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Darling Downs Hotel at Sandy Creek, Allan, 2015.JPG
Darling Downs Hotel erected 1920s
Allan is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 87 (2016 census)
 • Density 10.00/km2 (25.9/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4370
Area 8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Southern Downs Region
State electorate(s) Southern Downs
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Suburbs around Allan:
Leslie Toolburra Rosehill
Leslie Dam Allan Rosehill
Leslie Dam Rosenthal Heights Rosenthal Heights

Allan is a rural locality in the Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. It was formerly known as Sandy Creek. In the 2016 census, Allan had a population of 87 people.


The locality is named after botanist and explorer Allan Cunningham. The district was formerly known as Sandy Creek after the local creek.

A number of hotels were built at Sandy Creek in 1866. Adam Smith built the Darling Downs Hotel in 1875. It operated as a coach stop for changing horses from 1880 until the Allan railway station opened in 1904. In the 1920s, the old Darling Downs Hotel was replaced with the current building.

The Allan State School opened on 13 May 1872 as the Sandy Creek Provisional School. The school and residence were built by W. Wallace and H. Marshall for £304/10/0. In 1929 it became Allan State School. It closed in December 1967.

Heritage listings

The Southern Downs Local Heritage Register lists the following sites in Allan:

  • 280 Sandy Creek Road: Allan State School (formerly Sandy Creek School)
  • 345 Sandy Creek Road: Darling Downs Hotel


The land is used for agricultural purposes, both crops and grazing. The Condamine River forms the north-eastern boundary of the locality, while Sandy Creek flows from the locality.

The Cunningham Highway passes through the locality from the south-east towards the west. The South Western railway line runs roughly parallel to the south of the highway. Major arterial roads in the locality are Sandy Creek Road which runs from the highway north-west towards neighbouring Leslie. The Leslie Dam Road runs south from the highway towards the Leslie Dam.


There are no schools in Allan. The nearest primary schools are Wheatvale State School in Wheatvale to the north-west and Warwick West State School in Warwick to the south-east. The nearest secondary school is Warwick State High School in Warwick to the east.

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