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St Stephen's Anglican church
Aratula is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 532 (2016 census)
 • Density 20.31/km2 (52.6/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4309
Area 26.2 km2 (10.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Scenic Rim Region
State electorate(s) Scenic Rim
Federal Division(s) Blair
Localities around Aratula:
Frazerview Frazerview Fassifern
Tarome Aratula Morwincha
Tarome Mount Edwards Charlwood

Aratula is a rural town and locality in the Scenic Rim Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Aratula had a population of 532 people.


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.


Aratula has a population of 532 at the 2016 census. The locality contains 150 households, in which 50.5% of the population are males and 49.5% of the population are females with a median age of 42, 4 years above the national average. The average weekly household income is $1,187, $251 below the national average.


Aratula State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 41 Elizabeth Street (27°58′51″S 152°32′39″E / 27.9808°S 152.5441°E / -27.9808; 152.5441 (Aratula State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 44 students with 7 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 6 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

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