Wulguru, Queensland

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Wulguru
TownsvilleQueensland
Remains of the World War II bunker in Wulguru, Queensland.jpg
Current view of the World War II bunker remains
Postcode(s) 4811
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Burdekin
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Suburbs around Wulguru:
Annandale Idalia Cluden
Wulguru
Roseneath Stuart

Wulguru is a suburb of Townsville, Queensland. The bushy hills in some areas provide panoramic views of Townsville and Magnetic Island. Most of the area is owned by the Australian Army and is fenced off. The suburb has a population of 4.450.

"Wulguru" is the name of an extinct Aboriginal language and it is claimed that the word itself means "windy valley". The Edison Street Plaza is the main shopping centre of the suburb consisting of an Edison Street Seafood, video hire, Chinese dining, a bakery, a St vincent De Paul store, a butcher, a hairdresser and a handy mini-mart. Across the road from the shopping plaza is Wulguru State School. Next to the school is a park and several soccer fields as well as a scout hall. Other schools close to the vicinity of Wulguru are Southern Cross Catholic School and William Ross High School.

Wulguru is a centrally located suburb with two major shopping centers near by being Fairfield Waters and Annandale Central. Around Wright Street there are many Queenslander-style houses.

At the corner of Diamantina Street and Stuart Drive is a large block of land at the base of Mount Stuart. During World War II, this was the site of No. 3 Fighter Sector RAAF including bunkers. Three Fighter Sector headquarters comprised 32 rooms in the large rectangular concrete building with caneite partitions forming various passageways. The building still stands today and is 60 ft by 42 ft. The mezzanine floor has long since disappeared.

The bunker structure is classified in the Queensland Heritage Register (ref: 601708) and encompasses the boundary of Diamantina Street, Stuart Drive and Hill Street.[1]

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Coordinates: 19°20′S 146°49′E / 19.333°S 146.817°E / -19.333; 146.817