Julia Creek is located on the Overlander's Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa and on to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Julia Creek started to grow when the railway line was extended in February 1908. It is a major stock trucking and cattle sales centre with impressive sale yards fitted with lighting for night loading and unloading. The area is home to a rare and endangered marsupial, the Julia Creek Dunnart. Because of their nocturnal habits and timid natures, glimpses of the dunnart are rare. While visiting Julia Creek why not visit the Proa Redclaw Farm. The 6 ponds use artesian water, some containing up to 16,000 red claw.