Tara, Queensland

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Commercial Hotel
Tara is located in Queensland
Coordinates 27°16′0″S 150°27′0″E / 27.26667°S 150.45000°E / -27.26667; 150.45000Coordinates: 27°16′0″S 150°27′0″E / 27.26667°S 150.45000°E / -27.26667; 150.45000
Population 855 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4421
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Tara:
Weambilla Montrose Kogan
The Gums Tara Goranba
The Gums Moonie Marmadua

Tara is a town and locality in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Tara had a population of 855.[1]


Tara is on the Darling Downs. Immediately surrounding the urban area of Tara, there are a number of rural subdivisions of 'lifestyle blocks'. The blocks are usually between 13 and 40 ha in area. The population of the 2000 Rural Subdivision blocks exceeds that of the town itself.


Important industries in the area around Tara include wheat, beef, wool and gas.

On 14 March 2011 a blockade against coal seam gas development began at a property called Kenya near Tara. The following day a woman was arrested after she stopped the movement of a bulldozer working for Queensland Gas Company.[4] The next month Bob Irwin was arrested and fined for participating in a rally at the same location. He was protesting against plans to build a coal seam gas pipeline.[5]


Attractions near Tara include Southwood National Park, a remnant area of the southern brigalow belt.

The Commercial Hotel has two murals painted by artist Hugh Sawrey, from nearby Kogan. Painted in 1960, they are You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me and Clancy’s gone to Queensland droving.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tara (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Tara - town (entry 33316)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Tara - locality (entry 47749)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Lisa Martin (15 March 2011). "Great-granny arrested in gas blockade". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bob Irwin fined over gas protest". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Oil town has". The Australian Women's Weekly. 29, (42). Australia, Australia. 21 March 1962. p. 4. Retrieved 20 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ Cooke, Glenn R (2009). "Hugh Sawrey: Biography". Design & Art Australia Online. Archived from the original on 20 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A History of Tara and District with Addenda 1840-1960 by Hector M Ferguson.
  • Tara Shire History 1840-1988 by Tara & Districts Historical Society.

External links[edit]

Media related to Tara, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons