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Baralaba
Queensland
BaralabaHotel QLD.jpg
The Baralaba Hotel
Population 479 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4702
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Banana
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Baralaba:
Barnard Kokotungo Kokotungo
Alberta Baralaba Banana
Alberta Moura Banana

Baralaba is a small town and rural locality in the Shire of Banana in central Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people.

Geography

The Dawson River forms the western boundary of the locality. The town is located in the north-west corner of the locality beside the river. The Neville Hewitt weir on the river at the town creates a wide river for irrigation and recreation.

The town is located 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of the Leichhardt Highway.

History

The town's name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning "high mountain" referring to nearby Mount Ramsay.

Baralaba Provisional School opened on 19 August 1918. It became a state school on 1 March 1922. In 1964, a secondary department was added.

Baralaba Post Office opened by April 1924 (a receiving office had been open since about 1919).

In May 1941, an Honour Board commemorating those who served in World War II was unveiled at the Returned and Services League of Australia Memorial Hall in Stopford Street (24°10′54″S 149°48′40″E / 24.181750°S 149.811143°E / -24.181750; 149.811143 (Baralaba Memorial Hall & War Memorial)). Outside of the Memorial Hall is a white cross commemorating those who served in all wars and conflicts.

Two coal mines once operated in the Baralaba region. Both closed, but mining operations recommenced at one mine in 2005.

Amenities

Baralaba Golf Club has a 9-hole golf course and is located on Alberta Road.

Events

Every March, there is a campdrafting competition at Baralaba.

The annual Baralaba agricultural show is held in May.

The Saratoga Fishing Competition is held each September.

Heritage listings

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

Population data

In the 2011 census, Baralaba had a population of 479 people. This was in increase from the 2006 census, when Baralaba had a population of 290.

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