, and dance the night away to awesome live entertainment.  A recovery breakfast is provided at the Racecourse the following day, with more music, bar and games to keep the fun going. Spouse Hunters Ball is held each year, in September.
The Club welcomes any enthusiastic locals who want to join a group dedicated to bringing people together for  a weekend of sophisticated revelry in the Bush each year!

October Moon Festival

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Above Image Credits: Banner Trish Hudspith Photographics, Right Trish Hudspith Photographics, Patricia Woodgate, Richmond Spouse Hunters Club, Kim Hughes

October Moon Festival holds an annual musical event, with a hint of jazz, by Lake Fred Tritton in Richmond, NW QLD. OMF strives to give our local musicians a spotlight and brings the world to their stage. Trumpeting into it's fifth year, the growing popularity of this festival is drawing its crowd from near and far, with visitors gathering to return for their OMF fix year after year. Several musical programs are set into action throughout the year by OMF facilitating musical education and resources, with the aim of creating a community with music as a valued and central part of our local identity.

Melbourne Cup Day

Richmond Turf Club holds an event every year on Melbourne Cup Day. This year an event will be held at the Richmond Shire Hall celebrating the artist works of local artist, Jo Forster, in conjunction with Commerce Richmond Inc.

Combined Services Christmas Party

Held late in November, or even early in December, the Combined Services Christmas Party is hosted by the Lions Club, and the CWA. Residents enjoy an evening of entertainment, a visit from Santa, and a BBQ tea. Children each get the chance to meet Santa and receive a free lolly bag, soft drink and meal for the evening. Big kids and little kids alike are always pleased to see Santa turn up in the local Police Patrol Car, Fire Engine or even on horse back. This is a well loved and long term event which is very relaxed and family friendly.

The Great Outdoors

Richmond boasts many opportunities to get out there and enjoy the great out doors as a family. From our award winning recreational lake, Lake Fred Tritton, to our beautifully maintained parks, to our stunning natural environment – get the kids outdoors, and have some good clean (or dirty) fun...

Lake Fred Tritton

Lake Fred Tritton Jetty

Completed in February 2003, using local earthmoving contractors, the national award winning Lake Fred Tritton provides locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to enjoy freshwater based activities such as swimming, skiing, canoeing, sailing, fishing, jet skiing and even snorkelling – activities not normally available in inland towns.  The lake also boasts a surrounding walking track, a playground, a water park, extensive lawns with shady trees, free BBQ facilities, clean amenities and the Bush Tucker Gardens.  During the warmer months, the lake becomes a central hub for all sorts of fun and recreation for families and during the winter, it is a delightful spot to walk, picnic, or just relax.

The lake is stocked with over 18 species of fish by the Richmond Fish Stocking Association and monitored by the Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries. Species include red claw yabbies, barramundi, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, archer fish, forktail catfish and golf grunter. 

The Flinders River

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The Flinders River is Queensland's longest river.  During the dry season, it's dry, sandy river bed has occasional stretches of water.  It is picturesque, shady, and quiet.  During the wet season, the Flinders becomes a massive torrent of water that demands respect and the utmost caution.  While no formal facilities exist along the Flinders River, it is a much loved local spot for fishing, swimming, walking, picnicking and riding horses and motorbikes during the dry season.  Parts of the river run through public land and there are many special spots along the river that locals know well and enjoy with their friends and families.  Visiting the river can be a great way to spend some quiet time together, enjoying nature at its finest.

Parks and recreational facilities

Charlie Wehlow Oval

Richmond Shire Council maintains a number of parks and recreational facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Jack Brown Park

Jack Brown Park houses the Richmond War Memorial, and is where the town celebrates Anzac Day services every year.  The park has extensive lawns, clean amenities and shady trees, overlooking the Flinders River.

Skate Park


A recent addition to Richmond's recreational facilities is the Skate Park, at the North Western end of town. The Skate Park was built in consultation with the youth of the town. 

Bobby Murray Park

Bobby Murray Park is across the road from Kronosaurus Korner.  This beautifully shaded park has a much loved play-ground, and clean amenities.  It is often used by families for children's birthday parties.

Charlie Wehlow Oval

Charlie Wehlow Oval is home to Richmond Tigers Junior and Senior Rugby League teams, and provides a great venue for school athletics carnivals, football games and Australia Day Cricket. 

Richmond Swimming Pool


Richmond has a 25 metre public swimming pool, which is a popular spot for fun and fitness throughout the warmer months of the year.  Swimming lessons, and even aqua aerobics are available during the season, as is swim squad coaching. 

Fossil Hunting Sites

Kids just love hunting for fossils.  They are happy to find little things like shells, which are very abundant at Council's Free Fossicking sites.  You never know, you may just find something a little bigger.  Some sites have amenities.  For more information, and a free map, contact Kronosaurus Korner


That should keep the whole family busy...