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Bouldercombe, 1954.JPG
Bouldercombe and the Dee Range, 1954
Bouldercombe is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°34′0″S 150°28′0″E / 23.56667°S 150.46667°E / -23.56667; 150.46667Coordinates: 23°34′0″S 150°28′0″E / 23.56667°S 150.46667°E / -23.56667; 150.46667
Population698 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Rockhampton Region
State electorate(s)Mirani
Federal Division(s)Flynn
Localities around Bouldercombe:
Kabra Gracemere Port Curtis
Stanwell Bouldercombe Midgee
The Mine
Leydens Hill
Struck Oil

Bouldercombe is a town and rural locality in the Rockhampton Region in Central Queensland, Australia.[2][3] The town is on the Burnett Highway, 636 kilometres (395 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane and 22 kilometres (14 mi) south of the regional centre of Rockhampton. At the 2011 census, Bouldercombe had a population of 698.[1]


Bouldercombe came into existence in 1865 when gold was found at nearby Crocodile Creek and Gavial Creek. Within a year over 2000 miners were living in the area.[4] The town was originally called Crocodile after the creek name.[5][6][7]

Land sales occurred in 1867.[8]

Crocodile Creek Provisional School opened on 14 August 1871. It was later closed and reopened on 15 August 1881. It was later relocated to a new building at Bouldercombe. On 23 February 1900 it was renamed Bouldercombe State School.[9][10]

By 1876, the gold rush was over and the population slumped to 149, but the discovery of gold at nearby Mount Usher in 1897 caused the population to rise to over 1000 people for a short time.[6]

The Royal Hotel opened on the corner of Mount Usher Road and Oleander Street on 5 March 1897 under licensee Samuel Heiser; the hotel is still operating in 2014.[5]

The Crocodile Creek Gold Dredging Company started up in 1935 to extract gold by alluvial washing and operated until 1946.[6]

Since that time, the area has mainly been known for its citrus growing.[4]

In 1976 a brickworks was established.[4]

Post offices[edit]

The post office history reflects the history of the locality: Crocodile Creek Post Office opened on 24 September 1866 and closed in 1879; the first Bouldercombe Post Office opened on 7 September 1883 and closed in 1889; Mount Usher Receiving Office opened by 1899, was raised to post office status in 1900, closed in 1906, reopened in 1909, was reduced in status in 1913, was renamed Bouldercombe in 1924 and closed in 1927; the third Bouldercombe Post Office opened on 28 August 1928 and closed in 1977.[11]


Bouldercombe State School is a government primary (P-7) school located at 52599 Burnett Highway (23°33′50″S 150°28′16″E / 23.563935°S 150.471057°E / -23.563935; 150.471057 (Bouldercombe State School)).[12] In 2012, it had 122 students and 10 teachers (7.9 full-time equivalent).[13]


Bouldercombe is the gateway to the Bouldercombe Gorge Resources Reserve, including Bouldercombe Falls.[14]

The Bicentennial National Trail passes through Bouldercombe.[15]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bouldercombe (L)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 March 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Bouldercombe - town in Rockhampton Region (entry 3989)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Bouldercombe - locality in the Rockhampton Region (entry 48540)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Bouldercombe". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Royal Hotel Bouldercombe: Centenary 1897-1997" (PDF). Bruce Roy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Bouldercombe". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Crocodile Fields". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 27 March 1897. p. 12 Supplement: Unknown. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  8. ^ "GOVERNMENT LAND SALES". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 26 January 1867. p. 5. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Agency ID4997, Bouldercombe State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  11. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  13. ^ "2012 School Annual Report" (PDF). Bouldercombe State School. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast" (PDF). Parks and forests. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Section Four – Kabra to Biggenden". Bicentennial National Trail. Retrieved 23 March 2014.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Bouldercombe". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.