Torrens Creek

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Torrens Creek
Queensland
Exchange Hotel - Torrens Creek.jpg
The Exchange Hotel at Torrens Creek
Torrens Creek is located in Queensland
Torrens Creek
Torrens Creek
Coordinates 20°46′0″S 145°01′0″E / 20.76667°S 145.01667°E / -20.76667; 145.01667Coordinates: 20°46′0″S 145°01′0″E / 20.76667°S 145.01667°E / -20.76667; 145.01667
Population 64 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4816
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Flinders
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy

Torrens Creek is a locality in northern Queensland, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Flinders and on the Flinders Highway, 1,503 kilometres (934 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane and 293 kilometres (182 mi) west of the regional centre of Townsville. At the 2006 census, Torrens Creek and the surrounding area had a population of 64.[1]

Torrens Creek State School, now closed, opened in 1891. The town has a hotel (pub) and a garage.[2]

The town is named for the creek that forms part of the headwaters of the Thomson River.[3] In 1942 a large World War II ammunition dump exploded when a fire lit by American and Australian soldiers to create a firebreak got out of control. A series of 12 explosions resulted leaving craters 20 feet (6.1 m) deep, nearly destroying the town.[3]

Long distance rail services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Townsville
The Inlander
toward Mount Isa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Torrens Creek (Flinders Shire) (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Flinders Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Torrens Creek". Outback Queensland. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

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