Aloomba, Queensland

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Streetscape, Alloomba, 2018.jpg
Looking south down Nielsen Street, Alloomba, 2018
Aloomba is located in Queensland
Coordinates 17°06′36″S 145°49′56″E / 17.11°S 145.8322°E / -17.11; 145.8322Coordinates: 17°06′36″S 145°49′56″E / 17.11°S 145.8322°E / -17.11; 145.8322
Population 529 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 4.537/km2 (11.750/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4871
Area 116.6 km2 (45.0 sq mi)
LGA(s) Cairns Region
State electorate(s) Mulgrave
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Localities around Aloomba:
Gordonvale Green Hill Yarrabah
Wooroonooran Aloomba Yarrabah
Wooroonooran Fishery Falls Deeral

Aloomba is a town and a locality in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Aloomba had a population of 529 people.[1]


Looking east along Bennett Road, 2018

Aloomba is a long thin locality hemmed in east and west by mountain ranges. It is bounded to the north by the Mulgrave River which then passes through the west of the locality. The Bruce Highway passes through the west of the locality but not through the town which is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east of the highway but about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) away by road. The North Coast railway line enters the locality from the south immediately to the west of the highway but then veers to the east in order to pass through the town, after which the railway veers back towards the highway but does not rejoin it within the locality.[4]

Looking west along Hesp Road across the North Coast railway line, 2018

The mountainous western part of the locality is within the Malbon Thompson Forest Reserve. The remainder is relatively flat freehold land used predominantly for farming, particulary growing sugarcane. There is a network of cane tramways to deliver the harvested sugarcane to the Mulgrave Sugar Mill in Gordonvale.[4]


Aloomba Hotel, Aloomba, circa 1925
Aloomba State School, circa 1914

The town name is a corruption of the Yidinji word "Ngalumba", indicating hard milkwood tree (Alstonia Muellerana).[2]

Aloomba Provisional School opened on 15 May 1899, becoming Aloomba State School on 1 January 1909.[5][6]


Aloomba State School, 2018

Aloomba State School is a co-educational government primary (P-6) school in Nielsen Street. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 88 students with 7 teachers (6 full-time equivalent) and 8 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).[7]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Aloomba (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 May 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Aloomba - town in Cairns Region (entry 458)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Aloomba - locality in Cairns Region (entry 48495)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "A". Opening and closing dates of Queensland schools. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  7. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Aloomba State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 

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