Hampton, Queensland

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Hampton
Queensland
New England Highway Hampton.jpg
New England Highway at Hampton, 2014
Hampton is located in Queensland
Hampton
Hampton
Coordinates 27°21′S 152°04′E / 27.350°S 152.067°E / -27.350; 152.067Coordinates: 27°21′S 152°04′E / 27.350°S 152.067°E / -27.350; 152.067
Population 345 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4352
Location
LGA(s) Toowoomba Region
County Cavendish
Parish Crows Nest
State electorate(s) Nanango
Federal Division(s) Groom. Maranoa

Hampton is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane At the 2011 census, Hampton and the surrounding area had a population of 345.[1] Situated at the top of an escarpment on the Great Dividing Range, Hampton is one of the small hamlets located along the New England Highway between Toowoomba, (29 kilometres away) and Crows Nest (12 kilometres).

History[edit]

Hampton Post Office opened on 19 May 1913 (a receiving office had been open from 1887) and closed in 1977.[2] In 1886, the Crows Nest railway line reached the town.

Geography[edit]

There are three local dams that supply water to the surrounding area, all within a short distance of Hampton. These are Cooby Dam, Perseverance Dam and Cressbrook Dam. Recreational activities are available on some of the dams.

Climate[edit]

Hampton has moderate summer temperatures with high temperatures around 27 °C (80.6 °F). The summer low temperature is around 16 °C (60.8 °F). Hampton also has mild winters with temperature highs close to 17 °C (62.6 °F), and low temperatures around 6 °C (42.8 °F). The local flora and fauna are abundant to include many species of birds and mammals. Eucalypt and pine forests as well as grass land are present in this area.

Attractions[edit]

Hampton is known for the antique shop and gift stores as well as local produce, including citrus and avocados grown on the many farms located around the district. The Hampton Information Centre is located on the New England Highway at the junction of the Esk–Hampton Road. The road provides access to Ravensbourne National Park and connects Hampton to Esk. Ravensbourne National Park features short bushwalking tracks, a scenic lookout and picnic facilities. In May the park surrounding the Visitor Information Center plays host to the Hampton High Country Food and Art Festival. The festival gives local producers from all over the Darling Downs a chance to showcase their produce.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hampton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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