Westwood, Queensland

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Westwood is located in Queensland
Coordinates 23°37′S 150°9′E / 23.617°S 150.150°E / -23.617; 150.150Coordinates: 23°37′S 150°9′E / 23.617°S 150.150°E / -23.617; 150.150
Population 253 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4702
LGA(s) Rockhampton Regional Council
State electorate(s) Fitzroy
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Westwood is a town in Central Queensland, Australia, 50 kilometres (31 mi) south west of the city of Rockhampton. At the 2006 census, Westwood and the surrounding area had a population of 253.[1]

The Capricorn Highway passes through the town, and the intersection with the Leichhardt Highway is a few kilometres to the southwest. The major industry of the area is cattle grazing.

Westwood is today a handful of houses, a hotel, and a police station. In 1867, the Great Northern Railway (now known as The Central Line) reached the area from Rockhampton, and Westwood became the railhead.[2] The first load of wool was railed from the town on 23 August. The town was meant to be the railhead for only a short time, however, bureaucracy and financial difficulties for the state meant that the next section of the line did not commence construction until 1873. The significance of Westwood declined when the railhead moved further west.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Westwood (Fitzroy Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  2. ^ The Centenary of the Central Line Knowles, J.W. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September, 1967 pp181-202