Baralaba, Queensland

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The Baralaba Hotel
Baralaba is located in Queensland
Coordinates 24°10′55″S 149°48′47″E / 24.18194°S 149.81306°E / -24.18194; 149.81306Coordinates: 24°10′55″S 149°48′47″E / 24.18194°S 149.81306°E / -24.18194; 149.81306
Population 479 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4702
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
LGA(s) Shire of Banana
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Baralaba:
Barnard Kokotungo Kokotungo
Alberta Baralaba Banana
Alberta Moura Banana

Baralaba is a small town and rural locality in the Shire of Banana in central Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people.[1]


The Dawson River forms the western boundary of the locality. The town is located in the north-west corner of the locality beside the river. The Neville Hewitt weir on the river at the town creates a wide river for irrigation and recreation.[4]

The town is located 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of the Leichhardt Highway.


The local economy revolves around beef production.


The town's name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning "high mountain" referring to nearby Mount Ramsay.

Baralaba Provisional School opened on 19 August 1918. It became a state school on 1 March 1922. In 1964, a secondary department was added.[5][6][7]

Baralaba Post Office opened by April 1924 (a receiving office had been open since about 1919).[8]

In May 1941, an Honour Board commemorating those who served in World War II was unveiled at the Returned and Services League of Australia Memorial Hall in Stopford Street (24°10′54″S 149°48′40″E / 24.181750°S 149.811143°E / -24.181750; 149.811143 (Baralaba Memorial Hall & War Memorial)).[9] Outside of the Memorial Hall is a white cross commemorating those who served in all wars and conflicts.[10]

Two coal mines once operated in the Baralaba region. Both closed, but mining operations recommenced at one mine in 2005.


Baralaba State School is a government co-educational primary and partial secondary (P-10) school located at 1 Power Street (24°10′52″S 149°48′33″E / 24.181038°S 149.809072°E / -24.181038; 149.809072 (Baralaba State School)). In 2012, the school had an enrolment of 98 students with 14 teachers (10.7 full-time equivalent). As Baralaba State School only provides secondary education to Year 10, the nearest secondary schools offering Years 11 and 12 are located in Moura and Biloela.[11][12]


Baralaba Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course and is located on Alberta Road.[13]


Every March, there is a campdrafting competition at Baralaba.[14]

The annual Baralaba agricultural show is held in May.[14]

The Saratoga Fishing Competition is held each September.[14]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Population data[edit]

In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people.[1] This was in increase from the 2006 census, when Baralaba had a population of 290.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Baralaba (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Baralaba (entry 1568)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baralaba (entry 40421)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Baralaba". Dawson River Towns. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 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. ^ "Agency ID4818, Baralaba State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Baralaba & District Honour Board". Monument Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Baralaba & District War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Baralaba State School. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Baralaba Golf Club". World Golf. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Simple Pleasures: Banana Shire" (PDF). The Gladstone Region. Tourism Queensland. p. 3. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dawson Valley Colliery (former) (entry 602723)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Baralaba (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

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