Paget, Queensland

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Paget is located in Queensland
Coordinates21°11′05″S 149°09′52″E / 21.1847°S 149.1644°E / -21.1847; 149.1644Coordinates: 21°11′05″S 149°09′52″E / 21.1847°S 149.1644°E / -21.1847; 149.1644
Population273 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density17.96/km2 (46.52/sq mi)
Area15.2 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
LGA(s)Mackay Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Dawson
Suburbs around Paget:
West Mackay South Mackay Coral Sea
Ooralea Paget Coral Sea
Bakers Creek Bakers Creek McEwens Beach

Paget is a coastal suburb of Mackay in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[2]


Paget is bounded to the east by the Coral Sea, to the west by the Bruce Highway, and to the south by Bakers Creek. The suburb is principally used for industrial purposes. The North Coast railway line passes from south to north through the suburb with the Mackay railway station located in Paget.[3]

The land is flat and low-lying (below 10 metres above sea level). The western part of the suburb is principally used for industrial purposes benefitting from the proximity of road and rail access while the eastern oceanside part of the suburb is much less developed.[3] Paget Junction to the north of Mackay railway station (21°09′57″S 149°09′31″E / 21.1658°S 149.1587°E / -21.1658; 149.1587 (Paget Junction)) was the intersection of the North Coast railway line with the now-closed Mackay railway line.

The Bakers Creek Conservation Park occupies the south-east headland created by Bakers Creek entering into the Coral Sea.[3] It is a protected area due to the need to preserve the shorebird habitat consisting of intertidal zones and mangroves; it has been declared a nationally important area for shorebirds. It has a population of the vulnerable species Eracus neglectus (beach stone-curlew). It is considered of internationally significant for migrating shorebirds such as the Charadrius mongolus (lesser sand plover), Numenius madagascariensis (eastern curlew), Calidris tenuirostris (great knot) and Haematopus fuliginosus (sooty oystercatcher).[4]


Walter Trueman Paget after whom the suburb was named

The suburb takes its name from the Paget Junction railway station, which, in turn, was named by Queensland Railways Department on 30 October 1913, in honour of politician Walter Trueman Paget who was the Secretary for Railways 1908 to 1915. In 1943, Paget Junction was shortened to Paget.[2]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Paget (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Paget – suburb in Mackay Region (entry 46823)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Bakers Creek Conservation Park" (PDF). Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Queensland Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.