Giru, Queensland

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Sugar mill at Giru
Giru is located in Queensland
Coordinates 19°31′S 147°06′E / 19.517°S 147.100°E / -19.517; 147.100Coordinates: 19°31′S 147°06′E / 19.517°S 147.100°E / -19.517; 147.100
Population 627 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4809
LGA(s) Shire of Burdekin
State electorate(s) Burderkin
Federal Division(s) Dawson

Giru is a small town in Queensland, Australia, situated on the Haughton River, 54 kilometres (34 mi) south-east of Townsville.


The Invicta Sugar Mill was relocated from Bundaberg to Giru in 1888. The Giru Post Office opened by 1922.[2] According to the 2011 census, the Giru area had a population of 627.


Giru grocery store

The Bruce Highway bypasses the town. Giru is noted for the Invicta Sugar Mill, which is owned by Wilmar Sugar. The company crushes 3.67 million tonnes of sugar cane annually, the second largest amount in the Southern Hemisphere after Victoria Mill in Ingham. There is serious game fishing in the region, as the barramundi and grunter are highly sought after. There is a bowling club, and the main source of accommodation is the Giru International Hotel. The boat ramp is a fishing hot spot and many people travel to fish there. In September every year, the Giru Show is held, offering activities such as food stalls, homemade cake shops and show rides, horse rides, and an animal farm, as well as a display of several pieces of farming equipment.


The Palm Creek Folk Festival is an annual event held in Giru on the Queen's Birthday public holiday, and stretches over four days. It commonly features known and up-and-coming bands from several genres, ranging from folk to alternative.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Giru (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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