Bluewater, Queensland

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Bluewater is located in Queensland
Coordinates 19°10′28″S 146°33′1″E / 19.17444°S 146.55028°E / -19.17444; 146.55028Coordinates: 19°10′28″S 146°33′1″E / 19.17444°S 146.55028°E / -19.17444; 146.55028
Population 1,867 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4818
State electorate(s) Thuringowa
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Localities around Bluewater:
Toomulla Toolakea Saunders Beach
Rollingstone Bluewater Purono Park
Bluewater Park Alice River Yabulu

Bluewater is a rural/residential suburb approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) north[2] of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The greater Bluewater area comprises three recognised districts - the Bluewater township itself (population 701), Bluewater Park (population 961), and Toolakea (population 205). As of the 2006 census, the population of the greater Bluewater area was 1,867.[1]


Bluewater was settled in the late nineteenth century, and was close to the Purono rail siding, constructed in 1919 on the extension of the North Coast railway line from Townsville to Ingham. During World War II, Bluewater became campground to a number of service personnel whose responsibility it was to resist Japanese invasion.

It wasn't until 1946 that land was first subdivided along Bluewater Beach, followed by subdivisions of Toolakea Beach and the Bluewater Township in the 1950s.[3]

Bluewater Post Office opened by May 1960.[4]

Bluewater today[edit]

Today, Bluewater is a thriving community containing a number of facilities and attractions. Bluewater Park is a popular tourist destination with designated free campsites, and is located close to the Bluewater Store (currently closed for business), Bluewater Creek, and the newly developed Urban Forest and Fitness Trail. Toolakea and Bluewater Beach are popular recreational areas, and there is a boat ramp facility and waste transfer station towards the end of Bluewater Drive.[5]

Other facilities in the Bluewater area include a post office,[6] a community centre, a Girl Guides training & camping centre,[7] a Scout hall, and Bluewater State School.[8] There is also a Bluewater Caravan Park and Bluewater Medical Practice, however they are both technically located in Purono Park, on the Bruce Highway.


  1. ^ a b The New Townsville City: Townsville State Suburbs, accessed 9 June 2008.
  2. ^ Discover Thuringowa - Northern Beaches, accessed 9 June 2008.
  3. ^ Thuringowa Library Heritage Services: A History Of The Bluewater Area, accessed 9 June 2008.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Discover Thuringowa: Northern Beaches, accessed 9 June 2008.
  6. ^ Australia Post: Post Office Locator, accessed 3 November 2010.
  7. ^ Bluewater Training And Camping Centre, accessed 9 June 2008.
  8. ^ Bluewater State School, accessed 9 June 2008.

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