El Arish, Queensland

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El Arish
El Arish Tavern, El Arish, Queensland, 2016.jpg
El Arish Tavern, 2016
El Arish is located in Queensland
El Arish
El Arish
Coordinates17°48′S 146°00′E / 17.800°S 146.000°E / -17.800; 146.000Coordinates: 17°48′S 146°00′E / 17.800°S 146.000°E / -17.800; 146.000
Population442 (2011 census)[1]
Elevation20 m (66 ft)
LGA(s)Cassowary Coast Region
CountyCounty of Nares
ParishParish of Hull[2]
State electorate(s)Hill
Federal Division(s)Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
 ? ? 3,648.9 mm
143.7 in
Localities around El Arish:
Jaffa Jaffa Daveson
Shell Pocket El Arish Maria Creeks
Maadi Friday Pocket Granadilla

El Arish is a small town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region of Queensland, Australia.[3][4]


The town is named after the city of Arish in Egypt where the Australian Light Horse saw action in December 1916 and which was later developed as a major base area with an allied hospital.[3][4]

Soldiers settlement home at El Arish, around 1920

The town was founded in 1921 as a soldier settlement area. Many of the streets were named after high-ranking officers, including:[5]

And some were named after general veterans such as:

  • Francis Martin Street after Francis Paxton Martin who set up some soldier settlements in El Arish in the 1920s.

The El Arish War Memorial is located on the south-west corner of Monash and Ryrie Streets (17°48′23″S 146°00′17″E / 17.806332°S 146.004821°E / -17.806332; 146.004821 (El Arish War Memorial)).[6]

The Maria Creek State School opened on 13 May 1922; it was renamed El Arish State School in 1925.[7][8]

El Arish Post Office opened by 1926 (a receiving office had been open from 1921).[9]

El Arish Tavern was established in 1927.[10]

The area was later settled by Italian Australians who worked in the sugar cane fields.

At the 2006 census El Arish had a population of 232.[11]

The town was hit by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February 2011.[12]

In the 2011 census El Arish had a population of 442 people.[1]

Heritage listings[edit]

Heritage-listed places in El Arish include:[10]

  • the former El Arish railway station, now the El Arish History Station, which houses a small soldier settlement and local history museum collection. There is a social morning tea held in the museum almost every Friday of the year at 9am, and visitors are welcome. A donation of $2 is requested from attendees.
  • the El Arish Tavern.
  • the El Arish RSL Memorial Hall. The hall has been maintained by local volunteers since 1930.


Today, the area is home to a large sugar cane industry and banana plantations.[12]


El Arish State School is a government primary (P-7) school located at 28 Chauvel Street (17°48′28″S 146°00′10″E / 17.80779°S 146.002822°E / -17.80779; 146.002822 (El Arish State School)).[13]


Former El Arish railway station, 2016
RSL Memorial Hall, 2016

The El Arish Country Golf Club has a 9-hole course and is located on Golf Course Road (17°48′36″S 146°00′14″E / 17.81007°S 146.00377°E / -17.81007; 146.00377 (El Arish Country Golf Club)).[14]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "El Arish (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 May 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Parish of Hull in the County of Nares". Brisbane: Survey Office. 1984. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "El Arish (town) (entry 11421)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "El Arish (locality) (entry 45670)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  5. ^ "El Arish". Destinations. Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. ^ "El Arish War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Agency ID5190, El Arish State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  9. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Local Heritage Places" (PDF). Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 August 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "El Arish (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  12. ^ a b Koch, Tony (5 February 2011). "To El Arish, the worst in memory". The Australian. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Queensland State and Non-State Schools". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  14. ^ "El Arish Country Golf Club". World Golf. Retrieved 25 May 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rea, Malcolm M; Australia. Postmaster-General's Department (1967), El Arish, Public Relations Section, P.M.G.'s Dept

External links[edit]

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