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Cloncurry, Australia

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CLONCURRY, 137km west of Julia Creek, is caught between two landscapes, where the flat eastern plains rise to a rough and rocky plateau. Signs at either end of the town wish you "a warm welcome indeed", given that Australia's highest temperature (53.1°C) was recorded here. Cloncurry offers glimpses into the mining history that permeates the whole stretch west to larger Mount Isa. The highway runs through town as McIlwraith Street in the east, and Ramsay Street in the west. Most services – banks, supermarket, half-dozen bars and a post office – are along Ramsay or the grid of …
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