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Entering Bauple, 2010
Bauple is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 644 (2016 census)
 • Density 7.854/km2 (20.34/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4650
Area 82.0 km2 (31.7 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Fraser Coast Region
State electorate(s) Gympie
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay
Localities around Bauple:
Tiaro Tiaro Talegall Weir
Netherby Bauple Bauple Forest
Gundiah Gootchie Bauple Forest

Bauple is a rural town and locality in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Bauple had a population of 644 people.


Sugarcane workers in the canefields in the Bauple District Queensland circa 1920
Sugarcane workers in the canefields in the Bauple district, circa 1920

Bauple is principally flat farming land (elevation 50 metres) with Mount Bauple rising to 450 metres in the west of the locality with some hills (elevation 150 metres) in the north-east. The town is located centrally within the locality. The Bruce Highway passes through the location from south to north, bypassing the town to the east. The town is now accessed Bauple Drive, the former route of the Bruce Highway before the town was bypassed.

Sugarcane is the major crop in the area.


The town was originally called Raby but the name was changed to Bauple on 20 November 1896, named after Mount Bauple. Bauple is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word baupval in the Kabi language referring to a frilled lizard. In the Dreamtime, the spirit of the lizard guarded the sacred place on the mountain where stone axes were obtained.

In 1858 bauple nuts were discovered in Bauple; they are now known as macadamia nuts.

The Mount Bauple sugar mill was established in 1896; it was the largest in the district. It closed in 1951, as the sugarcane was then being sent to mills in Nambour and Maryborough.

Raby State School opened on 8 July 1901 with 58 students. It was renamed Bauple State School on 16 May 1935.


Bauple Historical & Cultural Centre
Bauple Historical & Cultural Centre, 2010

The Mount Bauple Museum is operated by the Mount Bauple and District Historical Society. One exhibit is a crocodile skin from a crocodile found in the Mary River near Owanyilla in 1964. The society have also restored a 1907 Fowler-built locomotive used at the Isis Sugar Mill, similar to one used at the Mount Bauple mill.

There is a self-guided heritage trail through the town passing 24 historic sites.


The Bauple Nut Bash is held annually in the Bauple Recreation Grounds.


Bauple State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 44 Forestry Road (25°48′44″S 152°37′22″E / 25.8121°S 152.6228°E / -25.8121; 152.6228 (Bauple State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 47 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 7 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 36 students with 3 teachers (2 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (3 full-time equivalent).

There is no secondary school in Bauple. The nearest government secondary schools are Maryborough State High School in Maryborough to the north-east and James Nash State High School in Gympie to the south.

Notable people

Notable people who come from or have resided in Bauple include:

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