North West Queensland

This region encompasses the nine local government areas of Burke (S), Carpentaria (S), Cloncurry (S), Doomadgee (S), Flinders (S), McKinlay (S), Mornington (S), Mount Isa (C) and Richmond (S).

North West Queensland region has a total land area of 307,082.2 km2, with an average daily temperature range of 18.6°C to 32.5°C and an average annual rainfall of 573 mm.

The North West Minerals Province is one of the world's most significant base and precious metals producers, while a thriving beef industry is a strong economic stimulator. The north west region is a popular destination for tourists seeking an off-the-beaten-track experience. Tourists can explore world class fossil sites, cultural heritage sites and paddle down the tranquil and picturesque Lawn Hill Gorge.


30,139 (ERP 2018)


13,900 (2016 Census), across 19 industries


  • abundant mineral wealth and natural resources
  • thriving pastoral industries
  • a vital transport corridor with easy access to major transport routes
  • established local supply chains
  • proximity to growing Asian markets
  • the world’s largest natural aquifer, the great Artesian Basin
  • world-class fossil deposits
  • national parks and cultural heritage sites
  • resilient and diverse economy
  • Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site
  • thriving outback experience, tourism industry

Main industries

  • mining and minerals processing
  • agriculture, beef
  • tourism

Last updated: 24 Mar 2021