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Atherton
Queensland
Mainstathertondm.jpg
The main street of Atherton
Population: 7,287
Postcode: 4883
Elevation: 752 m (2,467 ft)
LGA: Tablelands Regional Council
State District: Dalrymple
Federal Division: 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 town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Atherton had a population of 7,287.

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:

  • Herberton Road: Chinatown
  • Herberton Road: Atherton Chinese Temple
  • Kennedy Highway: Atherton War Memorial
  • corner of Kennedy Highway and Rockley Road: Atherton War Cemetery
  • 42 Mable Street: Atherton State School Head Teacher's Residence
  • 53 Main Street: Barron Valley Hotel
  • Mazlin Street: Merriland Hall

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!


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