Bluff, Queensland

Bluff is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°35′0″S 149°04′0″E / 23.58333°S 149.06667°E / -23.58333; 149.06667Coordinates: 23°35′0″S 149°04′0″E / 23.58333°S 149.06667°E / -23.58333; 149.06667
Population370 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Central Highlands Region
State electorate(s)Gregory
Federal Division(s)Flynn

Bluff is both a town and a locality in the Central Highlands Region, in Central Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Bluff had a population of 370.[1]


The town is located on the Capricorn Highway, 804 kilometres (500 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane.

Bluff's location between some of Queensland's largest coal mines and the port of Gladstone has led to it becoming a major interchange station for large coal trains, some up to two kilometres long.[4]


Based on artefacts found on the nearby Blackdown Tableland National Park, Aboriginal people lived in this area for thousands of years.[5]

The first European settlement occurred in the district in the 1860s as early pastoralists moved to the area.

The district was originally called Duckworth or Duckworth Creek, but in 1877 the name was changed to Bluff to match the name of the railway station. The Bluff name was derived from a local hill known as Arthur's Bluff.[2][3][5][6]

Duckworth Post Office opened by September 1906 (a receiving office had been open from late 1905) and was renamed Bluff in 1907.[7]

Duckworth Provisional School was established in January 1907 and opened in June 1907. However, the local people disliked the name Duckworth and a few months later, the name was changed to Bluff or Bluff Colliery Provisional School. On 1 January 1909, it became Bluff State School.[8]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bluff (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Bluff (town) (entry 3323)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Bluff (locality) (entry 46919)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Bluff Rail Station". Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Supporting information document" (PDF). Bluff project. Carabella Resources Ltd. pp. 410–411. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  6. ^ "The Progress of Surveys on the Northern Railway". Rockhampton Bulletin (Daily. ed.). 29 June 1874. p. 2. Retrieved 25 April 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Agency ID4860, Bluff State School". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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