kids encyclopedia robot

Atherton, Queensland facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Atherton
Queensland
Mainstathertondm.jpg
The main street of Atherton
Atherton is located in Queensland
Atherton
Atherton
Coordinates 17°15′57″S 145°28′41″E / 17.2658°S 145.4780°E / -17.2658; 145.4780 (Atherton (town centre))
Population 7,331 (2016 census)
 • Density 77.91/km2 (201.8/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4883
Elevation 752 m (2,467 ft)
Area 94.1 km2 (36.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Tablelands Region
State electorate(s) Hill
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.6 °C
78 °F
15.3 °C
60 °F
1,387 mm
54.6 in
Localities around Atherton:
Watsonville Tolga Kairi
Watsonville Atherton East Barron
Carrington Wongabel East Barron

Atherton is a rural town and locality in the Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Atherton had a population of 7,331 people.

History

The town was named after John Atherton, a pioneer pastoralist who settled at Mareeba (then known as Emerald End) in 1875. The area was formerly known as Priors Pocket or Priors Creek.

Atherton Post Office opened by 1903 (a receiving office had been open since 1889).

StateLibQld 2 45731 Atherton Main Street near the war memorial statue, Queensland, 1928
Atherton War Memorial in the main street, 1928

The Atherton War Memorial commemorates local residents who died in World War I. It was dedicated on 1 May 1924 by the Tinaroo Shire chairman, Frederick Grau. It is the only war memorial in Queensland of a digger in an animated pose.

The Atherton Courthouse was used as a wartime hospital for officers during World War II and has air raid bunkers beneath the building.

Heritage listings

Atherton has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Climate

Atherton has a humid subtropical climate that differs from the surrounding tropical savannah climate due to the town's elevation high on the Atherton Plateau. Temperature extremes have ranged from 36.7 °C (98.1 °F) to –0.6 °C (30.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,379.8 mm (54.3 in)

Climate data for Atherton (1992-2009)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
32.6
(90.7)
31.1
(88)
29.0
(84.2)
30.0
(86)
30.3
(86.5)
30.0
(86)
34.9
(94.8)
36.7
(98.1)
36.6
(97.9)
36.4
(97.5)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) 28.4
(83.1)
27.8
(82)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
23.4
(74.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
22.4
(72.3)
25.6
(78.1)
27.5
(81.5)
28.7
(83.7)
29.0
(84.2)
25.6
(78.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
16.7
(62.1)
14.0
(57.2)
12.8
(55)
10.2
(50.4)
11.1
(52)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
16.7
(62.1)
18.3
(64.9)
15.3
(59.5)
Record low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
13.8
(56.8)
11.0
(51.8)
8.4
(47.1)
3.0
(37.4)
-0.6
(30.9)
-0.5
(31.1)
1.7
(35.1)
3.0
(37.4)
6.0
(42.8)
7.9
(46.2)
8.0
(46.4)
-0.6
(30.9)
Rainfall mm (inches) 235.5
(9.272)
347.7
(13.689)
224.7
(8.846)
118.7
(4.673)
59.6
(2.346)
42.0
(1.654)
40.0
(1.575)
34.5
(1.358)
19.2
(0.756)
35.2
(1.386)
72.0
(2.835)
150.7
(5.933)
1,379.8
(54.323)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 19.8 20.6 17.4 20.8 16.6 16.1 12.5 11.9 8.3 9.4 11.0 15.5 179.9
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Transport

Atherton Queensland
Atherton streets in 2006

Atherton is joined by the Gillies Highway to Yungaburra, the Kennedy Highway north to Mareeba and south to Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet, the Malanda Road to Malanda and the Herberton Road to Herberton.

Trans North offers a number of return services during a seven-day week between Atherton, Tolga, Walkamin, Mareeba, Kuranda, and Cairns including drop-offs to airport, railway station, hospitals and bus depots. There are connections available between Ravenshoe and Herberton and along the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe. There is an Atherton taxi service.

Culture

Each year towards the end of August, Atherton celebrates the Maize festival, which features a parade with decorated floats, the Maize Queen pageant, children's amusement rides and activities including tug of war and wood chopping. There are also shop window displays and artwork competitions, as well as a prize given to the best float.

The annual Atherton Agricultural Show is held in the second week of July at Atherton Show grounds including Heritage Listed Merriland Hall. The 'Atherton Show' is run by an army of volunteers of the (not-for-profit) Atherton Tableland Agricultural Society. Since 1904 the show brings together the values and aspirations of our community. It is a celebration of achievements ranging from the beauty of a delicate piece of embroidery to excellence in cattle breeding. There is also of course the fun of the rides and games in sideshow alley!

Economy

Due to its moderate climate, cooler and less humid than the tropical coast, and its booming agricultural industries, Atherton has a busy and prosperous community, and a vibrant social and cultural life. Atherton is very attractive to retirees and "tree changers" due to the cool climate, fertile garden soils, housing prices significantly lower than the nearby coastal city of Cairns, and the vibrant cultural life (live music, visual arts, theatre and sport).

The land around Atherton is used to grow a variety of crops, including sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and macadamia nuts. Dairy and beef cattle are also reared in the area.

Education

Atherton State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Armstrong Street (17°15′42″S 145°28′54″E / 17.2616°S 145.4816°E / -17.2616; 145.4816 (Atherton State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 473 students with 45 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 35 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

St Joseph's School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at the corner of Jack & Alice Streets (17°15′55″S 145°28′43″E / 17.2654°S 145.4786°E / -17.2654; 145.4786 (St Joseph's School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 252 students with 19 teachers (16 full-time equivalent) and 14 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).

Jubilee Christian College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 49-57 Loder Street (17°16′26″S 145°28′47″E / 17.2740°S 145.4797°E / -17.2740; 145.4797 (Jubilee Christian College)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 908 students with 47 teachers (37 full-time equivalent) and 45 non-teaching staff (26 full-time equivalent).

Atherton State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Maunds Road (17°15′36″S 145°29′10″E / 17.2600°S 145.4860°E / -17.2600; 145.4860 (Atherton State High School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 780 students with 82 teachers (78 full-time equivalent) and 42 non-teaching staff (34 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program. It also has a virtual campus called the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Atherton has a technical and further education (TAFE) campus, the Tropical North Institute of TAFE. There are also two day care centres in the town.

Notable residents

kids search engine
Atherton, Queensland Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.