Kelso, Queensland

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Kelso Queensland sign.jpg
Population 8,699 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 4815
LGA(s) City of Townsville
State electorate(s) Thuringowa
Federal Division(s) Herbert
Suburbs around Kelso:
Gumlow Rasmussen

Kelso is a suburb in the City of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, the last of three suburbs along Riverway Drive. Kelso is the only suburb on Riverway Drive that has homes backing onto the Ross River.


Kelso was named after Scottish immigrants, and early settlers, Mary and James Kelso, who had cattle property in 1878 called Laudham Park on Five Head Creek.[2][dead link] To make way for construction of the Ross River Dam in 1970, the Townsville City Council resumed 1620ha of the property's best grazing land. At its peak, Laudham Park stretched for more than 40,000ha along both banks of the Upper Ross River to the foothills of Mount Stuart and out to the Pinnacles part of Hervey Range.[3][dead link] Most of what was Laudham Park is today under water due to the construction of the dam and the rest is now the suburb of Kelso. The first residential blocks started selling back in 1966.



Kelso is connected to Townsville by the Sunbus Townsville. This is also a source of transport for most students who go to schools around Kelso and Townsville, to and from school.


Access to commercial flights are from the Townsville Airport.


Of course, Kelso is connected to everywhere by road.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kelso (Thuringowa City) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Dr. Peter Bell (10 April 2003). "History of Ross River" (PDF). City of Thuringowa. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Chris Jones. "History Rests Under The Tide Of Progress". Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd. Retrieved 27 March 2010. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 19°23′48″S 146°43′14″E / 19.39667°S 146.72056°E / -19.39667; 146.72056