If you’re looking for an absolutely beautiful camp site around Mount Isa and Cloncurry, Corella Dam is the pick. Corella Dam and Clem Walton Park represent lapping water and greenery in the otherwise dry Outback scenery.
The Corella Lake was originally built to support the nearby Mary Kathleen township and Uranium Mine, which is now empty and abandoned, but well worth a look while you’re in the area. Corella Dam doesn’t offer any facilities, so make sure you’re fully self-contained and well-stocked before heading in.
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Clem Walton Park & Corella Dam
Although we pulled up for a night or two, we ended up spending a very relaxed week here with a day trip into Mount Isa to run some errands and grab the mail.
By chance, we happened to bump into some campers we first met back in The Gemfields. We took the opportunity to camp with them for the week, share some laughs, some beers and some card games. The kids had the best time swimming and kayaking in the dam every day.
Back in 1959 the Dam was built to provide town water for the nearby Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine.
We found the camp safe to unhitch if you want to head into Cloncurry, Mount Isa or Mary Kathleen Mine (which is only 5 minutes up the road).
⏰ No time limit
⛺️ Tents, Camper Trailers, Caravans, RVs, Big Rigs
🚶♀️ Walking tracks
🚙 4WD tracks
🐊 Freshwater crocodiles
Average Telstra reception
No toilets, drinking water or power
Corella Dam is located about halfway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry, QLD (54km west of Cloncurry and 71km east of Mount Isa).
Don’t forget to pre download your digital maps before you leave areas of reception. Even with Telstra, you won’t get coverage between towns in the Outback.
It’s also wise to carry a paper map with you as back up. You don’t want to find yourself stranded without a direction – trust me, we’ve been there and it was not fun.
Hema have a great range of maps that will help you on your way.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the old, abandoned Mary Kathleen mine and township. You can drive around the old streets and even pick a slab and camp there.
Mary Kathleen is located just 16 km northwest of Clem Walton Park and will take about 15 minutes to drive there.
Take the tour below!