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The Baralaba Hotel
Baralaba is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 314 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.8405/km2 (2.177/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4702
Area 373.6 km2 (144.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Shire of Banana
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Baralaba:
Alberta Kokotungo Kokotungo
Alberta Baralaba Banana
Alberta Moura Banana

Baralaba is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Banana in central Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Baralaba had a population of 314 people.


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.


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.


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


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.


The local economy revolves around beef production and more recently coal mining.

Supermarket in Baralaba October 2019
Baralaba Supermarket, 2019


Baralaba State School October 2019
Baralaba P-10 State School, 2019

Baralaba State School is a government primary and secondary (Prep-10) school for boys and girls at 1 Power Street (24°10′52″S 149°48′35″E / 24.1810°S 149.8097°E / -24.1810; 149.8097 (Baralaba State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 90 students with 12 teachers (9 full-time equivalent) and 15 non-teaching staff (9 full-time equivalent).

The nearest secondary schools offering Years 11 and 12 are located in Moura and Biloela.

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