Yaraka, Queensland

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Yaraka is located in Queensland
Coordinates 24°53′00″S 144°05′00″E / 24.88333°S 144.08333°E / -24.88333; 144.08333Coordinates: 24°53′00″S 144°05′00″E / 24.88333°S 144.08333°E / -24.88333; 144.08333
Population 18 (?)[citation needed]
Postcode(s) 4702
LGA(s) Longreach Regional Council
State electorate(s) Gregory
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Welcome to Yaraka sign

Yaraka is a small town in Central West Queensland, Australia. It was the terminus of a railway line. It is lcoated 220 kilometres (140 mi) south of Longreach, 165 kilometres (103 mi) west of Blackall and 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Isisford.

The town has a population of 12 with 117 people living in the surrounding area. The towns average annual income is A$75,000.[citation needed]

The landscape is open Mitchell grass downs country, which provides good grazing country. Grey Range is located near Yaraka and is characterised by rocky ridges, Spinifex grass and mulga.


The first European to pass through the area was Edmund Kennedy in 1847. In 1860, graziers began to populate the area and farm sheep and cattle. In 1910, the State government authorised the building of a 2,060 km railway line in Western Queensland to support the pastoral industry. However, only a quarter of the line was built and Yaraka became the end of the line. The town grew as a railway camp and prospered throughout the 1920s reaching a population of about 100. The line was officially closed on 14 October 2005 and has been dismantled.[1] These days however Yaraka has become known as one of Queensland's 'vanishing towns' and its population is declining.


Summer Average (day) Min temp=35.8⁰, Max temp=37.1⁰ Summer Average (night) Min temp=21.9⁰, Max temp=22.9⁰

Winter Average (day) Min temp=22.5⁰, Max Temp=25.1⁰ Winter Average (night) Min temp=6.5⁰, Max Temp=7.9⁰

Average annual rainfall 451mm


  1. ^ "Jericho Blackall Yaraka branch closing". Railpage. Retrieved 20 August 2013.