Peak Crossing, Queensland

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Peak Crossing
Ipswich Boonah Road at Peak Crossing.jpg
Ipswich Boonah Road, 2015
Peak Crossing is located in Queensland
Peak Crossing
Peak Crossing
Coordinates27°47′21″S 152°45′19″E / 27.78917°S 152.75528°E / -27.78917; 152.75528Coordinates: 27°47′21″S 152°45′19″E / 27.78917°S 152.75528°E / -27.78917; 152.75528
Population768 (2011 census)[1]
Location20 km (12 mi) S of Ipswich
State electorate(s)Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Peak Crossing:
Mutdapilly Purga
South Ripley
Mutdapilly Peak Crossing Lyons
Harrisville Limestone Ridges

Peak Crossing is a locality split between the City of Ipswich and the Scenic Rim Region of Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Peak Crossing had a population of 768 people.[1]


Flinders Peak, 2015

Peak Crossing is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Ipswich. The town is surrounded by farming land, mostly small cropping.[4] The western boundary is marked by the east branch of Warrill Creek, a tributary of the Bremer River. Just upstream from where the road joining Peak Crossing with Mutdapilly crosses Warrill Creek is the Churchbank Weir.

The eastern parts of Peak Crossing are dominated by the naturally vegetated central peaks of the Teviot Range. These include Mount Goolman, Ivorys Rock (Muntambin), Mount Blaine and Flinders Peak. Also located here is the Flinders Peak Conservation Park and sections of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate. These parks are used for bushwalking, horse riding, mountain bike riding and camping.[5]


Peak Crossing Public Hall, 2015

The name Peak Crossing refers to a mountain and a once important road crossing. The mountain Flinders Peak is to the east of the township, named in honour of the explorer Matthew Flinders.[6] The road crossing is the intersection of the Ipswich-Boonah Road and the Old Warwick Road (which connected Ipswich to the local towns Boonah and Warwick respectively), which is adjacent to Purga Creek.[4] Today, these roads are of less importance as the Cunningham Highway (approx 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of Peak Crossing) carries most of the traffic to these destinations.

Purga Creek School [7]opened on 4 September 1871. It was renamed Peak Mountain State School before 1875. In the early 1920s it was renamed Peak Crossing State School.[8][9]

Peak Crossing Post Office opened on 2 January 1886 (a receiving office had been open from 1885.[10]

Heritage listings[edit]

Flinders Uniting Church, 2015

Peak Crossing has the following heritage-listed sites:

  • 33-35 Fassifern Street: Peak Crossing Public Hall [11]
  • 93 Flinders Street: Flinders Uniting Church [11]


The Scenic Rim Regional Council operates a mobile library service which visits the Peak Mountain View Park.[12]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Peak Crossing (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 May 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Peak Crossing (Ipswich City) (entry 45068)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Peak Crossing (Scenic Rim Region) (entry 45211)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Scenic Rim Stories and Communities". Visit Scenic Rim. Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate" (PDF). Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Flinders Peak (entry 12778)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  7. ^ ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. (1871, August 8). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 3. Retrieved January 28, 2017, from
  8. ^ "Opening and closing dates of Queensland Schools". Queensland Government. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Agency ID5615, Peak Crossing State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Local Heritage Register" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Mobile Library" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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