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St Stephen's Anglican church
Population 505 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4309
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Beaudesert
Federal Division(s) Blair

Aratula is a small town and locality in Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Aratula had a population of 505.


Aratula is approximately 60 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Ipswich, just east of Cunninghams Gap. Warrill Creek passes very close to the town.


The area was originally known as Carter's Gate, but the name was changed to reflect the railway station name of Aratula.

Carter's Gate Provisional School opened on 29 May 1911. It became a State School on 9 January 1913. The name was changed in August 1913 to Aratula State School.

Aratula Post Office opened around 1925 (a receiving office had been open since 1912) and closed in 1987.

Heritage listings

Aratula has the following heritage sites:

  • 25 Elizabeth Street: St Stephen’s Anglican Church


Local attractions include nearby Moogerah Peaks National Park, Main Range National Park, Lake Moogerah and ballooning.


Aratula is a common rest-stop for travellers coming eastward across the Great Dividing Range. There is a caravan park and a hotel just off the highway.

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