Tolga, Queensland

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Main street of Tolga
Tolga is located in Queensland
Coordinates 17°13′S 145°29′E / 17.217°S 145.483°E / -17.217; 145.483Coordinates: 17°13′S 145°29′E / 17.217°S 145.483°E / -17.217; 145.483
Population 843 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 4882
Elevation 760 m (2,493 ft)
LGA(s) Tablelands Region
State electorate(s) Dalrymple
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,400 mm
55.1 in

Tolga is a town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, and is the centre of the regions peanut industry. At the 2006 census, Tolga had a population of 843.[1]

The name Tolga means red mud in the local Aboriginal language. The town was originally called Martintown, and grew out of a Cobb and Co staging post at Rocky Creek.[2]

Heritage listings[edit]

Tolga has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Tolga Markets[edit]

Tolga Markets are held at the Tolga Racecourse from 7am to 12pm on the first Sunday of each month. Local produce, hand crafted items, clothing, tools and food are commonly found for sale. It is considered the second most popular market held on the Atherton Tableland, only slightly smaller than the Yungaburra Markets.

The Tolga Scrub[edit]

The Tolga Scrub on the southern side of town is one of the last remaining areas of Mabi rainforest on the Atherton Tableland. It is the most drought resistant type of rainforest in Australia. The Tolga Scrub is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and 100 metres wide.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tolga (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
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  3. ^ "WWII RAAF 220 Radar Station (entry 29442)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Rocky Creek World War Two Hospital Complex (former) (entry 16552)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
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